Rory McIlroy calls Muirfield women ban obscene

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Rory McIlroy calls Muirfield women ban obscene

(CNN) They finally voted to accept women as members, but Rory McIlroy says the need for Muirfield golfers to have a second ballot on the issue was "obscene" and "horrendous".

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns and runs Muirfield, voted 80 per cent in favour of the rule change on Tuesday, having initially rejected the change with a majority "no" vote in May 2016.

And that decision was swiftly followed by one from the R&A which means Muirfield, which has hosted the Open 16 times, will again be eligible to stage the sport's oldest major championship.

"In this day and age, where you've got women that are like the leaders of certain industries and women that are heads of state and not to be able to join a golf course?"

"Obviously, I was outspoken about this before whenever the vote went the first time around". Women are allowed to play there, but an initial ballot to allow women members failed in May past year when only 64 percent voted in favor. I mean, it's obscene.

On Tuesday, Muirfield was cleared to host The Open once again after voting to admit women members for the first time, having been told it would not be considered previous year after a ballot to overturn a ban was rejected. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews opened its membership to women in 2014. "It is vital clubs and sports organisations play their part in promoting equality", she said. "Like, it's ridiculous. So they sort of saw sense".

"We are going to apply as much
marketing analysis as we can and I think there is a big short in our relationship with clubs", he said.

The East Lothian site is one of the four courses which has hosted The Open which is yet to entertain the women's version of the event - one of five majors on the Ladies Professional Gold Association Tour. The club also voted that potential female members will be subject to the same long waiting line as men, which typically takes two to three years.

Chief executive Martin Slumbers believes getting more people to watch the Open, which moved from the BBC to Sky a year ago, is a similar challenge to increasing golf participation, and clubs can play a key role in aiding this. And Hull would be prepared to play at the event at the Scottish course, despite its chequered history.

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