• Condoleezza Rice golfs in pro-am before Women's PGA Championship

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice teed it up Tuesday in the pro-am for the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

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    Rice, who was national security advisor to former President George W. Bush before becoming secretary of state, played at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, WCCO reported. The pro-am is part of the week's activities for one of the five major tournaments on the women's pro golf tour.

    “When I think of Minnesota, I think of lakes, I think of (Mall of America), and I think about the fact that I went to the University of Denver and I had at least three college sorority sisters from Minnesota,” Rice told the television station.

    It's not the first time Rice has played in an event before one of the LGPA's majors. In 2017 she competed in the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship, according to LPGA.com. 

    Rice also made history in 2012 as one of the first two women members at Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters, The New York Times reported. The other member was Darla Moore, a South Carolina financier and philanthropist, the newspaper reported. 

    In February, Rice competed at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

    On Tuesday, Rice said this week's tournament was also a groundbreaking event .

    “I think it’s a breakthrough time for women in golf,” Rice told WCCO. “We’ve had the Augusta Nationals women’s amateur, we have a wonderful professional tournament here.”

    The Women's PGA Championship begins Thursday.

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