GULLANE, Scotland – Muirfield’s all-male membership policy has been a bone of contention here this week at the Open Championship. Players have been asked ad nauseam about it and most have deflected the question.
Nick Faldo and Ernie Els, among others, danced around the question earlier in the week. Now, add Tiger Woods to that mix. Woods simply said, “I don’t make the policies here. I’m not a member, so I’m not going to speak for the club.”
Woods was pressed a little more and asked if he was comfortable playing at a place that has such rules.
“We’ve played the Masters, we’ve played here,” he said.
The Telegraph (U.K.) reported Tuesday that a new incoming secretary at Muirfield (Stuart McEwen) could pave the way for this policy to eventually be relaxed. The Telegraph regarded McEwen as a “reformer” and one who would at least take a look at the all-male policy and open dialogue among Muirfield members.
R&A chief executive Peter Dawson is scheduled to speak to the media Wednesday at the Open, and the question will be raised again.