The Telegraph's Simon Johnson with the devastating news that The Open Championship will not be visited by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond in a non-protest of the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers' membership policies.
This is awkward...
Asked whether it was right Muirfield was hosting the Open, he said: “The R&A should have had a good think about this and perhaps politely, behind the scenes, suggested to Muirfield the public profile of being a single-sex club would be difficult.
“I don’t think it helps the game to have the suggestion of a bias against women and the greatest tournament on this planet played on arguably the greatest links golf course should have this impression that ladies, women should be second-class citizens.”
Pssssst...First Minister, the R&A can't ask that because their sister club...err...crazy uncle known as the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has the same policy!