R&A Hits Back in Sex Discrimination Row

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SPORTS MINISTER Richard Caborn today came under renewed attack for his criticism of Muirfield, a golf club with an all-male membership, being chosen to host this week's Open Championship, writes David Smith.

Caborn said the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, another all-male organisation which also happens to serve as the governing body of golf around the world, except for the United States and Mexico, should be doing all it could to encourage the widest participation in golf.

But Peter Dawson, secretary of the R&A, hit back on the eve of Britain's premier golfing event.

Speaking outside the Muirfield clubhouse, home to the all-male Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, he insisted: "We have no apology about this and we are very honoured to be here."

The row spilled over into Tiger Woods's Press conference yesterday but he refused to be drawn on the issue. But today Dawson said: "I think the Minister's comments were pretty unfortunate. We announced that this was going to be the venue for this year's Open Championship four or five years ago. It is strange that we've had no remarks from the Minister in all that time about the choice of venue, but during the week of the Championship suddenly we do. …

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