Muirfield golf club votes to admit female members after second ballot less than a year after voting against motion

Muirfield golf club has voted to admit female members – less than a year after voting to keep them out.

The club in Scotland was told after last May’s ballot that they would no longer be able to host the Open Championship.

That prompted a second vote, with more than the necessary two-thirds of eligible voters backing the move.

Muirfield held a fresh ballot less than a year after the first one
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Club captain Henry Fairweather will officially announce the result at 11.30am.

He said previously: “A substantial majority of our members voted for change and many have voiced their disappointment with the ballot result and with subsequent events.

“The club committee believes that a clear and decisive vote in favour of admitting women as members is required to enable us to begin the task of restoring the reputation of the club that has been damaged by the earlier ballot outcome.”

Muirfield has staged the Open 16 times and produced a who’s who of champions, including Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo (twice), Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson.

Speaking after the first vote, former Open champion Rory McIlroy said: “They (Muirfield) can do what they want, but in this day and age it’s not right to host the world’s biggest tournament at a place that does not allow women to become members.

“Hopefully they can see some sense and we can get it back there one day.”

Muirfield last staged the Open in 2013 and the earliest it could do so again would be 2022. The venues up to 2019 had previously been announced, with Royal St George’s named as the host for 2020 in February. The 150th edition of the Open in 2021 is set to be held at St Andrews.

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