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Royal & Ancient announces first female members, including Annika Sorenstam and Princess Anne

  • FILE - This is a Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007  file photo of Sweden's Annika Sorenstam tees off from the 18th during a Pro Am event ahead of the Women's British Open golf tournament at the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews, Scotland. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews has dislosed its first seven female members including Annika Sorenstam and Princess Anne.  The spiritual "Home of Golf" in September voted to end years of male-only exclusivity by voting in favor of inviting women to join.  Seven were announced as honorary members on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

    FILE - This is a Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 file photo of Sweden's Annika Sorenstam tees off from the 18th during a Pro Am event ahead of the Women's British Open golf tournament at the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews, Scotland. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews has dislosed its first seven female members including Annika Sorenstam and Princess Anne. The spiritual "Home of Golf" in September voted to end years of male-only exclusivity by voting in favor of inviting women to join. Seven were announced as honorary members on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015 (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is a Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014  file photo of Laura Davies, of England, as she blasts out of a trap on the second hole during third round of the Wegmans Championship LPGA  golf tournament  in Pittsford, N.Y.  The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews has dislosed its first seven female members including Laura Davies,  Annika Sorenstam  and Princess Anne.  The spiritual "Home of Golf" in September voted to end years of male-only exclusivity by voting in favor of inviting women to join.  Seven were announced as honorary members on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015.  (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)

    FILE - This is a Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 file photo of Laura Davies, of England, as she blasts out of a trap on the second hole during third round of the Wegmans Championship LPGA golf tournament in Pittsford, N.Y. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews has dislosed its first seven female members including Laura Davies, Annika Sorenstam and Princess Anne. The spiritual "Home of Golf" in September voted to end years of male-only exclusivity by voting in favor of inviting women to join. Seven were announced as honorary members on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has announced its first seven female members, including Swedish great Annika Sorenstam and Britain's Princess Anne.

The club voted in September to end 260 years of male-only exclusivity by voting in favor of inviting women to join.

Seven women were announced as honorary members on Tuesday in what R&A captain George Macgregor calls "an historic day for the club."

Sorenstam is a 10-time major champion. Princess Anne competed in equestrian for Britain at the 1976 Olympics and is an IOC member.

The other honorary members are British golfers Laura Davies and Belle Robertson, Americans Renee Powell and Louise Suggs and Frenchwoman Lally Segard.