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Muirfield taken off Open rota after voting against women members

Secret ballot failed to reach the two-thirds quota for change

Muirfield was removed from the list of courses that can host The Open Championship after the Scottish club voted against admitting female members in a move that provoked sharp criticism from players and lawmakers.

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns Muirfield, announced its decision to retain the club’s male-only policy following a ballot of its 750 members. It narrowly failed to make the two-thirds majority required for a change to take place.

The Royal and Ancient said Muirfield has been taken off the list of courses that can host golf’s oldest major championship.

“Going forward we will not stage the Championship at a venue that does not admit women as members,” R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said in a statement. “If the policy at the club should change, we would reconsider Muirfield as a venue for The Open in future.”

Muirfield is one of 10 courses on The Open Championship rotation and has staged the event 16 times, most recently in 2013. 

Padraig Harrington backed the R&A’s decision to remove Muirfield from the list of hosts.

“We love playing the golf course but there’s more to modern golf than just the course,” Harrington said. “Gone are the days where you can discriminate in a club. The R&A have a bigger responsibility to society, and they’ve done the right thing.”


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