Wednesday 13 December 2017

McIlroy hits out at 'ridiculous' Muirfield

Rory McIlroy. Photo: Getty
Rory McIlroy. Photo: Getty

James Corrigan

Far from welcoming Muirfield back on to the Open roster, Rory McIlroy has said it is "obscene" and "horrendous" that the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers required two ballots to allow females to join.

So much for the "women's issue" being put to bed. While the East Lothian club called Tuesday "a historic day" as they finally overhauled almost four centuries of discrimination, McIlroy was not impressed and is not even sure if the R&A should have reinstated its standing as a host course of the British Major.

"Muirfield wouldn't be one of my favourite Open rota courses, so no matter the decision yesterday, if it had been kept off rota, I wouldn't have been that unhappy," said the World No 3.

"I was outspoken about this before when the vote went (against the women). I mean, in this day and age, where you've got women who are leaders of certain industries and women who are heads of state and not to be able to join a golf course?

"It's obscene, it's ridiculous. So, they sort of saw sense. I still think the fact that it got to this stage is horrendous.

"And yeah, we'll go back and we'll play the Open, because they will let women members in (as members), but every time I go to Muirfield now I won't have a great taste in my mouth."

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