Rory McIlroy bemoans Muirfield's long overdue vote to admit women members

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Rory McIlroy is adamantly refusing to forgive Muirfield members despite the storied golf club finally passing a vote to allow female members this week for the first time in its 273 year history. 

The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers voted 80 per cent in favour of the rule change on Tuesday, having previously rejected the chance to permit women members with a majority ‘no’ vote back in May of last year.

The results means that the course will return to the Open Championship rotation, but McIlroy refused to see this as the end of the problem. 

Speaking prior to this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, the former world number one said, via BT Sport: “In this day and age where you’ve got women who are the leaders of certain industries and heads of state, not being able to join a golf course, I think it’s obscene and ridiculous.

“They (Muirfield) sort of saw sense, but I still think (that) it got to this stage is horrendous.

“We’ll go back and play the Open because they’ve let women members in, but every time I go to Muirfield now I won’t have a great taste in my mouth.”

The Northern Irishman was one of many high profile names in the world of golf that supported the R&A's decision to remove Muirfield from the Open rotation last year as a result of their 'No' vote and is clearly still incensed by the original decision. 

The 2014 Open champion clearly has no intention of being cordial with members of the club and said when the tournament returns to the course in the future that he "won't be having many cups of tea with the members afterwards."

The club lasted hosted the Open in 2013 and despite returning to the rotation this week, the earliest it could stage the tournament again would be in 2022. 

And, though the decision means that women can become members of the club, it won't be for a number of years that the first female member is even inducted due to a long waiting list.

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers released a statement saying the waiting list for membership currently "suggests that new candidates for membership, women and men, can expect to wait two to three years, or longer, to become a member of the club."

So, despite the huge strides taken by the club this week, the golfing world is seemingly still frowning upon their delayed decision and lack of equality. 

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