Muirfield back on British Open rota after ending men-only membership policy

Muirfield back on British Open rota after ending men-only membership policy

The R&A made it clear Muirfield wouldn't host The Open until it admitted women members. Having done so, the club is back on the rota.

Muirfield has been cleared to host the British Open once again after voting to admit women members for the first time.

The club was told last year that it no longer would be considered as a venue for the major tournament, after a ballot measure failed to overturn its ban on female members.

However, Muirfield's membership, known as the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, has overturned that decision in a second vote, with the results announced Tuesday.

A statement from R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers read: "In light of today's decision by the Honourable Company we can confirm that Muirfield will become a venue for the Open once again.

"Muirfield has a long and important history of hosting The Open and with today's announcement that will continue.

"It is extremely important for us in staging one of the world's great sporting events that women can become members at all of our host clubs.

"Muirfield is a truly outstanding Open venue and we very much look forward to taking the Championship back there in future."

The Open last visited Muirfield in 2013, the 16th time the Scottish course acted as host for the Grand Slam tournament.

Club captain Henry Fairweather said: "The most important thing has been to decide what is the right thing for the future, long-term interests of the club.

"That has been the commitee's main consideration throughout, rather than simply to retain The Open."

The course, south of Edinburgh, isn't due to host the Open until 2022 at the earliest.

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