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Wait, what? A Twitter vote is deciding an LPGA Tour exemption

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In a play to use social media as a way to boost interest in the event, the LPGA Tour’s ShopRite Classic has put its final sponsor exemption up to a vote on Twitter.

Susana Benavides (6,959 Twitter followers), Carly Booth (35.2K followers), Sharmila Nicollet (357K followers) and Blair O’Neal (77.2K followers) are the golfers who are to be voted on for the spot in the event that’s held the first week of June.

“We’ve always been proud of the exemptions we’ve given in the past,” said Tim Erensen, the executive director for the tournament, which takes place in the first week in June. “In the past, we’ve given exemptions to Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson and Paula Creamer at the beginning of their careers. We think this idea adds to the excitement of what we do.”

Also of note, MVP Index — the company who’s tracking the poll — was co-founded by Shawn Spieth, who’s Jordan Spieth’s father.

Now, sponsors typically fill their exemptions based not just on merit, but on star power as well. That’s why golfers such as John Daly often get the nod over possibly more talented, but less-popular golfers. But something about voting on Twitter to fill a sponsors exemption seems wrong, doesn’t it? Let’s put it to a vote.

What do you think of the ShopRite LPGA Classic using a Twitter poll to fill its exemption?

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  1. Judge Smells

    May 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Seems silly to give an exemption to the prettiest girl if she cant make the cut and play on the weekend. Whats next a wet t shirt contest on Monday every week

  2. Mike Ryan

    May 7, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I see Blair O’Neal is sporting a new chest, as it were, that in and of itself should garner a few votes from the mouthbreather crowd. Apparently the other LPGA players think this Skin Game is fine otherwise why wouldn’t they protest the blatant sexism displayed by the LPGA?

    As for the Neanderthal’s calling the LPGA a “Clown Car”, perhaps they feel threatened that most of the players on the LPGA have a better game than they do.

  3. mp-4

    May 6, 2017 at 12:11 am

    You have to be pretty dumb to be upset by this.
    The purpose is to increase the income of the LPGA by increasing the number of viewers.
    These people will do this more than that one person on the cutoff line.
    Not exactly rocket science.

  4. Ron

    May 3, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Really? How about awarding a sponsor’s exemption to a player who has the most talent/ability? Has this become a popularity/sexuality contest instead of a golf tournament?

  5. BTO

    May 3, 2017 at 8:03 am

    LPGA has to think of something to offset the boatload of Koreans on the leaderboard.

    • Thomas Murphy

      May 3, 2017 at 10:26 am

      only way you push the koreans off the leaderboard is to get more non-Korean talent, not beauty — not that the two are mutually exclusive.

      • Steve

        May 5, 2017 at 11:24 pm

        Newsflash – The leaderboard doesn’t matter to the LPGA and their sponsors as much as the attendance/viewer count. “Stunts” like this help in that department.

    • Mike Ryan

      May 7, 2017 at 10:41 am

      There are 2 ways to mitigate the Koreans, Quit or get better!

  6. Jack

    May 2, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Sharmila is the one who has 357k followers.

  7. Fozzie Bear

    May 2, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    It’s very difficult to imagine John Daly leaving more talented golfers out of tournaments. Currently better players? Yes, definitely but not many have the (wasted) talent of Mr. Daly.

    As for the LPGA stunt, that’s just ridiculous. Do they want their tour taken as a serious sport or not? It surely looks like they don’t.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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