Rory McIlroy rips Muirfield for upholding ban on female members

Rory McIlroy did not mince words in his criticism of Muirfield's decision to uphold its ban on female members. 

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Scottish golf proved it is not quite ready to step into the modern sporting world Thursday when Muirfield lost its right to host the Open Championship due to its refusal to allow women to join as members. But golf’s biggest stars criticized Muirfield for its reluctance to change with the times, and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy joined those who chose to speak out against Muirfield.

At 27 years old, McIlroy is one of many exciting young players on tour who aim to help the sport appeal to a younger, less traditional crowd. McIlroy did not mince words in his criticism of the course’s decision and its affect on growing the game. Via Golfweek:

McIlroy had a rough time at Muirfield back at the 2013 British Open when he missed the cut after shooting a 79 and 75. McIlroy won the British Open in 2014 at Royal Liverpool.