For the first time in its 260-year history women could be allowed to join the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

The R&A have written to their 2,500-strong male membership urging that women be allowed to join the St Andrews based club with a ballot taking place in September.

Last year the Scottish course hosted the Ladies British Open for a second time and chief executive Peter Dawson believes now is the time for change:

“We’ve been looking at this for many years now and our focus has always been on our governance role. We hope and believe that this change will be good for golf, good for the governance of the game and we will be welcomed by golfers all around the world. I think throughout its history The R&A has always tried to do what’s best for golf and our membership has always been very supportive of our governance role in the game. We’re seeing changes, aren’t we? Changes in society, changes in sport, changes in golf in particular and I do think that the best governance practice in the modern era is a compelling case for change.”

To Kuala Lumpur now where Miguel Angel Jimenez’s European Team have taken control of the Inaugural Eurasia Cup.

Alongside Pablo Larrazabal, the Spanish pair set the tone as they defeated Asia captain Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the opening fourballs.

And that dominance continued as Europe won every match, taking a five-nil lead heading into Friday’s foursomes.

And finally ahead of the Kia Classic, which gets underway later today, the LPGA have announced a new edition to their schedule.

The Blue Bay LPGA will take place at the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in October and is the fourth of six tournaments to take place in Asia at the end of the year.

That’s all for today, join us tomorrow when we’ll bring you news from the first rounds of the Valero Texas Open and Kia Classic as well as the latest from the Eurasia Cup.

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