British Open to Remain Men-Only

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The British Open will remain an all-male tournament, regardless of what Annika Srenstam does.

'Never is a long time, but at the moment the championship is for male golfers and for the foreseeable future it will stay that way,' Royal & Ancient secretary Peter Dawson said Tuesday.
 
Srenstam joins the men for the PGA Tour's Bank of America Colonial next month in Texas, becoming the first woman in a tour event since Babe Zaharias in 1945. The British Open is not a tour event.
 
Dawson said he believes it appropriate that men and women don't play together at the British Open.
 
'There is a marked difference between the abilities, and I think it's right that they should be segregated and that there's a Women's (British) Open and the (British) Open,' he said.
 
This year's British Open will be at Royal St. George's on July 17-20.
 
St. George's club captain David Bonsall said the club asked several women months ago if they were interested in becoming members, and they all declined.
 
'There is no push from lady golfers to become members,' Bonsall said.
 
Dawson said the R&A had not received more than five letters from the public on the issue, though they have had hundreds of queries from media.
 
'We don't think there is much appetite among the public for this matter,' he said. 'We don't think it's a huge issue out there at the moment.'
 
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