Three-quarters back change

Troon allows women members ahead of Open

TroonRoyal Troon members have voted to allow women to join the Ayrshire golf club, just a fortnight before the sport’s most famous tournament takes place at the venue.

A proposal to admit women was supported by more than three-quarters of those who voted.

“We welcome this decision by Royal Troon and recognise its significance for the club,” the R&A said.

“Our focus is very much on the 145th Open but we can now look forward to many more great Championships at Royal Troon in years to come.”

Club captain Martin Cheyne said: “We have said a number of times recently that it is important for golf clubs to reflect the society in which we exist and the modern world that looks to us.

“Therefore, I am delighted with the decision taken by Members of Royal Troon this evening and look forward to welcoming women to our great Club.

“It is the right decision for the Club today, and for the generations of golfers that will follow.”

Mr Cheyne added: “Tonight, we turn our attention to jointly hosting the 145th Open Championship with our great friends at The Ladies Golf Club, Troon.

“We can now all be focused on golf and showcasing this wonderful club and golf course to the huge global audience that this most prestigious Championship commands.”

Muirfield voted in May to maintain its men-only policy and subsequently lost its right to host the Open. Last week it said it would call another vote.

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