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QUICK TAKE: Muirfield Isn’t McIlroy’s Cup of Tea

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy doesn't feel warm and fuzzy about Muirfield, despite the members' vote to allow women. Photo Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy is glad the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers finally saw fit to allow women members at grand old Muirfield.

But McIlroy still wonders what took so long.


And he made sure the world knows Muirfield will never be one of his favorite places.

“Muirfield wouldn’t be one of my favorite Open rota courses so no matter the decision (Tuesday), if it had been kept off the Open Championship rota, I wouldn’t have been that unhappy.

“Obviously I was outspoken about this before whenever the vote (came) the first time around. I mean, in this day and age, where you’ve got women that are leaders of certain industries and women that are heads of state and not able to join a golf course?

“I mean, that’s obscene. Like, it’s ridiculous. So they sort of saw sense. I still think that it got to this stage is horrendous. … We’ll go back and we’ll play the Open Championship because they will let women members in but every time I go to Muirfield now I won’t have a great taste in my mouth.”

Asked about 20 percent of the club membership voting to continue excluding female members, McIlroy had more to say.

“It’s horrendous,” he said. “I just don’t, I don’t get it. So, anyway, we’ll go back there for the Open Championship at some point and I won’t be having many cups of tea with the members afterward.”

Clear enough?

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