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Muirfield votes against women memberships, loses Open Championship

Muirfield has lost the right to stage the Open Championship after its members voted against allowing women golfers to join its ranks.

The R&A confirmed in a statement they will no longer allow “the Championship (to be staged) at a venue that does not admit women as members”.

The statement continued: "Given the schedule for staging The Open, it would be some years before Muirfield would have been considered to host the Championship again. If the policy at the club should change we would reconsider Muirfield as a venue for The Open in future."

The vote to allow female members needed a two-thirds majority in order to be passed, however it fell well below that line and was subsequently rejected.

Muirfield most recently hosted the tournament in 2013 and it was held there for the first time in 1892.

The Ladies European Tour's chief executive officer Ivan Khodabakshsh, said of the decision: "The Ladies European Tour is disappointed to hear that the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers has voted against admitting women as members.

"Sports reflect the values of the society in which we live and today men and women have equal rights. We believe this should be reflected not only in top level international tournaments but also at club level."

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