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Royal Troon has avoided a media firestorm after voting overwhelmingly last night to accept women members.

The club had originally put the date of the vote for the end of the year, but decided to accelerate the process after the R&A announced that Muirfield would no longer be considered to host the Open after the Edinburgh club voted against allowing women members last month.

The members of Royal Troon had little choice but to vote yes if they were to avoid negative publicity during this year's Open Championship, which gets underway on the 17th July. Nonetheless, the result will come as a relief to the event's organisers, who will hope that the focus can now return to the golf.

"We welcome this decision by Royal Troon and recognise its significance for the club," the R&A said.
"Our focus is very much on the 145th Open but we can now look forward to many more great Championships at Royal Troon in years to come."

Following the decision by Royal St George's in Kent to admit women members last year, Royal Troon and Muirfield had been left as the only clubs on the Open roster to maintain a men-only policy.

Club captain Martin Cheyne said after the announcement: "Tonight, we turn our attention to jointly hosting the 145th Open Championship with our great friends at The Ladies Golf Club, Troon.

"We can now all be focused on golf and showcasing this wonderful club and golf course to the huge global audience that this most prestigious Championship.''

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