Muirfield's male-only policy shows golf behind times

Defending British Open champion Ernie Els signs autographs at Muirfield on Wednesday. “We play...

Defending British Open champion Ernie Els signs autographs at Muirfield on Wednesday. “We play the Open Championship at this wonderful golf course and I'm not going to miss it for the world, whether it's got, unfortunately, the policy it has,” said Els when asked what he thought about the club's male-only policy. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

IAN HUTCHINSON, For QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

There’s only one reasonable reaction to the controversy over the all-male membership at Muirfield, the site of this week’s British Open, which must be because the boys don’t want the girls around when they snap towels at one another or belch in the dining room.

That aside, there’s only one intelligent thing to say on this matter.

Let’s play golf.

Thankfully, that’s what will happen early in the a.m. our time on Thursday and it can’t come quickly enough after this incessant dialogue.

As tee-off time approached, R&A chief Peter Dawson said his organization will re-examine the issue, but given golf’s reputation for slow play, that means it could take another century to ponder. After all, anchored putting is a higher priority than gender equality.


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