Major The Open’s 16-time stadium will endorse 12 female members in July.
The decision was made by the Murfield Golf Organizing Committee between Royal & Ancient Golf Club (R&A) to discuss the location of The Open 2023. Murfield, 2016, was removed from the list of rotating host stadiums for The Open, because of the regulation of “respect for men and discriminate women”.
On May 19, 2016, Muirfield golf course had a vote among its members to decide whether they would continue to maintain or abandon the rules for denying female players. As a result, the above regulation will still be maintained as less than two-thirds of the members vote in favor. This decision made Muirfield lose the honor of organizing the world’s oldest golf tournament, the British Open, as well as receiving criticism.
In 2017, Murfield Golf Club held a second vote on opening regulations for female golfers. This time, more than 80% of club members in Edinburgh, Scotland agreed to issue membership cards for women. Two years after that vote, the first female members prepared to join the club.
“This is an important milestone in the history of the club,” said Alistair Campbell, curator of honor golf Edinburgh, Scotland. “We welcome new members and share with them the great traditional values of Murfield”.
Murfield Stadium, Scotland has held the Major Open 16 times, of which the last time was 2013. Mickelson won the last time Murfield hosted The Open (2013). Welcoming female members is a milestone at Murfield golf course. With the admission of 12 female members, Murfield may be able to return to the list of alternate The Open stadiums selected by R&A.
The Open this year will take place at the Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland, July 18-21. For the next three years, the oldest major award will take place in Royal St. in turn. George’s (2020), St. Andrews (2021) and Royal Liverpool (2022).