Rory McIlroy chastises 20% who voted against female membership at Muirfield

Northern Irishman reacted to the news that the course was back on the Open rota

Rory McIlroy chastises 20% who voted against female membership at Muirfield

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Rory McIlroy has described the fact that 20% of the members of Muirfield golf course voted against allowing female members as "horrendous".

The Scottish golf course is now back on the rota to stage the British Open after 80.2% of its membership voted to end a long standing rule barring female members.

McIlroy gave his reaction to the news that Muirfield was back on the rota for the major.

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

"In this day and age where you've got women that are like the leaders of certain industries and heads of state and not to be able to join a golf course? I mean, it's obscene. Like it's ridiculous."

 

On the question of 20% of Muirfield members voting against a change in policy, McIlroy did not hold back.

"It's horrendous. I mean, I just don't, I don't get it. We'll go back there for The Open Championship at some point and I won't be having many cups of tea with the members afterwards."

He also added that, "everytime I go to Muirfield now, I won't have a great taste in my mouth".