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The future of women’s golf has never been so bright – but there is work still to be done

Jonathan Bradley


Muirfield embraces new chapter as road to gender equality accelerates

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Catriona Matthew of Scotland tees off on the sixth during a practice round prior to the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield

Catriona Matthew of Scotland tees off on the sixth during a practice round prior to the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield

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Catriona Matthew of Scotland tees off on the sixth during a practice round prior to the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield

In the early morning twilight, Catriona Matthew’s tee shot to begin the AIG Women’s Open signalled a new dawn for Muirfield.

The Scot, a two-time Solheim Cup-winning captain who won the Open in 2009, grew up in North Berwick, about equivalent to the length of 18 holes from the site where the likes of Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Walter Hagen and Harry Vardon were all crowned the champion golfer of the year.


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