British Open to Accept Women Golfers in 2006

The British Open, one of the world’s four major golf events, will allow women to compete starting in 2006. It may also accept American teen prodigy Michelle Wie to compete this summer if she qualifies, according to the Associated Press. Currently, the entry regulations specify that the British Open will only accept male professional or amateur golfers.

In order to qualify for this year’s British Open, Wie will have to earn an exemption at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in July, according to the Washington Post. Wie, 15, is also attempting to qualify for the men’s US Open.

There are no policies prohibiting women from competing in the three US golf majors, the Masters, the US Open, and the PGA Championship, the Post reports.

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Associated Press 4/26/05; Washington Post 4/27/05; LA Times 4/27/05

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