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March 28, 2014

It's a bad sign when Augusta GC are more forward thinking than you but the Royal and Ancient are at last looking to allow women members to join their club.

The two centuries old boys club has held firm but are at last going to be putting the issue out to a vote of their members and "urging" them to vote for a change in policy. Paddy Power put the odds at 8/15 that members will vote to allow women and 11/8 that they won't.

Back in 2012 Augusta, the stuffiest and previously least inclusive golf club on the planet, welcomed their first women golfers celebrating the occasion with celeb members Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore.

If the R&A do finally come into the 21 st century then Paddy Power think they are likely to embrace their namesake and welcome the Queen, at 3/1 , or Kate Middleton, at 4/1 , as their first female member. Condoleezza is 4/1 to be the first to be signed up with Camilla Parker Bowles at 8/1 . Camilla is joined by a whole host of other Royals at 8/1 before proper golfers Charley Hull and Paula Creamer come in at 10/1 .

Jodie Kidd is a 20/1 shot to break down the sexist barrier at the R&A first with Kirsty Gallacher at the same odds. Pippa Middleton comes in at 33/1 with Clare Balding at 40/1 and Cameron Diaz at 100/1 . Super model Naomi Campbell is also at 100/1 with amateur plane spotter Courtney Love at 500/1 .

A Paddy Power spokesman said; "They might not have the balls to just change the policy, but at least the R&A are asking their members to vote on whether female membership should be permitted - along with discussing whether electricity should be fitted to the clubhouse and plans for a new parking area for their penny-farthings."

Autumn Vote Result

Will the members vote to allow female members?

8/15      Yes

11/8       No

First Female Member

3/1        The Queen

4/1        Kate Middleton

4/1        Condoleezza Rice

8/1        Camilla Parker Bowles

8/1        Michelle Wie

8/1        Princess Beatrice

8/1        Princess Anne

8/1        Zara Tindall

10/1       Charley Hull

10/1       Paula Creamer

10/1       Princess Eugenie

12/1       Laura Davies

12/1       Catriona Matthew

16/1       Carly Booth

20/1       Jodie Kidd

20/1       Kirsty Gallacher

33/1       Pippa Middleton

33/1       Di Dougherty

33/1       Catherine Zeta Jones

40/1       Clare Balding

66/1       Sarah Ferguson

100/1     Cameron Diaz

All prices remain subject to fluctuation.

Paddy Power is one of Europe's largest bookmakers and a leading provider of gaming services in the UK, Australia and Ireland. Founded in 1988 Paddy Power is a publicly quoted company and is listed on both the Irish and London Stock Exchanges ( www.paddypowerplc.com )




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