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Willett hails Muirfield's return to Open rota after vote

By Phil Casey

Masters champion Danny Willett has welcomed the decision to restore Muirfield to the Open Championship rota after the club voted to admit women members.

The East Lothian course was removed from the rota after a first vote narrowly failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required in May last year.

However, it was announced yesterday that the rule change had been passed by 498 votes to 123 after a second ballot, with 80.2 per cent in favour.

And that means Muirfield, which has hosted the Open 16 times, will again be eligible to stage the sport's oldest Major.

Willett, who was 15th at Muirfield when Phil Mickelson lifted the Claret Jug in 2013 said: "For women to be allowed to be members is a good thing. Muirfield is back in the Open rota and I'm looking forward to when it gets back there."

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