HOYLAKE, England (AP) — The Royal & Ancient Golf Club will hold a business meeting next week to determine whether to allow club members to vote by proxy for its historic September vote to have female members.
Club rules require members to be present to vote but R&A secretary Peter Dawson said Wednesday at Royal Liverpool that "it's clear that the majority of R&A members feel that postal voting would be appropriate in this case. The rules of the club do not cater for postal voting and, therefore, those rules would have to be changed for a postal vote to be held legitimately."
Dawson announced in April that the R&A would vote Sept. 18 whether to allow female members for the first time in its 260-year history. The club has about 2,400 members around the world, meaning the issue could be decided by only a few hundred members who live near the club if the rules aren't changed.
CHAMPION PARTNERS: Matt Kuchar wasn't messing around at Royal Liverpool as he prepared for the British Open, picking the brains of four former champions with a total of 12 titles during practice rounds.
Kuchar, whose best finish at the British Open was tied for ninth in 2012 at Royal Lytham, played with Tiger Woods (winner in 2000, 2005, 2006) on Sunday, Nick Faldo (1987, 1990, 1992) on Monday, Tom Watson (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983) on Tuesday and David Duval (2001) on Wednesday.
"I hope I get some unique perspective and some of that mystical Open championships to rub off a little on me," Kuchar said. "It was great to play with all of them. I feel like after four rounds, I'm quite comfortable here. I think all of us as kids that played the game envision holding the claret jug and envision winning British Opens."
Kuchar tied for 15th last year at Muirfield. He missed the cut the first five times he played the tournament and again in 2011 and is playing the British Open for the 10th time.
"My record is not great here, but turning in the right direction," he said. "The last two years have been much improved."
Kuchar will play with two major champions over the first two days at Royal Liverpool — Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open) and Louis Oosthuizen (2010 British Open).
THUMBS-UP: Jason Day pulled out of the Greenbrier Classic two weeks ago, raising fears he is still not over the left thumb injury that has restricted him to only nine tournaments in 2014.
But the 26-year-old Australian said the withdrawal was a "precaution" and there are no concerns ahead of his first round at the British Open on Thursday.
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