Muirfield: HCEG says ‘Yes’ to women

Getty Images 155269247

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers have voted to admit women members for the first time in the Muirfield club’s 273-year history.

The result of a postal ballot was revealed by captain Henry Fairweather outside the clubhouse today, with the required majority achieved at the comfortably this time around.

There were 498 votes (80.2%) in favour of admitting women members, with 123 votes (19.8%) against.

Last May, the result of the first postal ballot to admit women members fell 14 votes short of what was required, sparking outrage from then Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Muirfield was promptly removed from its position on The Open rota with chief executive of The R&A, Martin Slumbers, saying that it would not continue to take the event to a club that upheld such a membership policy.

Read more -> Paddy Power speak out on Muirfield prank

Open Flag

Last month, though, Slumbers dangled the carrot to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers – hinting at a swift return to the rota if a ‘Yes’ vote was achieved.

“I’m very pleased that they are having a second vote,” Slumbers told Golf Digest last month. “Muirfield is a wonderful course and it is a great Open venue. We will make an announcement very quickly after the result of the vote is known.

If Muirfield is reinstated to The Open rota, the earliest it is likely to host the event is 2022.

The East Lothian venue last hosted The Open in 2013, where Phil Mickelson claimed his fifth major title and what is still his most recent professional win.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
THE CORRECT WAY TO REPAIR A PITCH MARK
Pitch Mark
play button
SHOULD YOU BE USING HONMA GOLF CLUBS? – TR21 X & T//WORLD GS review
Honma
play button
HOW MUCH HAVE CALLAWAY DRIVERS CHANGED IN 30 YEARS?
Big Bertha
play button
CAN WE SMASH IT LIKE A LONG DRIVE CHAMP?
Long Drive
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Colin Gillies takes new role at Affordable Golf
Jose Maria Olazabal "proud" of Masters performance
Robert MacIntyre hoping for perfect sign-off to US 'road trip'
Kevin Craggs to caddie for Monty this week
New golf film in production starring multiple Oscar winner

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
A simple takeaway drill from Peter Barber
Watch
play button
A two-minute set-up MOT
Callaway
play button
Don’t shift your weight off the ball
Watch
play button
Make a bigger shoulder turn
Watch
See all videos right arrow