After two years of consultation, Muirfield took a vote on whether female members should be allowed, and while a majority of the club’s 750 members voted yes, the vote fell 14 short from the two-thirds majority required to change the rules.
This, obviously, was not a good look for anyone involved in golf, and Muirfield’s decision frustrated some of the game’s most high-profile stars. Rory McIlroy had this to say:
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Now, one Muirfield member who was among those who voted to continue the ban on women has come out to explain and defend the club’s vote. John Douglas, an 81-year-old former Scottish rugby player, said in an interview with The Scotsman:
Douglas wasn’t done, though. He also ripped McIlroy for having the gall to speak out against Muirfield’s decision to continute banning women despite it being, you know, 2016.