Peter Dawson (right) with 2012 Open champion Ernie Els
The chairman of the Royal & Ancient does not believe male-only clubs damage the image of the sport.
But Peter Dawson, speaking at Muirfield ahead of the Open which begins on Thursday, says the R&A will examine the issue after the tournament has finished.
At a news conference on the eve of the Open, Dawson faced questions about the membership at Muirfield and two other clubs in the tournament rotation, Troon and Royal St. George's.
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