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Apr 10, 2011 9:55 PM

Masters Officials Apologize To Female Reporter Banned From Locker Room

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Masters officials have apologized to sports columnist Tara Sullivan of The Bergen (N.J.) Record after she was denied entry to a locker room for a post-tournament interview.

Augusta National spokesman Steve Ethun says a security guard acted improperly in stopping Sullivan, since club policy is to provide equal access to all reporters. Several female reporters at the tournament confirmed they had made numerous trips to the locker room for interviews in the past.

Ethun says "it should not have happened" and that Augusta National officials will work "as hard as we can to make sure it does not happen again."

Sullivan was among a crowd of reporters following third-round leader Rory McIlroy from the course into the clubhouse after his collapse in the final round.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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