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



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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  2. Imafitter

    Jun 22, 2022 at 11:01 am

    You want to play in the desert? Really? Call the Saudi’s. I’m sure they’d love to have you.

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  8. David Wilson

    Jun 8, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    Jesus! What is that?

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  19. 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.

    • Michaele

      Jun 3, 2022 at 9:53 am

      The only “dirtbag” I see here is a someone named Jack.

      Another tough talker with an internet connection.

  20. 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.

    • Better than notwithanybody

      Jun 25, 2022 at 3:36 pm

      Not sure you knew this but around 100,000 people show up to lpga events per week…

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  24. David

    Apr 16, 2022 at 10:26 pm

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

  25. 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.

  26. Joe

    Apr 13, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Another whiner with zero perspective

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  28. 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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  30. 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?

  31. Tiger

    Apr 9, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Wasn’t she married to Kermit?

  32. 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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  34. Hooded 4-iron

    Apr 5, 2022 at 10:11 am

    An irrelevant player trying to be relevant. Yawn…

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  36. 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.

  37. Steve

    Apr 4, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Kristina WHO???

  38. Tom Kay

    Apr 4, 2022 at 9:18 pm

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. 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”.

    • Patrick

      Jun 13, 2022 at 12:29 pm

      Are your feelings hurt…?

  46. 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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Celine Boutier responds after report claimed she refused to play with two teammates at Solheim Cup



Following last week’s Solheim Cup, a report from Handicap54 on X indicated that Celine Boutier asked for a partner change after Georgia Hall had underperformed alongside her during the morning session of the Solheim Cup on Friday.

“I tell a ‘funny’ situation that I found out about @thesolheimcup, from different sources. I’m not going to name names, for now.

Captain of one of the two teams receives the request from one of her best players (player A), who complained about the level of her teammate (player B, on Friday morning).

‘Can I play with another golfer in the afternoon?’

The captain answers yes and tells her with whom. And the player in question gives her a third name (player C). Well, the captain answers that it is impossible, sends her to sit down for the Friday afternoon session and decided that third name play with the player who had a low level (player B). And these last two won their match, that afternoon! ???”

“Yes, the golfer was Céline Boutier. And I wanted to wait for the celebrations to pass and I wanted that the names were saying by the friends of Golf Sin Etiquetas (@gfcgolf and @alexlarrazabal1), who had the same information and were on the course (I considered that they had priority and I was waiting to them). At the same time, I want to clarify a detail that I have explained poorly. The story is like this. Friday afternoon, Celine Boutier tells Pettersen that she doesn’t want to play with Hall and wants to play in the afternoon, with another player. Suzann tells her that she would play with Maguire (I explained that detail poorly, but it is a detail that does not harm what I said). Boutier refuses and Suzann Pettersen decides that the French golfer won’t play that afternoon.”

Boutier responded to the claims in an interview with Ouest France.

“I don’t know what to say other than that it’s completely false. Leona is a player that I respect enormously, even more so in the Solheim Cup. We know each other very well, since university (they both studied at Duke in the United States).

I don’t see any personal or professional reason not to want to play with her. It’s even the opposite, it’s an honour to play with her. This is unfounded and almost comical in fact. Anyone who knows us and our relationship would know that’s not true.”

Boutier has yet to make any comment on the claim she didn’t want to play Friday afternoon with Georgia Hall.

Although the report has now been disputed, Handicap54 is standing by his original report.

“If Celine Boutier had seen this, she would have denied the situation of Hall too. This is not the first time that a player/part of the team players has tried to ‘deny’ a conflict in the Solheim Cup/Ryder Cup. But I respect their ‘denial’. I still stand my tweet (much more, after seeing this) and admire Pettersen’s ability to overcome all these internal problems that she had.”

“Koepka and DJ ‘would have had a fight’ at the @rydercup 2018. Koepka denied it, but he had a great relationship with DJ… which was not seen again until LIV Golf. I insist: this is not the first time that a player/person on a player’s team tries to deny a situation like this. I respect Boutier’s response but I still stand my tweet.”

The original source then doubled down on their take, saying on X:

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‘They might be leaking oil’ – Why Wyndham Clark thinks Europe may be mentally drained by Sunday



The 2023 Ryder Cup gets underway in just a couple of days, and it’s safe to say that the mind games have well and truly begun.

Earlier this month, Ryder Cup rookie Wyndham Clark hit the headlines for comments he made regarding the prospect of facing Rory McIlroy in Sunday’s singles.

While speaking to Golf Channel, Clark said:

“I have the utmost respect for Rory – he is one of our great ambassadors of our game. He is obviously one of the best of all time and he is still going so he can be that. I have tons of respect for Rory and because of that respect, I also want to beat him. I like to think I am better than him and I want to prove that.”

The U.S. Open champ caught some flack for those comments, but it hasn’t stopped Clark from showcasing his bullishness, with the 29-year-old exclaiming on Wednesday that he believes members of the European team may have played too much golf heading into this week’s event.

When a reporter mentioned to Clark that he’s had some weeks off while the Europeans have been playing themselves into form, the US Open champ mentioned how it could be a hindrance to the Europeans.

“I think the European team, I think it’s great that they got to play. I also think they might be maybe a little mentally fatigued as this week goes on. This is obviously a very intense environment and mentally challenging, and then also you put in a pretty physically demanding golf course being so hilly and up and down that maybe come Sunday they might be leaking oil and we’ll be fresh.”

There’s not long to wait now to find out if Clark is correct or off base in his assessment.

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‘This can’t be real’ – Golf fans react to John Daly’s hilarious NSFW Instagram post



On Tuesday night, John Daly took to Instagram to show a photo of a statue of himself at Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

The statue had a bee’s nest attached to it and looked as if it was adding to the statues below the belt area.

Daly posted the photo with the caption, “Thanks to the hornets for making it life size #savethebees @nemacolin #mysticrock”


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Country artist Randy Houser replied, “Hahaha!!! Does it itch or sting?”

Another commenter, @ryanshager replied, “I’ve seen it, it’s actually bigger”.

Daly has been a controversial figure at times in golf, but there’s no denying that he always bring some entertainment to the table.

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