R&A: Gender issue on hold for now

Updated: July 17, 2013, 12:43 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

The head of the R&A said the organization that runs the Open Championship will study the issue of male-only clubs in the future but does not believe the policy compares to racial or religious discrimination.

The Royal & Ancient, led by CEO Peter Dawson, has come up for criticism because the organization has taken the Open Championship again to Muirfield, which excludes women from membership.

Dawson has acknowledged, therefore, that the R&A will look at the issue. He fears ...

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