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Johnson to step aside after eight years

Updated: May 6, 2006, 5:57 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Billy Payne, who ran the Atlanta Olympics a decade ago, is replacing Hootie Johnson as chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters.

The 75-year-old Johnson had served in the role since 1998, most prominently turning back demands that women be allowed to join the club.

Johnson also ordered two major overhauls of the course, adding 460 yards -- making it the second-longest test in major championship history -- to counter rapidly improving equipment and ...

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