McIlroy calls Muirfield's delay in allowing women members 'obscene'

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Being welcomed by almost everyone, including Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the move is a long overdue step towards eradicating the skewed ideas that do not allow women to be members of world's most coveted golf clubs, The Guardian reports.

"So, anyway, we'll go back there for the Open Championship at some point and I won't be having many cups of tea with the members afterwards".

"I mean, in this day and age, where you've got women that are leaders of certain industries and women that are heads of state and not be able to join a golf course - I mean, it's obscene".

"Obviously, I was outspoken about this before whenever the vote went the first time around". Muirfield golf club members have voted to admit women members after the privately owned club voted eighty percent in favour in updating the membership policy.

The results of the second vote were announced Tuesday, with 80.2 percent voting to allow women to become members.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Northern Irishman welcomed the decision of the latest ballot, which saw 498 of 621 voters back the inclusion of women members.

"I just don't get it", added McIlroy, who is targeting a career grand slam of all four majors at the Masters early next month.

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"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.

Muirfield has hosted the Open Championship sixteen times, including in 2013 when Phil Mickelson took home the Claret Jug.

According to ESPN, Muirfield would next be eligible to host the British Open in 2021.

However great the move is, women will have to wait for almost two-three years because the current waiting list is bound to take that long to exhaust. "The current waiting list for membership at Muirfield suggests that new candidates for membership, women and men, can expect to wait two to three years, or longer, to become a member of the club", the HGEC said in a statement.

Thomas Bjorn was one of the first to welcome Muirfield to the 21st century on twitter, while Gary Player said the vote was crucial to the future of golf.

"It will help make the golf course notice that if they want to have a place like that in the Olympics as a venue, then they have to change".

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