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Muirfield exits R&A’s penalty box, lands Women’s Open

1 year after ending its ban on female members, famed Scottish links wins host duties for 2022 Women’s British Open as R&A awards sites through 2025 for some of U.K.’s classic courses

Announced: By the R&A, that it will stage the 2022 Women’s British Open at Muirfield in Scotland. The news comes 14 months after the famed Scottish links, which dates to 1744 and was designed by Old Tom Morris, ended its ban on female members after the club was pulled from the British Open rotation. Muirfield has been the site of 16 British Opens, but none since 2013. As part of the announcement, the R&A awarded its Women’s Open through 2025 to five sites, all of which have played host to some of the game’s top international tournaments over the years: Carnoustie (2021), Muirfield (2022), Walton Heath (2023), St. Andrews (2024) and Royal Porthcawl (2025). Dates for the 2021 Women’s Open were set for Aug. 19-22. The men’s British Open sites are set through 2024, beginning with next year at Royal St. George’s, which was denied host duties this year when the global coronavirus pandemic led to the event’s cancellation. The others: St. Andrews (2022), Royal Liverpool (2023) and Royal Troon (2024).

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