Rory McIlroy Criticises Honourable Company at Muirfield

Posted March 21, 2017

Rory McIlroy has responded to the vote to allow women at Muirfield, calling the time it has taken as obscene.

"We look forward to welcoming women as members who will enjoy, and benefit, from the great traditions and friendly spirit of this remarkable club", said Henry Fairweather, captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers that owns and operates Muirfield.

"Muirfield wouldn't be one of my favourite Open rota courses, so no matter the decision, if it had been kept off The Open Championship rota, I wouldn't have been that unhappy", he explained.

In this day and age, where you've got women that are like the leaders of certain industries and women that are heads of state and not able to join a golf course?

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews opened its membership to women in 2014 for the first time in 260 years.

The world No 3 said it was "horrendous" that 123 members had still voted "no" in that second poll, claimed that
"every time I go to Muirfield now I won't have a great taste in my mouth" and, though prepared to play there when it next stages the Open Championship, insisted that "I won't be be having many cups
of tea with the members
afterwards". I mean, it's obscene.

British number one Charley Hull would welcome the Women's British Open being held at Muirfield after a vote in favour of allowing female members was passed on Tuesday [14 March]. However, his distaste for the golf course and the club, which took a mulligan and still only got 80 percent of votes in favor of allowing female members, are separate. "Like, it's ridiculous", McIlroy said Wednesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

"I just don't get it", added McIlroy, who is targeting a career grand slam of all four majors at the Masters early next month.

Reportedly, the decision comes after the club lost out on a chance to host the "prestigious" Open Championship.

"We are going to apply as much
marketing analysis as we can and I think there is a big short in our relationship with clubs", he said.

The R&A, which organizes the Open, quickly restored Muirfield's eligibility as a tournament host.

"It will help make the golf course notice that if they want to have a place like that in the Olympics as a venue, then they have to change".

The HCEG said new candidates for membership, both men and women, can expect to wait "two to three years, or longer", to become a member of Muirfield because of the current waiting list for membership. And Hull would be prepared to play at the event at the Scottish course, despite its chequered history.