Royal Troon to vote on women members

Royal Troon

Royal Troon last held the Open Championship in 2004 when it was won by America’s Todd Hamilton

Royal Troon is to hold a special meeting on 1 July to propose the introduction of women members.

The club said a recent consultation found that admitting women members was supported by over three-quarters of those who participated.

Muirfield voted in May not to admit women members and lost its right to stage the Open Championship.

Royal Troon, in South Ayrshire, Scotland, is the host for this year’s Open from 14-17 July.

Troon said in January it would hold a review of its male-only membership policy.

Club captain Martin Cheyne said: “Recently we spoke about the need for our club to reflect the modern society in which we exist.

“I am pleased that a large majority of members who responded to our survey agree and support opening the club to women.”

Muirfield’s vote to change its rules and allow women fell short of the required two-thirds majority.

As well as as a ban on holding the Open by the governing body the RA, the decision received widespread condemnation from players, administrators and politicians.

Former Open champion Rory McIlroy said: “It’s more of a loss to Muirfield than it is to us.”

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