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Turnberry in, Muirfield out of Open rota, R&A reiterates

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TROON, Scotland – Turnberry remains in The Open rota, and Muirfield does not, R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers reiterated Wednesday at Royal Troon.

“I’ve been very, very clear around this,” Slumbers said. “Turnberry is, was and is, part of the pool of courses for The Open Championship. There are at the moment nine courses and Turnberry is one of those. “

The next three Opens will be at Royal Birkdale, Carnoustie and Royal Portrush. The R&A is close to announcing the next two, saying one will be in England (likely 2020 at Royal St. George’s) and St. Andrews (likely 2021 to celebrate the 150th Open).

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“We don’t have to consider beyond that for a couple of years, and we’ll pick that up in a couple of year’s time,” Slumber said while never openly acknowledging Donald Trump, Turnberry’s controversial owner.

Royal Troon remains in good standing with R&A since it’s July 1 vote to allow women members into the club. Muirfield, however, remains on the outs since its membership policy precludes women.

“I’ve been very clear all along on that in saying the decision around the membership policy for the club is for the club,” Slumbers said. “It’s not our importance on that. What we care about is the outcomes of that vote and I was very clear about that with Muirfield and also with Royal Troon.”