British Open back on agenda for Muirfield as golf club passes move

first_img WOMEN WILL FINALLY be allowed to join the famous Muirfield golf club after members passed the proposal for change with an 80.2% majority today, in a decision that could see the British Open return to the Scottish venue.More than 92% of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers members, which owns and runs the Muirfield course, took part in the vote, 498 being in favour of the move and 123 against.The motion needed a two-thirds majority to be passed, and after a previous attempt to change the rules failed last May, there was no such trouble this time around.After last year’s push for change narrowly missed the two-thirds quota, the R&A, golf’s ruling body, announced that the course would not be in the mix to host the British Open again while the rule remained in place.However, on the back of today’s decision, the R&A has already confirmed that Muirfield will be able to host the iconic event once more. British Open back on agenda for Muirfield as golf club passes move to allow female members The vote for change cleared the required two-thirds majority this time around. Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 2:20 PM Mar 14th 2017, 2:20 PM Muirfield’s famous clubhouse. Share Tweet Email1 8,193 Views Muirfield’s famous clubhouse. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Source: Sky News/Twitter Short URLcenter_img By Alan Waldron “We look forward to welcoming women as members” at #Muirfield says captain of HCEG club after second vote— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 14, 2017 Source: The R&A/Twitter Image: PA Archive/PA Images The complete chancer’s guide to getting through the Cheltenham FestivalBernard Jackman parts ways with Grenoble with immediate effect 15 Comments In light of today’s decision by the Honourable Company we can confirm that Muirfield will become a venue for @TheOpen once again.— The R&A (@RandA) March 14, 2017 The club, which was founded in 1744, has previously hosted the British Open on 16 occasions, most recently in 2013, when Phil Mickelson prevailed.Dublin’s Portmarnock Golf Club is one of the remaining venues around the world that still retains its male-only policy.Meanwhile, BBC has announced an extension of its deal to broadcast the US Masters which will see the British broadcaster continue to screen highlights from the opening two rounds at Augusta and the third and fourth rounds in full.This year’s tournament will run from 6-9 April. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more