• Decision comes two weeks before the Open Championship
• "It is the right decision for the club" says captain
ROYAL TROON | THE OPEN
Royal Troon has voted overwhelmingly in favour of admitting women members.
At a special general meeting at the club this evening, more than three-quarters of members voted in favour of changing the club's membership policy. The news comes less than a fortnight ahead of the Ayrshire club hosting the Open Championship.
Club captain Martin Cheyne told the BBC: "We have said a number of times recently that it is important for golf clubs to reflect the society in which we exist and the modern world that looks to us.
"Therefore, I am delighted with the decision taken by members of Royal Troon this evening and look forward to welcoming women to our great club.
"It is the right decision for the club today, and for the generations of golfers that will follow."
The vote at Royal Troon wasn't expected to occur until later this year. However, after such negative publicity for Muirfield in the aftermath of their decision to remain male-only, it was brought forward to happen before the Open Championship so there would be no cloud hanging over the club, which last staged the Open in 2004.
Cheyne added: "Tonight, we turn our attention to jointly hosting the 145th Open Championship with our great friends at The Ladies Golf Club, Troon.
"We can now all be focused on golf and showcasing this wonderful club and golf course to the huge global audience that this most prestigious championship commands."
"We welcome this decision by the membership at Royal Troon" - R&A statement
In a statement, the R&A said: “We welcome this decision by the membership at Royal Troon and recognise its significance for the club.
“Our focus today is very much on the 145th Open in just under two weeks’ time but we can now look forward to many more great championships at Royal Troon in years to come.”
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will NOT feature in this year's Open as he continues his recovery from a long-standing back injury. The three-time former champion's place in the field has been taken by Marcus Fraser. This will be the first time in Woods' professional career that he has missed three consecutive majors.
Royal Troon :: Admits women members
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