The Open Championship will no longer be staged 'at a venue that does not admit women as members'
The Open Championship will no longer be staged "at a venue that does not admit women as members", tournament organiser the R&A has announced in response to Muirfield voting to remain a male-only club.
Muirfield and Troon are the only remaining clubs on the 10-strong Open rota to have a male-only membership policy after Royal St George's voted last year to admit women members. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews also voted to end its 260-year-old male-only membership policy in September 2014.
Troon has always considered itself a special case in this respect as it shares facilities with the Ladies Golf Club, Troon. Both clubs will shoulder the responsibility of hosting this year's Open via a joint Championship Committee.
A ''comprehensive review'' of membership policy was announced by Troon in January 2015, but the issue will not be resolved until the ''back end'' of 2016.