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Outrage as dramatic LPGA classic gets no live TV coverage

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Just four days ago, we reported on the tense and exciting conclusion to the LPGA season, the final two tournaments sure to decide the Rolex rankings number one and alongside that, the Player of the Year.

As the Pelican Women’s Championship came to a dramatic close, viewers at home were left wondering why there was no coverage of such an important final round, a final 18 that saw one of the two contenders for both titles, Nelly Korda, record a triple-bogey seven on her 71st hole before a bounce-back birdie at the last.

That got the Olympic gold medallist into a four-way playoff, after back-to-back short putts missed by Lexi Thompson. And Nelly then went on to win the dramatic affair with another birdie at the same hole in which Lexi missed another short putt.

Go back a year-and-a-bit and both the Cactus Tour (alongside the Outlaw Tour) virtually saved the game of golf during the beginning of Lockdown, the domination of early 2021 LPGA events by the Korda sisters grabbed many a column inch whilst the European Tour’s ‘Scandinavian Mixed’ got excellent attendances and positive reports all through the media covering the European Tour.

Sure, it’s easy to see why Sunday Night Football usurps the coverage – more viewers equals more advertising equals more bucks – but there really is no excuse not to cover the women’s game in some way and to give viewers the option.

Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nicholls tweeted that this was one of the most important LPGA moments ‘we couldn’t watch live on TV this year’ and received a host of support, probably best summed up by the reply from @JohnInt, who tweeted “Needs an Arnold Palmer business sense and attitude. Someone needs to step up and take to another level.”

Or just someone that really cares. Plenty do.

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  1. art williams

    Nov 17, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    If Mike Whan was still commish and the GC was still privately owned this would not have happened. NBC has all but ruined the GC.

  2. Greg

    Nov 17, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Remember what Leadbetter had to say about this subject..

  3. Sal Johnson

    Nov 17, 2021 at 10:11 am

    There is a perfect answer to this.
    If Golf Channel can’t find the time on either their network or one of the NBC Sports and USA networks (all owned together), give the events back to ESPN will would love to have it again.

  4. Dan Gibson

    Nov 17, 2021 at 9:44 am

    I too was hacked off at the lack of TV Coverage for the important final round of this LPGA event. I thoroughly enjoy women’s golf, watching them use almost every club in their bags. But if I see a matchup coming like Lexi & Nelly, the GUY in me takes over — I’m not only watching the sport, I’m watching these beauties.

    I tried livestream and it failed, so I kept account on the NET to following the leaders. It took waiting ’til the morning after to see how the event finished. Nelly nailed two great putts following her Triple on 17; but Lexi really gagged on her last three scoring putts … Great Drama !

  5. Martin

    Nov 17, 2021 at 9:39 am

    It was broadcast live on Sky in the U.K.

  6. CrashTestDummy

    Nov 16, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Is the LPGA getting such poor ratings that TV networks won’t even pick it up? It is surprising because the LPGA pros are so good. Some of the scores they are shooting at tournaments is unbelievable. They are fun to watch.

    It might just be the fact that people are cutting the cord and TV ratings are just down more and more. I think people are just tired of the constant 24/7 politics and propaganda being force fed and injected into everything. That is why I cut the cord.

  7. Chris Hartman

    Nov 16, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    I watch more LPGA events on TV than PGA. I like the “atmosphere” of the LPGA ladies better. So much friendlier, no stupid male ego rivalries, and I can appreciate their slower swing speeds and use of more game improvement style clubs like higher lofted fairway woods, hybrids etc. Peacock had 4+ hours of coverage Sat/Sun of the 12th hole, but as soon as the lead group got off the 12th green, the coverage just ended. Why not just follow that final group to the finish? So then I had to stream it on golf channel, with it cutting in/out multiple times, including a solid 4-5 minutes of outage right when the final group was coming down the 18th. As a LPGA fan, you always know coverage will be worse than the PGA event, but this weekend was just appalling at the disparity.

  8. Boyo

    Nov 16, 2021 at 7:02 am

    They get short shrift all the time. They are great players. Typical male bias.

  9. Brian

    Nov 16, 2021 at 4:22 am

    Nobody thought this. No one.

    • Ben Wright

      Nov 17, 2021 at 10:28 am

      Quiet! Your comment doesn’t fit the narrative!

  10. Mike

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    I enjoy watching women’s golf because their game (in terms of distances) is closer to my reality! I watch all the final rounds of every event. With rare exceptions, watching on TV, there’s just no buzz or excitement in terms of a gallery getting loud, cheers, anything. Criticize me if you like, but somehow the game needs to expand, from an audience perspective, past kids & people over 55 (like me). For the most part, watching it is BORING. And we’re talking about the best female players on earth!

    Get a ‘task force’ & figure out how do we sell this sport to the 18-49 crowd. And bring in fans. LOTS OF THEM (the PGA events do). Maybe a real rivalry might stir up some excitement (all the women always seem so nice & polite to each other!).

    • David

      Nov 16, 2021 at 8:06 am

      I’m older than this dude and I share his thoughts. The lady golfers show off such wonderful swings & results. Many, maybe most, of my old coot golfing buddies also watch & agree.

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Greg Norman takes swipe at R&A on social media over Open Championship snub

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Despite convincing nobody but himself that Greg Norman was going to play at the 150th Open Championship, the two-time champion has since stated that he is “disappointed with their (the R&A) decision.”

As continually confirmed by the ruling authorities, “The entry terms and conditions for The Open stipulate that a champion must be aged 60 or under or have won the championship in the previous 10 years to be exempt from qualifying. That remains the case for The 150th Open and we have no plans for any additional exemptions.”

At 67 years-of-age and with his last victory being 29-years ago, it would have taken an extraordinary turnaround from not only the rules committee, but also tradition, for him to get in.

However, demonstrating that he believed he was going to be offered a place, the Shark has taken a not so subtle swipe over the decision with a recent Instagram post from St. Andrews captioned:

“Prepping for no reason. But still one of my all time fav golf courses to play @thehomeofgolf.”

 

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In a recent interview with Sky Sports, the Aussie legend stays away from the current furore over the LIV golf series, stating his application “wasn’t anything else other than a sincere ask.”

“I’m a two-time Champion Golfer of the Year.” said Norman. “It is St Andrews, one of my favourite golf courses. I’ve always sung praises about the R&A my entire – being the champion golfer of the year, right, I’ve supported them as far as I could possibly support them as a representative of being the holder of the Claret Jug.”

He continued, “So I actually thought my son and I talked about this before I even came on board with LIV and I’ve spoken to, you know, former heads of R&As to understand ‘okay, what is the process?’ And I knew that they had changed the date. But I also know other players over the age of 60 have been given an exemption, right?”

Norman’s latest interviews confirm the feelings he showed when talking to Australian Golf Digest, when commenting, “I’m disappointed with their decision, particularly given it is The 150th Open. I have been a staunch proponent of the R&A since 1977 and a proud Champion Golfer of the Year–twice.”

The interview with Sky concludes this topic with his reasons behind the ambitious request in the first place:

“So hello duh it’s a simple writing a letter to Martin Slumbers asking: ‘Hey, as a two-time Open Champion Golfer of the Year. I love St. Andrews. I love to be there for that.’ It was a full 100% sincere ask.”

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Max Homa reveals his dream celebrity fourball group

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Max Homa is fresh off his fourth victory on the PGA Tour, having seen off the challenge of Keegan Bradley to claim his second Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.

The Californian has seen his star rise over the past few years, having just broken the top 30 in the Official World Golf Rankings while remaining one of the most popular players in the sport due to his humorous activity on social media.

This week, Homa was a guest on GolfWRX’s TG2 podcast where he spoke about a number of topics relating to his latest victory and his equipment setup.

The 31-year-old also got into his dream celebrity fourball, and it’s fair to say that the answers show just how big of a sporting fanatic he really is.

For those who follow Homa on Twitter, his opening choice of Green Bay Packer’s QB Aaron Rodgers will come as no surprise. The two good friends teamed up together at the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and Rodgers even sent a congratulatory note on Twitter to Homa following his win on Sunday.

For his second selection, Homa turned to NBA star Steph Curry, who the golfer has repeatedly praised for his attempts to grow the game of golf, with the most recent being Curry’s introduction of a new junior golf tour.

Finally, Homa plumped for Tiger Woods, and when co-host Brian Knudson remarked that it was quite a group of talented golfers, the Wells Fargo champ stated: “You don’t want to be chasing golf balls all day.” Good point, Max.

Who would make your dream celebrity fourball, WRXers?

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Phil Mickelson’s latest Twitter activity suggests he’s not happy that he was ‘canceled’

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Phil Mickelson is back on Twitter, and he appears to be less than pleased with his ‘cancelation’.

In his first Twitter activity since February, Mickelson liked a user’s tweet that was in response to a Clay Travis tweet.

Here is the original tweet from Clay Travis, which highlights that the NBA will be playing matches next year in the UAE, a country where homosexuality is punishable by death.

The response, which Lefty liked, was from Twitter user Brandon Jones who voiced his frustration over the uneven backlash Mickelson has received in comparison to the NBA.

The like has since been removed by Mickelson, or perhaps it was liked by mistake.

As an aside, the 51-year-old also surprisingly liked one other tweet on his return to the platform, a Yahoo report on the PGA Tour blocking the release of “rebels” Mickelson and Lee Westwood.

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