Though the Muirfield golf club in Scotland has hosted the British Open a total of 16 times in its esteemed history, it will no longer be allowed to do so until it allows female members, the AP reports.
The 616 club members voted yesterday on whether to admit women, but the motion, which required a two-thirds majority, was denied by a 36 percent vote. Immediately after that, the Royal and Ancient, which runs the British Open, announced that Muirfield would no longer be allowed to host the famous cup.
“Going forward we will not stage the Championship at a venue that does not admit women as members,” said the R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers in a statement. “If the policy at the club should change, we would reconsider Muirfield as a venue for The Open in future.”
The decision by the Muirfield club met with disappointment from many prominent Scots and golfers, including Gary Player, who won the British Open at Muirfield in 1959, Padraig Harrington, who has won the British Open twice and Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister.
Among the reasons for why members did not want to admit women were concerns that female golfers would play too slowly. Since golf is obviously a very fast-paced game.