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British Open to Accept Women

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

British Open to Accept Women

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The British Open will allow women to compete starting in 2006, and might even accept Michelle Wie this summer if she qualifies.

The Royal & Ancient Club said Tuesday it has agreed to alter the wording of entry regulations -- a change that could put a woman in one of golf's four majors for the first time.

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said the men-only restriction will be removed in time for next year's Open at Royal Hoylake, although the qualifying procedure for women has not been determined.

Martin Kippax, chairman of the R&A's championship committee, said tournament officials would probably allow Wie to compete this year if the 15-year-old from Hawaii earns an exemption at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic in Illinois, July 7-10.

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