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Doing The Right Thing

by Brian Hewitt

Perhaps the most significant part of the R&A’s historic decision to allow women members, after more than 250 years of exclusion, was the statement-making 85 percent majority last week’s vote returned.

Bravo.

Currently in America, it is impossible to ignore the indefensible domestic violence, child abuse and obscenity-laced bad behavior, surfacing anew almost daily, on the sporting scene. In that context, what happened across the pond at St. Andrews is even more mete and right than it would have been on any day of any year.

It wasn’t that long ago that Augusta National opened its gates to female members. Now the dimpled ball is in the court of the Royal Troons and Muirields of the world.

Meanwhile at the R&A, influential fathers no longer have to apologize to their daughters. And the daughters of those privileged few don’t have to grow up ashamed of their fathers’ excuses.

Next up: The Ryder Cup, golf’s Super Bowl and World Cup all rolled into three frenzied days, at Gleneagles in Scotland. Balls in the air Friday.

Last week in Wales, where Dutchman Joost Luiten won by a shot, four Euros attempted to play their way into 11th-hour competitive form for captain Paul McGinley’s side. The results were decidedly mixed: Jamie Donaldson T4, Thomas Björn T58, Lee Westwood T60 and Stephen Gallacher missed cut.

All 12 members of the American team took the week off from tournament play. Their charter to the UK arrives today.

On the LPGA South Korean M.J. Hur arrived in the winner’s circle. The top achievers at the Web.com Tour Finals were Canada’s Adam Hadwin and American Derek Fathauer.

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