Muirfield set to FINALLY let women become members after being male only since 1744

Muirfield members are FINALLY set to abolish their men only rule and let women become members.

The Scottish golf club’s committee failed to get the required two-thirds support it needed to change their membership policy last May.

The attempt to alter the out-of-date rule missed out by just 14 votes – but there is renewed confidence the motion will pass this time around according to the Daily Mail .

The result was seen as an embarrassment for the image of golf in the 21st century after a no campaign was staged by members of Muirfield, which was founded in 1744.

Phil Mickelson of the United States hugs wife Amy and children Evan, Amanda and Sophia
Phil Mickelson won the last Open Championship at Muirfield
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Muirfield golf club in Scotland
Muirfield in all its splendour
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After last year’s controversially vote the course was axed from the Open rota – which is thought to be the main reason for the change in heart for some voters.

Muirfield has hosted the Open 16 times, the last time in 2013 when Phil Mickelson triumphed.

It is thought some members will still oppose the rule change as they do not care about the course hosting the major tournament.

A Muirfield security guard tries to remove Paddy Power’s cheeky Jurrassic Park sign from the club gates.
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The main reason members have objected to females roaming the course was a worry they would slow other golfers down.

HCEG captain Henry Fairweather said last year: “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.”

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