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Payne to retire as Masters chairman

In this April 6, 2016 photo, Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne smiles during a news conference at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Payne announced Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, that he is retiring as chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Billy Payne is retiring as chairman of Augusta National and the Masters, ending 11 years of substantial change that included the club having its first female members and playing a leading role in growing the game around the world.

Payne officially retires on Oct. 16 when the club opens for a new season.

"There are two people that matter here - Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones," Payne said of the Augusta National co-founders. "The rest of us are custodians. We do our best to first embrace, and thereafter hopefully to advance their philosophies for this club and for the game of golf - their obsession for detail, their passion to be the best. And I've done that now for a considerable number of years."

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