This is apparently fine, according to the Royal and Ancient Club
, who are the governors of the game outside of the USA.
SPORTS minister Hugh Robertson's call for the right to host the Open Championship to be denied to clubs who do not have women members applies yet more pressure on the Royal and Ancient Club
to change its centuries-old position.
AUGUSTA NATIONAL'S decision to have women members for the first time inevitably means the spotlight will fall even more now on the Royal and Ancient Club
, golf's ruling body for most of the world.
It's not quite in as good a condition as I received it in," said the defending champion with a smile after handing over the trophy to Royal and Ancient Club
chief executive Peter Dawson.
Royal and Ancient Club
chief executive Peter Dawson said: "We're all aware of the fact three winners from Northern Ireland increases the interest level.
JULY'S Open Championship has been hit by the economic downturn like all other major sporting events, but it will go ahead at Turnberry as planned and it will not reduce the amount of money being spent by the Royal and Ancient Club
on growing the game worldwide.
Both the Royal and Ancient Club
and the United States Golf Association are proposing changes to the grooves on clubs so that players cannot get out of trouble so easily by generating spin from the rough.
But the Royal and Ancient Club
in St Andrews, the sport's ruling body, said: "Golf as we know it played over 18 holes originated here in Scotland.
Those who pulled out will be asked to explain themselves by the Royal and Ancient Club
and could be refused entry to next year's championship.
But they contacted the Royal and Ancient Club
at St Andrews to say they had already planned to take their families to Atlanta.
The rankings are produced by the Royal and Ancient Club
, who are monitoring the performances of 1,200 players in 450 ranking events.
The Royal and Ancient club
finally laid out the conditions allowing female golfers to compete for the famous claret jug after two years of negotiations.