Friday 30 September 2016

McIlroy to 'put pressure' on Portmarnock to allow female members after Muirfield decision

Published 20/05/2016 | 14:58

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

It is not often that the members of a golf course get more coverage than those swinging the clubs but that was the case over the last few days after Muirfield voted against allowing female members.

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The course had been in the Open Championship rotation, last hosting in 2013, but the R&A moved swiftly to revoke their status as a host venue after their decision.

Speaking after his round at the Irish Open today, Rory McIlroy, who is neck and neck with Masters champions Danny Willett at the top of the leaderboard, was asked about Portmarnock golf club's similar policy on women members.

He said he was going to 'put pressure' on the Dublin course, which last hosted the Irish Open in 2003, to change their rules and allow female members.

"I've always thought that Portmarnock was one of the best venues for the Irish Open because of its proximity to Dublin and its proximity to the airport but obviously that issue is holding them back as well," McIlroy told Sky Sports

"We've had conversations about it and they are in the process of taking the first few steps of maybe changing that rule and I'm going to put as much pressure as I can on them to change it.

"I'd love to have the Irish Open there but at the same time it's 2016 and these things have to change eventually."

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