British Open

Scorned golf club overturns 273-year-old ban on female members

Scorned golf club overturns 273-year-old ban on female members

The club booted off Britain's most prestigious golf tournament due to its ban on women will admit female members for the first time since it was founded in 1744.

Members of Muirfield, also known as the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, voted 498-123 in favor of the rule change Tuesday, overturning last year's decision.

The course will now be eligible to host the British Open again, according to the event's organizers, the Royal Ancient.

"It is extremely important for us in staging one of the world's great sporting events that women can become members at all of our host clubs," R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers said.

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