Sunday 20 August 2017

'It's horrendous' - Rory McIlroy blasts Muirfield members who voted against allowing females join

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 15: Rory McIlroy speaks to the media prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 15, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 15: Rory McIlroy speaks to the media prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 15, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
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Muirfield yesterday voted to allow female members for the first time in its history, but Rory McIlroy was still disgusted that 20% voted against the proposal, branding it 'horrendous'.

The links course was a regular host of the Open Championship, most recently in 2013, but was removed from the rota in 2016 after a vote to allow female members didn't reach the required majority. Former Open champion McIlroy was very critical of the decision at the time, and when asked about Muirfield's move today, the golfer was typically forthright.

"Muirfield wouldn't be one of my favourite Open rota courses, so no matter the decision yesterday, if it had been kept off The Open Championship rota, I wouldn't have been that unhappy," he told the media ahead of the Arnold Palmer invitational.

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

The four-time Major champion was then asked about the fact that 20% of members didn't want to allow females join their club.

"It's horrendous. I don't get it. 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."

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