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Rice Drives Through Golf Stereotypes

Lance Iversen/San Francisco Chronicle

Condoleezza Rice's first name comes from the Italian musical term con dolcezza - "with sweetness." That was how Rice played her round Thursday at Pebble Beach on the first day of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. She was all smiles and nods to the galleries, backslaps and friendly chatter with her group.

And that's how Rice, intentionally or not, is quietly helping change the face of golf for women and people of color. She keeps popping up at golf clubs and in tournaments that were once fortresses of the white, male ruling elite.

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