Thanks to the May 2-4 long weekend, we’re already over the hump this week and racing towards the weekend.
Let’s go from over the hump to over the hill and the controversial decision by Muirfield last week to keep the doors closed to female membership, one that led to another decision by the R&A to remove Muirfield from the British Open rotation.
One member tells Martin Dempster in this story in the Scotsman that Muirfield’s decision wasn’t so much a vote “against the ladies,” but one against the media telling it what to do.
Okay, well that makes it better. It was about ego and not exclusion, well maybe exclusion, but mostly about ego.
Muirfield is a private club and it has every right to what it sees fit, so let’s just let it fade into obscurity, a fate it deserves, while the rest of the world changes outside its gates. It can be like a Brigadoon, the Scottish town that appears every 100 years, then disappears into the mist.
That way, it won’t look as if Muirfield knuckled under to pressure, while the world moved on.
Why take it seriously?
The R&A should slap a 25-year ban on Muirfield hosting the Open and be done with it if nothing changes with this issue before the end of the year. Call that pressure on Muirfield if you like, but the R&A has a responsibility of its own that should be its priority over dinosaur egos.
If that seems over the top, so be it if the dusty gents who like to call themselves honourable want to leave a legacy of narcissism for future generations, if there is anyone – male or female – who want to cross through the gates of Jurassic Park.
The Short Game
Time will tell, but it will be interesting to see what the long-term effect on Muirfield will be from the 64 per cent who voted in favour of female membership … The Muirfield member quoted in Dempster’s
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