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Reaction to R&A Barring Muirfield as Open Championship Venue

Following the R&A’s decision to not allow Muirfield Golf Club to host the Open Championship due to its policy of male-only membership, many prominent figures in the golf world — and beyond — have voiced their opinions on Twitter.

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan was appreciative of the R&A’s swift decision on the matter:


Gary Player won an Open Championship at Muirfield, but was also in agreement with the R&A:

Many consider Muirfield to be one the best, if not the best, course in the Open rota:

Others expressed frustration over Muirfield’s “archaic” policy:

James Corrigan of The Daily Telegraph suggested that this day will be remembered in a positive light:

A three-time Open Champion, Nick Faldo also stood by the R&A:

Karen Stupples, a past Women’s British Open Champion, pointed out that Royal Troon, another male-only club, now has a decision to make about its membership if it wants to host future Open Championships:

Not everyone was in full support of the R&A, however. Lara Baldesarra of CNN makes her case for why male-only clubs shouldn’t be looked down upon:

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