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‘Absolutely disgusting’ – LPGA pro blasts Augusta National for its role in major venue change

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Sunday evening saw the final round of the Chevron Championship, the first major of the LPGA season.

Nothing much in that, except it is the last time that the Mission Hills course will have held the event after a 51-year run.

On Friday, Danielle Kang spoke up about the increased sponsorship and the impending move to Houston, admitting that, “Traditions are tradition, but for me, like there is nothing permanent than change.”

However, in an interview with The Desert Sun, three-time Solheim Cup player Christina Kim has much stronger words for the golf hierarchy and, in particular, Augusta National.

After missing the cut at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course, the 38-year-old lamented, “It’s very bittersweet. This tournament’s been very important to me over the years for a lot of reasons, and I’m really sad to be leaving.”. She continued, “I wish that there was more willingness from all parties including the people (making decisions) here to have found a way to make it work so that we could’ve stayed here.”

Having held a major since 1983, it is no surprise that many LPGA players are feeling bittersweet about the move, but Kim makes pointed suggestions that accuse Augusta National of mistreating the event, including moving the ANWA to a competitive slot on the third day (Saturday) of the major.

“Truth be told, I’m not gonna lie. I’m really upset with Augusta National. Because there’s no reason why we couldn’t continue to have this tournament be the first major in professional golf,” Kim told the publication. “And I think it’s absolutely disgusting what they’re doing and I have no problem saying that. It’s bull hockey what they’re doing.”

Never one to hide her opinion, Kim is also unhappy about the way the Augusta National Women’s Amateur is being run.

“It barely qualifies as the bare minimum of allowing those girls one practice round and giving them a playoff to see who’s going to make the cut into the final round at that place.”

Very few, including Kim, have an issue with the increased funds coming into the LPGA, but she suggests that tradition could have prompted a more concerted effort to keep the event at the course.

“I know there were attempts made to try and see if the date could change because Augusta was doing what Augusta does,” she said. “But it did not work for the region here either, so unfortunately, it would be easy to say there’s no one to blame other than Augusta National, but that’s neither here nor there. Everyone could have worked… I’m sure everyone did everything they think that they could’ve done to keep the tournament here. But the reality is we’re not coming back…….for now at least.”

“Maybe a big corporation will step up and see — like the American Express did for the men — that the women belong here in the desert,” Kim said. “The golf here is incredible, the people here are amazing, the culture here is fun, it’s artsy, it’s inclusive, it’s diverse, and it fits right in with the ethos of the LPGA so there’s no reason why they shouldn’t have a tournament here. It’s just very bittersweet.”

With two-top 10 finishes and a couple of top-20s in 17 starts in the event, Kim still keeps some desire that there will be a turnaround.

“The foundation has already been established. The people. The ones that really matter. The heart and soul of the LPGA coming to the desert are the fans. One can always hope that something can come out of this.”

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  7. Jack Nash

    Apr 20, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Sure are a lot of complainers on here complaining about Kim complaining about the dirtbag move Augusta did.

    • Doc

      May 20, 2022 at 10:26 pm

      Augusta owes her and the lpga NOTHING. She has NOTHING to complain about.

  8. notwithanybody

    Apr 18, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    When are we going to stop pretending that women’s sports means anything to anybody but those playing it? They’re lucky to have ANY venue for the 500 people they pull in.

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  12. David

    Apr 16, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Bum. The gripes of a 3x tour winner. Who cares.

  13. Golf Puff

    Apr 15, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Seriously? In MA, the Tour event at TPC Norton (Boston) has become an alternating year part of the Fed Ex Cup. Why? Not supported? No.

    Things change. Be happy for what you have been afforded, Christina. Move on. Nothing is permanent, and change is necessary even if it creates disatifaction. Yes, I get it. Dinah Shore was a huge supporter of the LPGA. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope were big supporters of the PGA Tour long ago. They no longer have title events, and sites move.

    Stop whining. Be happy that there is a venue for up and coming amateurs to play a competitive event and maybe improve the LPGA Tour down the line.

  14. Joe

    Apr 13, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Another whiner with zero perspective

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  16. Moses

    Apr 11, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Don’t care for what CK said but moving that major to Houston just doesnt sit right with me. Jumping in that pond, that iconic 18th hole and that’s where the Nabisco Dinah Shore got its start. IMO the now Chevron is the biggest women’s major and having it at a different venue changes the whole dynamic.

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  18. Paul

    Apr 10, 2022 at 9:49 am

    This doesn’t sound right….The LPGA can’t compete against a amateur tournament that’s held on Saturday with a 3 hour time difference? Christina complains about everything. Couldn’t change because of weather in the region? Not sure why they need to change for that one Saturday that shouldn’t even conflict with your time but if it did why not the week before, or the week before that?

  19. Tiger

    Apr 9, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Wasn’t she married to Kermit?

  20. IsSheTalkingAboutHerself?

    Apr 8, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Personally, I find Christina Kim absolutely disgusting. She reported her fellow players for something very trivial. It may been against the rule but pretty much everyone was doing it. Neither, it was not her first time other players do that. Yet, she report them causing penalties. Why? Just because that’s who Christina Kim is.

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  22. Hooded 4-iron

    Apr 5, 2022 at 10:11 am

    An irrelevant player trying to be relevant. Yawn…

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  24. Jerry

    Apr 5, 2022 at 4:32 am

    She’s absolutely right. Moving the Dinah Shore out of paradise with 50 years of tradition down the drain to go to Houston. Then they blab all this inclusion brainwashing crap during the broadcast. Instead of poppy’s pond they can now jump into a pool of Texas tea.

    • BD57

      Apr 15, 2022 at 12:27 pm

      Chevron’s moving the Dinah, not AGNC. Had Chevron wanted to, it could’ve stayed in Palm Springs. It didn’t.

      The ONLY gripe the LPGA could have with AGNC is “Creating the date conflict which forces top amateurs to choose between playing in the AGNC or the Dinah.”

      In an ideal world, that conflict wouldn’t exist, so the top amateurs could play both.

      With that said, let’s understand why so many of the top amateurs have chosen to play the ANWA . . .

      The ANWA is an amateur event, and it’s far more likely they can be competitive at the ANWA than they would be at the Dinah (where their participation is more “ceremonial”).

      The ANWA comes with a round at AGNC no matter what (to which the Dinah course cannot compare).

      Why play the ANWA the week before the Masters, why not the week after? My opinion

      1) It gets far more attention and prestige from being the “lead in” to the Masters than it would being the “afterthought” – and it would be an afterthought if played after the Masters.

      2) It provides a better experience for the women amateurs playing the week before, when the course conditions will be pristine, than the week after, when the course has endured 7 days of patrons everywhere.

      Christina is way off the mark here.

    • Joey5Picks

      Apr 15, 2022 at 11:38 pm

      What do you mean by “inclusion brainwashing crap”? Are you for exclusion?

      • BirdieKing

        Apr 21, 2022 at 11:29 am

        “…it’s artsy, it’s inclusive, it’s diverse…”

        You know, “tHe MeSsAgE”

        And nobody is for exclusion. It’s the constant yammering about immutable characteristics that annoys people. It’s weak and pathetic. How about let’s all just be individuals and may the best rise to the top? Why is that too much to ask?

        • James

          Apr 27, 2022 at 11:13 am

          It is far too much to ask from the “participation award” generation. They have become accustomed to either having their way after a big cry, or being rewarded for doing half the job so as not to hurt their feelings.

  25. Steve

    Apr 4, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Kristina WHO???

  26. Tom Kay

    Apr 4, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    The reason the article sounds confusing is because Christina Kim is confused.

  27. Doug sewart

    Apr 4, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    That’s not Danielle Kang

    • Bob

      Apr 4, 2022 at 4:25 pm

      You’re right. Read the article, Tard.

    • Joey5Picks

      Apr 15, 2022 at 11:39 pm

      You didn’t read the whole article. That’s lazy.

  28. Paco Raboner

    Apr 4, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    I’m commenting to comment I have nothing to say other than that’s quite an outfit.

  29. Gerry T

    Apr 4, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    Ithink that the corporate wannabes needs to stop their elitism and exclusive rather than inclusive behavior support the LPGA. We learn more from them than the other tours. They also give e more back to communities so next time you think of which tour to thank for all thet do…thank the LPGA tour!

    • Fred

      Apr 5, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      First of all, learn how to type. Secondly, check donation $ from the PGA vs. LPGA over the years. You would think people claiming to be she/her would love Augusta supporting the female (whoops, am I allowed to use that word) golf world.

  30. Curt

    Apr 4, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Can anyone corroborate any thing she says about Augusta National being the cause of the move to Houston ? Sounds like a reach to me.

    • Kim is right 2

      Apr 4, 2022 at 3:09 pm

      From what I understand, ANWA being broadcast on the same weekend takes viewership away from the Chevron Championship. They can’t move the date AND keep it at the same course due to weather in Palm Springs at other times of the year, so it had to move to Houston.

      I think the flow of the article and phrasing makes this confusing More confusing than it needs to be

      • Curt

        Apr 4, 2022 at 6:02 pm

        My reading was Chevron was going to move it anyway. Heavy ties to the Houston area. Also I watched more women’s golf this Saturday and Sunday thanksgiving I’ve ever watched in a long time.

      • Mgear

        Apr 4, 2022 at 7:46 pm

        Indeed, the article is anything but clear. Even after a second read I wasn’t quite sure what the deal was.

  31. Yeap!

    Apr 4, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    The dues paid by Augusta National members in one year to hob nob at the immaculately groomed club – equal more than most Augusta kids can eat in their lifetime.

    The “Masters” in Augusta must leave their big plantation and help with the freedom of America’s enslaved low-income working class – many of whom are

    • Mike

      Apr 14, 2022 at 8:28 am

      Augusta members don’t pay dues. The club is financed by the revenue generated by The Masters.

  32. The Truth Hurts!

    Apr 4, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    The dues paid by Augusta National members in one year to hob nob at the immaculately groomed club – equal more than most Augusta kids can eat in their lifetime.

    The “Masters” in Augusta must leave their big plantation and help with the freedom of America’s enslaved low-income working class – many of whom are

  33. Kim is Right!

    Apr 4, 2022 at 11:32 am

    I agree 100%. The land grabbers of Augusta National don’t care for anything other than their little club.

    Sure, they have a couple of minorities as members, but we all know the real history of Augusta National and master Bobby Jones.

    This is why I don’t watch ‘The Masters’, the people running that show are disgusting and will do anything for a dollar.

    Just ask all the citizens of Augusta who have been displaced because of Augusta National snatching land for their private golf course.

    Yes, nice bone from Augusta National to the ladies. One day and you’ll enjoy it. Typical Augusta National bullshtein.

    The land grabbers and bigots of Augusta National can stuff their tournament up their behind.

    • Bob

      Apr 4, 2022 at 1:52 pm

      Their connections to the Federal Reserve currency counterfeiters allow them to buy whatever and whoever they want.

      She’s right. They are thieves of Bobby Jones’ club.

      • SuperG

        Apr 5, 2022 at 5:19 am

        Cry me a river. Another lying liberal heard from.

        • Joey5Picks

          Apr 15, 2022 at 11:43 pm

          Another anti-fact conservative chiming in.

          • Bart

            May 20, 2022 at 10:36 pm

            Joey…. another liberal who doesn’t know anything, but who likes to throw out the typical leftist lies.

        • Doc

          May 20, 2022 at 10:33 pm

          SuperG, you have that right!!!!

      • Sam

        Apr 21, 2022 at 7:19 am

        You do know how many liberals there are at Augusta, right?

    • James

      Apr 27, 2022 at 11:21 am

      Displaced because their land was snatched from them by AN.

      Did I miss where AN came in the middle of the night and forced these people from their homes? They were paid much more than market value for their property, and that was IF they agreed to sell it. No one held a gun to their heads.

      The profit they made, most likely allowed them to upgrade their housing choice and neighborhood. I doubt any of them are living on the streets in a cardboard box since being “displaced”.

  34. Professor

    Apr 4, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Well, I certainly understand Christina’s frustration. We probably all at least thought the the ANWA created a dilemma for amateurs who traditionally would’ve received invites to play the ANA who would now have a difficult decision to make. ANA or ANWA. Not surprisingly though after only three iterations of the ANWA it’s becoming the next big thing. From ANGC’s perspective I would imagine that the only option was to host the ANWA the week before the Masters. That didn’t really leave the ANA/Dinah Shore with too many options. Move the event a couple of weeks earlier or later in the season. Good on Chevron for stepping up with sponsorship. But with all of those record products they’ve been taking in it’s not really too much of a surprise. I’m sure there’s more to the story than we know though of course. I’d like to believe that Chairman Ridley spoke with Mike Whan, the then LPGA president, beforehand. Interesting topic for a podcast.

    • Ridley good Riddance

      Apr 5, 2022 at 5:58 pm

      Ridley is a disgrace!

      Augusta National and their membership still believe the South won the Civil War.

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Korn Ferry Tour pro leaves clubs on airport carousel in incredible chase to make tee time

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It’s your job, so I guess you have to do it.

Most golf fans will be used to the tales of the struggles of the end of year Q-school and the plight of mini-tour players, even maybe the list of reserves for each tournament.

But the 18th alternate!?

Korn Ferry Tour player James Nicholas had something of an interesting journey on Wednesday, when late at night he received a call letting him know he was now the first alternate for the AdventHealth Championship starting less than 24 hours later.

When receiving the call, the Yale graduate was sitting in Westchester County, New York, some 1000 miles away from the tournament location in Kansas City, Missouri. Starting the event as a reserve was a possibility, but first he needed to get there on time.

In what was an almost impossible chase, Nicholas got the first flight he could but found his plane delayed by 90 minutes – this was becoming an  increasingly impossible journey.

“Why would I go when I know it will take a miracle for me to get in?” Nicholas shared on Instagram. “Because it’s my job, and I’ll do anything for just a chance.”

Miracles happen and from 18th alternate on May 13th to first on May 18th, at 9:52am on May 19th Nicholas was now informed he was in the tournament!

Having finally landed in the Midwest, the 25-year-old found he had no time to wait for his luggage at the baggage carousel and had to rush to the Blue Hills Country Club without clubs, shoes or glove!

Fortunately the head club pro lent Nicholas all the equipment he needed, allowing him to compete and finish the round in four-over par 76 – some way behind the leaders.

If fortune follows the brave, then he will make the cut later today.

If not, nobody can blame a trier!

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Multiple PGA champ says ‘Phil was not missed’ at Champions Dinner

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The PGA Championship’s past champions’ dinner on Tuesday was a bit different than usual. Phil Mickelson, the tournament’s defending champion was nowhere to be found.

At a typical PGA Championship, Mickelson would have hosted the past champions’ dinner. The duties would include picking the menu and giving gifts to those in attendance. This year, those duties fell to the PGA of America due to Phil’s absence.

According to former champion Dave Stockton, Mickelson was “not missed”.

“It was a fun evening. Phil was not missed,” said Dave Stockton, who won the 1970 and ’76 PGA Championships. “I think Phil would have been a big distraction. The story here this week is the PGA.”

Stockton is partly responsible for having the champions’ dinner at the PGA Championship include only past winners, which is something that started last year at Kiawah Island.

“At Kiawah last year we had I think six or seven people in the room besides just players, and like we did last night, we sat around and they can’t separate us out because there’s so many players, former champions, that it was unbelievable,” Stockton said. “We ended the night, and everybody stayed. I think it blew the PGA officers away.”

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Major champ calls for audio release of bombshell Mickelson interview

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On Wednesday, GolfWRX reported on an excerpt of 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem’s interview with Golf Magic and Boylesports Latest Golf Betting, in which he doesn’t hold back his view on Alan Shipnuck, author of the recently published biography of Phil Mickelson.

Put simply, Beem said, “I don’t trust Alan. It’s nothing personal, I just don’t trust what he writes,” and the theme has continued today with more details of the interview that he had with the bookmaker’s blog.

Whilst accepting the subject of the book, Phil Mickelson, has made errors and will need to ask for a deal of forgiveness to be allowed back on the PGA Tour, Beem has doubts about the context of the controversial comments that have turned the golf world upside down over the last couple of months.

Mickelson has become a (self?) exiled player since calling LIV Golf’s Saudi backers “scary…to deal with” and advising that they were a way of leveraging with the PGA Tour and their “obnoxious greed.”

Having been unhappy with the way Shipnuck handled the coverage of his rookie year in his 2003 publication, ‘Bud, Sweat & Tees’ – “I think that he tries to sensationalist everything,” – Beem wants some clearance on the circumstances of the controversial comments that appeared in the latest tome.

“What was printed by Alan Shipnuk, I want to be clear on this, I want to hear the audio,” Beem told the bookmaker site. “I want to hear exactly what Phil said and I want to hear the context of what he said because the written word is so different than the spoken word that you can take it in any context you want.”

“If you write me a letter, I can read that letter in so many different ways trying to figure out the way you wrote it. I want to hear what he said and how he said it before I really determine how I feel because I look at the source with a little disdain – I’m not a fan. ”

“Once I hear the context, I could probably make a better determination, but it’s hard for me to comment much more on Phil. He’s always been a unique character on the PGA Tour, and there’s a thousand stories out there as we all probably know.”

With nobody knowing for sure where we will see Mickelson next tee it up, Beemer has some advice for the 2021 PGA Champion should he wish to come back to the main tour.

“To go out and to try and redeem yourself, then what you need to do is become a model citizen. You need to come back, hat in hand at the PGA Tour if that’s where your allegiance is, and you need to apologise to every single player on the range.”

“You know, ‘Hey, listen, sorry for having this controversy, didn’t mean it to distract from you and this great tour that we’re part of’, because there are a lot more things to the PGA Tour that, besides the money they play for, are funnelled in.”

“You can give me a cheque for $5 million for winning a tournament, but the things that I get from the PGA Tour are so much more valuable in some respects. And there’s a laundry list of them.”

The current PGA champion is the first non-injured player of the modern era to miss the defence of his title, and with just three weeks to go before the first LIV event in London, we are still in the dark  as to where he next tees it up.

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