Scotland First Minister Will Not Attend Open Championship In Protest Of Men-Only Muirfield
Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond "will not attend this year's Open championship in protest at the host club Muirfield's men-only membership policy," according to Ewan Murray of the London GUARDIAN. The return of the Open to Muirfield in mid-July "will put the issue of the club's attitude towards women back in the spotlight." Salmond said, "I think it's just indefensible in the 21st century not to have a golf club that's open to all." When "last pressed on the routine selection of clubs such as Muirfield as Open venues," Royal & Ancient CEO Peter Dawson said, "To think that the R&A might say to a club like Muirfield 'you are not going to have Open any more unless you change your policy' is frankly a bullying position that we would never take" (GUARDIAN, 6/28).