All-male stance not all right with Rory

Rory McIlroy.
Rory McIlroy.

World No.3 Rory McIlroy joined the chorus of support for the decision to remove Muirfield from the roster of 10 clubs eligible to host the British Open.

After Muirfield's members voted 64% to 36% to remain "all-male", the Royal and Ancient Golf Club voted to strip the Scottish club of hosting rights.

"I think for golf's image, as we are trying to break out of this stuffy, old ... we are trying to become more with the times and trying to do things to make golf faster, make golf cooler, make more people included," McIlroy said.

"Yeah, today wasn't a great day to do that."

McIlroy, who won the Open in 2014 at Royal Liverpool, said the R&A was correct to strip Muirfield of its place on the tournament rota.

"Of course they are right. It's taken long enough. Even R&A only started letting women join last year or whatever it was. It's about time that they did.

"It's 2016 and times move on. Women make more than men these days. It is what it is. I think everyone should have the opportunity to join a club if they want to."

Members at all-male club Royal Troon, the host of this year's Open, will soon vote on allowing women to join.

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