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Tuesday
Mar142017

Trumped! R&A Welcomes Muirfield Back Years Before The Club Admits A Woman Member

Let's savor the comedic component of Muirfield joining the new century. After all, they re-voted to finally change their membership policies, reports Martin Dempster.

That the R&A's Martin Slumbers welcomed their rivals back into The Open rota the moment a policy was changed and well before candidates from the other gender were even considered for membership, speaks to one thing and one thing only: the R&A is happily postponing a return to Trump Turnberry.

Remember, Turnberry last hosted The Open in 2009 and has since undergone a fantastic renovation incorporating former Chief Inspector Architect Peter Dawson's design suggestions. In theory, the spectacular resort should be in line for the next likely open date in 2022.

Muirfield last hosted in 2013 and while a wonderful place for The Open, a 2022 return would be a bit faster than normal for the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Especially in light of their resistance to progress and their long standing rivalry with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. To see these two clubs in such a loving embrace, well, it moves me on this Tuesday morning.

Of course, the real comedy comes from knowing it'll be years before we know if Muirfield even admitted a woman. From Alistair Tait's Golfweek.com story:

There is no timetable for women to join the club. In an official statement the club said: “The current waiting list for membership at Muirfield suggests that new candidates for membership, women and men, can expect to wait two to three years, or longer, to become a member of the club.”

The immediacy of the R&A's embrace of their old rivals can very easily be interpreted as an opportunity to postpone a return to Turnberry for another year.

Politics makes strange bedfellows indeed.

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Welcome to the 20th century Muirfeld!
03.14.2017 | Unregistered Commenterd
It doesn't matter how great the renovated Turnberry is - The Open is not going there as long as Donald Trump is in office. Probably not as long as he's alive, and maybe even not as long as "Trump" is part of the club's name. Count on it.
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Will Condi strike again?
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKeith - NYC
The “Hypocritical” Company of Edinburgh Golfers:

“This is a significant decision for a club which was founded in 1744 and retains many of the values and aspirations of its founding members." …. Yikes!!

Sounds like the club member’s discriminatory predisposition still runs deep in that culture. A more introspective question to ask, would this Resolution pass if “The Open” rota wasn’t a condition?

Taking two campaigns to pass a Resolution that allows women to become part of their “Honourable Company” – who’s only purpose is to obtain getting back into The Open rota – quite frankly sounds more “dishonourable” to who they really are…. sounds “Hypocritical” to their convictions.

The “Honourable” thing to do is invite women to play for the right reasons or tell the R&A to go pound sand in the Road bunker.

Interesting how two private golf clubs – affect 50% of the major championships – are such laggards to do the right thing (just recently bringing in token members) they still have deeply rooted discriminatory blood running through their veins?
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGolfer from Utah
Hawkeye's comment proves this is about the sin of noticing, and being right, which Trump was on the subject of Sweden.
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
That's funny, Hawkeye. More so when you consider both the R&A and PGAT go above and beyond the call in their normal business to avoid the appearance of such things. Actually I have less of a problem with a Trump property hosting the Open than I do with the PGAT for climbing in bed with Salinas. Although the situation at Doral was trending negative due to securing a title sponsor, I don't doubt for second the move was also to avoid potential controversy associating with Trump. Which brings us to the link below for a little extracurricular reading on the Salinas boys beyond the SEC plea deal and glowing press releases. Was the WGC good for the people of Mexico City? Sure. But it would also be like Al Capone picking up the tab for a golf tournament with his new orphanage as the charity recipient. You know, to handle the increased influx of kids due to his business practices.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/mexico/etc/cron.html
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Wow Scott! That's incredible- even for you!
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterChico
The Honourable Company has regained its Honour - sorry it took so long.
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
Damn D. maculata that's quite a link there, wow. Absolutely amazing the PGA Tour would consort with a family/sponsor like that.


"A more introspective question to ask, would this Resolution pass if “The Open” rota wasn’t a condition?"

Hell no. They sold out and you're right to characterize it as hypocritical.
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMoro
I think I read somewhere that on the day that Trumpy said Sweden was going up in smoke (note that no-one is saying that today), there was exactly zero murders in the country, but on that day in the US there were over thirty murders caused by firearms alone, and in Florida, where Trumpy spoke that day, they manage to have 50% more murders than all of Sweden last year.

Still, Scott believes in MAGA. Me too. Trumpy is definitely making Americans gullible again.
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCentre Cut
@Scott, I don't quite see what Trump's comments about Sweden have to do with the R&A not going to Turnberry during Trump's lifetime. You do make strange connections in your efforts to insult people (unsuccessfully). I wish you a good day.
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Too bad. Single sex organizations are great. (men's clubs and women's as well) There is nothing sexist about it. There is something special about belonging to an all male or all female group.

I think it would be silly for them to host an LPGA event. A men's event is a problem? PC silliness. But the PC crowd runs things now, so that is the cost of hosting a professional event. Such is life. I guess I am from a different age...
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMJR
"I think I read somewhere that on the day that Trumpy said Sweden was going up in smoke (note that no-one is saying that today), there was exactly zero murders in the country, but on that day in the US there were over thirty murders caused by firearms alone, and in Florida, where Trumpy spoke that day, they manage to have 50% more murders than all of Sweden last year."


Where did you read that? Could you provide a link?
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDan
Dan - yeah, I can actually but I'll have to dig out the magazine I read it in - old school, see - still buy books and mags from shops.
03.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCentre Cut
As with all things in Europe and Scotland these days, people have to vote again and again until the "right" result is achieved. That is, until the politically correct progressive result is achieved to the satisfaction of the social justice warriors who police everything.
03.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavid
@Dan and Centre Cut: The information in the quote is essentially correct, but for the record, Sweden is experiencing the biggest wave of violent crime in history. There have been five gang-related murders in Stockholm the past week, and there have been multiple shootings in Malmö (the biggest city in my province) since the new year. While the numbers are low by US standards, it is a matter of national concern over here. Do I notice anything of it in my daily life? Absolutely not. But I can't deny that if you want to argue against open immigration policies by using the deteriorating situation in certain Swedish suburbs as an example, I'm not going to say that you don't have a case. Just don't mention us in the same sentence as Paris and Brussels.

P.S. I hope to see an Open on renovated Turnberry someday, because the course looks absolutely amazing.
03.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
The most interesting aspect of this second vote relates to The OPEN and the facility to host it.

The R&A have used The Open as a weapon to force the hand or vote of the Membership, now would it not be interesting if Prestwick Golf Club decided to do likewise over the Open itself. After all did they not start The Open.

Perhaps the R&A should be forced to swallow some of their own medicine - and would Golf not be better off with Prestwick again running The Open (although not necessary hosting it at Prestwick - due the constrains relating to its acreage).

Just a thought, after all The Open titles comes with an acknowledge caveat of the winner being "The Golfing Champion of The World" as the R&A do not even know of its existence..
03.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
Politics aside, we welcome The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers to the 20th and 21st centuries.

BTW, the "old" Turnberry (golf course) was very good. The "new" Turnberry (golf course) is outstanding and better than ever!
03.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPro From Dover
"... people have to vote again and again until the "right" result is achieved. That is, until the politically correct progressive result is achieved ..."

Murfield is entirely within its right to remain a male-only club. It does not have a right to remain so and profit from a golf tournament by using the public infrastructure where women and men have equal rights under the law. PC has nothing to do with the first, but ,yes, much to do with the second.

So Murfield voted again to achieve profit from a golf tournament, not to give up its right to remain male-only.
03.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGutta Percha
So Hawkeye, you claim I insulted you and then you agree that Trump was right about Sweden? I'll take that as an apology.

And yes, Trump, Sweden and Turnberry are related because it's his rhetoric on issues like immigration in Sweden (and the rest of Yoo-Rope) that has the left there in such a frenzy, resulting in boycott and banning talk. Which affects Turnberry. You yourself hinted at this, although I'm sure you'll walk that back.

And Centre Cut, aren't you the guy who said .00003% of Americans hold passports, and then one of your countrymen appeared out of nowhere to say how full of shit you were (and are)? Yes, I think you are that person. Jeez, all you guys really are fact-challenged, Hawkeye with his retarded geography and you with various "fake news" on Americans.
03.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
@Scott: No, not an apology, no, Trump is not "right", and yes, I'd be happy to challenge you in a world geography quiz anytime. In fact, I'd be happy to continue this discussion, but I doubt this is the forum for it. So let's take it outside - E-mail me at andreas.wickander@gmail.com if you're interested in a more nuanced discussion without a veil of anonymity.
03.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
I think I quote something like 10% of Americans have passports and it's more like 50% - true, my bad. But then I read this

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-d-chalmers/the-great-american-passpo_b_1920287.html

and it just seems like maybe it's not the number of passport holders, but maybe just Americans who are independent-minded enough or have the guts to travel abroad.

To be honest Scott, the less we see of the likes of you, the better.
03.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
Lack of guts Center Cut? That's certainly a new one. Yes you Aussies do love your aimless travel. You're the only people from a "developed country" who travel 10,000 miles to take a minimum wage job not knowing a single soul or having any job skills that would make you remotely useful. If that's "guts," well then congratulations. I call it moronic. I'd rather be home trading stocks and getting rich.

Hawkeye, aka Andreas, no thanks on the email. I'm sure you would defeat me in a geography lesson, as long as the test didn't involve Florida, which you apparently think is near the Grand Tetons.
03.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
Not walking the walk? How surprising. I promise to never again respond to any of your troll posts, then.
03.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
@ Dan

The article in question was in the February 24th edition of Private Eye magazine. On page 5 under a feature called 'Number Crunching' the following is written.

0 - Number od deaths from violence which occurred in Sweden on February 17th, despite President Trump urging supporters to 'look at whats happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?'

32 - Fatal shootings in the US on 17th February out of a total of 128 violent incidents involving guns.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut

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