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One perfect GIF that sums up the R&A's position on gender issues

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Holding a British Open at Muifield, a male-only club, just months after Augusta National admitted its first female members was no doubt going to be the focus of much media attention. But luckily for the R&A, they already have a strategy to deal with these kinds of questions.

"Oh, goodness me, I think that's a ridiculous question, if I may say so," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said in response to a question asking the difference between racial discrimination, which has haunted the game in the past, and gender discrimination.

"There's a massive difference between racial discrimination, anti-Semitism, where sectors of society are downtrodden and treated very, very badly indeed. And to compare that with a men's golf club I think is frankly absurd. There's no comparison whatsoever."

Dawson went on to say that the R&A will "resist these pressures," and that they will address gender issues after the British Open.