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:
Thank you @RandA for the quick and decisive decision, and for sending a clear message for/about our sport!
— Michael Whan (@LPGACommish) May 19, 2016
Gary Player won an Open Championship at Muirfield, but was also in agreement with the R&A:
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) May 19, 2016
Many consider Muirfield to be one the best, if not the best, course in the Open rota:
Its sad one of the great courses won’t be part of the Open Championship
rota for the near future.However, I fully support @RandA's decision.
— Annika Sorenstam (@ANNIKA59) May 19, 2016
Others expressed frustration over Muirfield’s “archaic” policy:
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) May 19, 2016
Well done @RandA. Muirfield and its dinosaur members can carry on in their archaic world far away from The Open roster!
— Sarah Stirk (@SarahSkySports) May 19, 2016
James Corrigan of The Daily Telegraph suggested that this day will be remembered in a positive light:
Bravo to the R&A. Acted quickly and decisively to strip Muirfield of status as Open hosts. No women, no Open. That's now written in history
— James Corrigan (@jcorrigangolf) May 19, 2016
A three-time Open Champion, Nick Faldo also stood by the R&A:
I fully support Martin Slumbers and the R&A's forward thinking initiatives on inclusiveness and growing the game of golf around the world.
— Sir Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006) May 19, 2016
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:
All eyes on Royal Troon now…..
— Karen Stupples (@Kstupples) May 19, 2016
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: