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Muirfield on British Open banned list

Posted by Betonline team on 6/1/2016 6:04:48 AM
Muirfield on British Open banned list

Golfer Gary Player is an old-school guy who won the 1959 British Open at Muirfield Golf Club, which has played host to 16 Championships.

However, it won’t do so anytime soon because it voted to exclude women as members. A total of 616 members cast votes and 64 percent voted to admit women, but that barely fell short of the two-thirds needed to pass the resolution. Maybe they should do a recount. Player surely would be in favor of it.

“As much as I love and respect Muirfield as a club where I won the Open, I totally agree with the R & A that staging the championship at any venue that does not admit women as members are simply unacceptable,” Player wrote on his Twitter account. “I hope Muirfield will reconsider their position soon and continue hosting one of the world’s greatest golfing events.”

Catriona Matthew is from Scotland and won the Women’s British Open in 2009 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club. She too was outraged.

“Embarrassed to be a Scottish women golfer from East Lothian after that decision,” she wrote.

The R & A appears to be lukewarm on Turnberry, which is owned by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who bought the club in 2014. Trump is not the best ambassador for women’s rights but the British and Scottish just do not like him as a person and businessman.

Even stuffy Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia admitted former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore in 2012.

Now retired R & A chief executive Peter Dawson was standoffish and boorish when he talked about the discriminatory practices by some clubs.

“Obviously, the whole issue of gender and single-sex clubs has been beaten pretty much to death,” he told reporters in 2013. “It’s a subject that we’re finding increasingly difficult, to be honest.”

Muirfield being stripped of the Open is huge news. This club has hosted 16 Majors and was part of the written rules of golf as far back as 1744.

Current chief executive of the R &A Martin Slumbers issued a statement.

“We have consistently said that it is a matter for the Honorable Company to conduct a review of its membership policy and that we would await their decision. The Open is one of the world’s great sporting events, and going forward we will not stage the Championship at a venue that does not admit women as members.”

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