In his relatively short time, Billy Payne has fulfilled an enormous to-do list, ranging from admitting the first women into the club to the successful development of the Drive, Pitch and Putt Championship, demonstrating vision, grit and nuanced gifts for leadership.

Just days after Augusta National Inc. -- the company that owns Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters tournament -- filed a federal lawsuit to stop the auctioning off of three green jackets, a judge ruled in its favour. At least, for now.