Don't expect Rory McIlroy to have a cup of tea with many of Muirfield's members

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Don't expect Rory McIlroy to have a cup of tea with many of Muirfield's members

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Don't expect Rory McIlroy to have a cup of tea with many of Muirfield's members

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy is glad Muirfield’s members passed a vote to allow female members into the club. As for the course being allowed back into the British Open rota, McIlroy is indifferent on the matter.

“If it had been kept off the Open Championship rota, I wouldn’t have been that unhappy,” McIlroy said Wednesday at Bay Hill, where he will tee it up in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

McIlroy, who missed the cut in the 2013 British Open at Muirfield (he shot 79-75), said the course is not one of his favorite Open rota courses. In fact, judging by McIlroy’s comments on the club, Muirfield might be his least favorite.

“Obviously I was outspoken about this before whenever the vote went the first time around,” McIlroy said. “I mean, in this day and age, where you’ve got women that are like the leaders of certain industries and women that are heads of state and not to be able to join a golf course? I mean, it’s obscene. Like it’s ridiculous. So, they sort of saw sense. I still think that it got to this stage is horrendous.

“And yeah, I mean, we’ll go back and we’ll play the Open Championship, because they will let women members in, but every time I go to Muirfield now I won’t have a great taste in my mouth.”

McIlroy also called it “horrendous” that 123 (or 19.8 percent) of the 621 members that cast a ballot still voted to disallow female members.

“I don’t get it,” McIlroy said. “So, anyway, look, we’ll go back there for the Open Championship at some point and I won’t be having many cups of tea with the members afterwards.”

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