14 Jul 2013

Scotland's First Minister to boycott British Open

9:30 am on 14 July 2013

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, will boycott next week's British Open over Muirfield's all-male membership policy.

The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers club at Muirfield is hosting golf's oldest major for a 16th time despite the continuing controversy surrounding the club's exclusion of females.

His boycott is accompanied by a huge Scottish government-backed tourism promotion at Muirfield for next year's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Salmond says it's indefensible in the 21st century not to have golf clubs open to both males and females