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‘Minjee Lee shouldn’t be caddying for anyone’ – Par 3 contest reignites Women’s Masters debate

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The Par 3 contest at Augusta National is typically the calm before the storm, as partners, kids, and even celebrities join forces with the pros for an afternoon of entertainment.

This year’s contest was cut short by an actual storm, but there was still plenty going on at the event to get people talking, and none more so than the appearance of Minjee Lee, sister to Min Woo, who is making his debut at the tournament this week.

The World Number four in the world, Minjee and current holder of the Evian Championship last year, played a supporting role to her brother on Wednesday before getting her chance on one of the holes and sticking her approach close.

Following the contest, Minjee took to social media to share her delight at caddying for her brother at the event before some golf fans declared it was high time that the top women players had their chance to compete at Augusta National.

Twitter user @HgMac6 wrote: 

“Sorry that I don’t find this cute. Minjee Lee is #4 in the world.. much better than her brother. Minjee shouldn’t be caddying for anyone… the world’s best women PRO golfers should get to play at Augusta…. It should be like tennis .. men and women should play the same Majors.”

Prominent golf writer/tipster for Sporting Life Ben Coley also weighed in with a similar view, saying:

“This is lovely but also it makes for a pretty stark contrast: up-and-coming brother preparing to play Augusta; world-class sister has to make do with being a caddie in the par-3. Absolutely mad that there is still not a Women’s Masters for Minjee Lee to play in too.”

While when I wrote in 2018 ‘Why the LPGA deserves a major championship at Augusta National‘ for GolfWRX, my view was (and remains the same) that:

“The LPGA players deserve the same equal opportunity as the male players. There may never be the same general interest in the women’s game compared to the men. However, inclusivity is an area that has too often been lacking in the game of golf, and there is now more than enough quality and interest in the women’s game to justify Augusta National staging a women’s major championship.”

Augusta National deserves plenty of credit for the work it was done with the ANWA and the impact that has had.

Chairman Billy Payne said the event would have the “greatest impact on women’s golf.” The winner of the inaugural ANWA was Jennifer Kupcho, who last week won the first women’s major of the year, the Chevron Championship.

So what do you think? Is it time the LPGA pros got their chance to tackle Augusta National, or should things stay as they are?

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  1. T-Bone

    May 11, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    There should be a men’s Evian Championship in France, just like the women have. Its not fair! Waaaaaaaaaaaa!

  2. hjs

    Apr 27, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Minjee can play at Augusta: Qualify for the PGA tour, win the US Open, British Open, PGA, US Amateur, top 20 on the pga tour money leaders, etc. Just like everybody else.

  3. Jbone

    Apr 27, 2022 at 7:41 am

    Who is Minjee Lee?

  4. Tired of It All

    Apr 26, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Woke leaves you broke. The left leaves a mess. Liberal is good for me, but not if you disagree. My life, not your’s. Do good but only if good for me. Ok for me, but not for Thee. Me! Me! Me! And Me!

  5. CrashTestDummy

    Apr 26, 2022 at 10:03 am

    No big deal that Minjee is caddying for her brother. However, I do think Augusta should be hosting an LPGA major golf tournament every year. Heck, they have the Women’s Amateur at Augusta. Seems like the first women’s tournament hosted at Augusta should have been the LPGA.

  6. Hank the Tank

    Apr 24, 2022 at 6:11 am

    END WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE NOW!

  7. TD

    Apr 20, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Early candidate for worst take of the year right here. Professional sports are driven by money, and the man’s game brings the revenue. All the women have to do is produce a product that’s considered more entertaining than the men by the masses and you’ll be shocked at how quickly all the spoils rain down on them. ‘Woke” based equality is a moronic cancer of feeble minded sheep.

    • SDG90

      Apr 28, 2022 at 6:26 am

      Short sighted man. If women don’t get the same podium as men do, how are they suppose to produce an entertaining business?
      It’s not like The Masters were invented after men’s golf became entertaining. You think the majority of the people watch the Masters because it is men’s golf? Hell no, if that was the case they would be watching every week. They watch because it’s a Major on Augusta National. The venue and the concept are entertaining, not the guys who play there.

      The only way women’s golf can grow to the same level as men’s golf is by giving viewers as much content as possible on events that are as attractive as possible. Look how women’s soccer has progressed over the years, just by giving them the same opportunities as men (World Cup, Women’s Champions League). It’s easy for us guys to say they don’t ‘deserve’ to play Augusta National, because it’s not us who would get rejected for having the wrong gender. If we were good enough, we could be playing The Masters. These girls are good enough and yet they can’t play because of the way they were born.

      Personally I think women’s golf is one Major event away from getting one of the most viewed sports in the world. Imagine seeing Nelly Korda and Danielle Kang absolutely destroy Augusta National on tv…

  8. Condolezza Rice

    Apr 19, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    It was for the Par 3 contest. You are all losing your minds over this.

    Women’s golf is getting more and more attention because it’s entertaining and is far more relatable to most people in how they play and the distances they cover.

    That doesn’t mean they deserve something. If anything, the LPGA has proven on its own that their product is worthy and sponsors have taken notice.

    If anything, this overplays the hand of Augusta National. If the women want to be there, and AN want them there, they will sort something. In the meantime, I see a really cool story about a brother-sister duo representing Australia with a lot of class, having fun on Par-3 day.

    Shake off all that self-righteousness, all of you.

  9. benseattle

    Apr 19, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Fascinating how the opinionated, self-appointed “experts” hope to dictate to the members of a PRIVATE CLUB exactly how their organization should be run. While I’m all for providing opportunities for women golfers, where does it say that the ladies deserve a “Women’s Masters?” Not mentioned anywhere by those advocating such a tournament is precisely WHEN such an event would be played. You do know, don’t you, that Augusta National is CLOSED from May to October due to the Georgia heat of summer? Throw in the actual Masters and the Women’s Amateur and two weeks of the members playing opportunities are already gone. Also on the agenda are, I believe, FOUR traditional events enjoyed by the Actual Paying Members so those weeks are out as well. Sorry, but you shoe-horn in a Women’s Masters and not only is another week of member play lost but think of the massive organizational effort that goes into staging the Masters. And now you want these same volunteers to devote the same amount of time and energy to creating yet one more tournament? Please get serious or at least pretend to observe reality and you’ll see that inviting the LPGA is neither practical nor desirable.

  10. Todd McTodd

    Apr 19, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    FEMINISM = CANCER!

    • Rich

      Apr 22, 2022 at 11:39 am

      Until there’s a war. They they beg for traditional roles of men going to fight and women hiding in the kitchen.

      Worry about your own pathetic lives, woketard b*tches.

  11. Buddy Vanderbilt

    Apr 18, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Allowing women to vote has been the downfall of the West. It’s a disgrace that females are allowed to play the sacred fairways of Augusta National, it offends me deeply. Bobby Jones is rolling in his grave.

  12. Matt

    Apr 18, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    What a poorly thought out and frankly ridiculous notion that women should have their own tournament at Augusta for the sake of equality. Please allow me to remind everyone that the Masters invites PGA Tour members, not MPGA tour members. It’s not the Mens Professional Golf Association Tour. If a woman wants to play in the Masters all she has to do is compete on the PGA Tour and qualify. Is there a provision that keeps women from trying to play on the PGA Tour? If so then the issue is with the PGA Tour, not Augusta National. Augusta National seeks to invite the best golfer regardless of gender. True equality would be eliminating any and all tours based on gender and asking both men and women to play on the exact same course from the exact same tees to determine the best golfers in the world.

    • BirdieKing

      Apr 21, 2022 at 12:56 pm

      Shame there’s no upvote functionality or else I’d give you one on several different accounts. 😉

    • Moe Greene

      Apr 23, 2022 at 4:41 am

      Well said, Matt.

      To your point, Michelle Wie played a couple PGA events I believe.

      This article is lame.

  13. RES

    Apr 18, 2022 at 11:02 am

    The LPGA has built their own traditions outside of the 3 common majors over the last several decades. Mission Hills has hosted an LPGA Major, Dinah Shore, for almost 40 years. The LPGA also co-sanctions a 5th major with the LET, Evian, that has a 28 year history. These types of articles, while well intended, imply that the Shore and the Evian are insignificant because they are LPGA original events. It would be great to see an LPGA event at Augusta but why not support and respect these traditions that the LPGA has established instead of telling them things would be better if they could somehow be in lockstep with the mens traditions?

  14. Ian

    Apr 18, 2022 at 6:29 am

    Typical! Grown men losing their heads over a bit of Minj.

  15. Jim

    Apr 17, 2022 at 2:55 am

    Two of the nicest people you will ever meet having a wonderful time together and the “woke” step into bitch.

    Try and get a life, Gianni, otherwise, wokeness will take you down a deep, dark, and pathetic path.

  16. Truth

    Apr 16, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Women’s amateur and kids chip and putt contest is harming the old mystique of Augusta National. New(er) management at Augusta should stop caving to the politically correct crowd.

  17. Tom Kay

    Apr 16, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Looking forward to seeing what happens when a man identifying as woman qualifies for the LPGA tour. haha

  18. GWXAnon

    Apr 14, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    Golfwrx has always been predominantly wealthy, white, and male. Presumably “straight” and (pseudo)-“Christian” too. Very little point in trying to inject any equality or inclusivity into this arena. Remember, those who shout “cancel culture” the loudest are actually the ones who invented and propagated it. All you’re going to get here are comments with an enormous sense of entitlement; those who have never been belittled or discriminated against due to their gender, skin color, et al, simply have no clue… and culturally have no empathy.

    Try again in a few generations.

    • Rod McDavid

      Apr 19, 2022 at 12:59 pm

      The only discrimination I currently see is directed toward straight white males. Affirmative Action is destroying our society.

    • BirdieKing

      Apr 21, 2022 at 12:59 pm

      How about putting your perceived devils to rest and get out there and compete? Nobody is stopping anyone from competing and earning a spot in The Masters.

      TLDR: It’s not equality you want. You want to be treated special.

  19. Andrew C

    Apr 14, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    So many miserable old farts on here are the ones getting their whitie-tighties in a bunch, totally ignoring the fact that it’d be pretty damn cool if there were a women’s major at Augusta, one of the greatest championship courses in history. Look at yourself and figure out why it is you’re having such a knee-jerk reaction to this. I for one would love seeing the best LPGA players create history there. Why the hell not? Would be fantastic for the game IMO

    • YoMomma

      Apr 23, 2022 at 10:23 pm

      Because its a private club. They can do what ever they want. Granted when they were threatened a few years ago about women membership they allowed a whole 2 women in. How about all the other top courses in the US and world that still dont allow women to play?? I live in Scottsdale and there are 3 top private courses that only allow women to play on Sundays with men. I dont hear you complaining about that. You know nothing about what its like in the upper echelon of golf courses. Hardly anything has changed in 100s of years. You should be preaching for equality all around in golf but if you knew it will never happen

  20. Scott Tach

    Apr 13, 2022 at 11:22 am

    Can we keep golfwrx from being woke like the other 95% of the internet? This is a terrible misrepresentation of the responses on Twitter and most of the critical responses are ratio’d.

    This article is clickbait for an agenda and bad journalism.

  21. WigerToods

    Apr 13, 2022 at 2:42 am

    How many PGA courses are shared with LPGA?

    API – No
    Torrey – No
    Riviera – No
    Sawgrass – No

  22. Imafitter

    Apr 8, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    Keep the ALPGA out of Augusta…even the US.

    • Capt. Poopypants

      Apr 9, 2022 at 5:59 pm

      “Better than her brother.” Priceless. Why is she on LPGA, then. She’d make more bank on the PGA, if she is better than her brother.

      • lol

        Apr 19, 2022 at 10:11 am

        Re the “Better than her brother” idiot replying.

        Assuming you aren’t being disingenious, very dumb of you to miss the point.

  23. Mark

    Apr 8, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    I agree, lets be totally inclusive, I want a old fat hackers tournament at Augusta, Pebble, Cypress, Pine Valley, and all the rest. Lets make everything fare. I totally love the LPGA, I watch most weeks, I loved the Augusta Womens Am. But it is a private club, if they don’t want to have an LPGA event, they don’t have to. I mean come on people, the LPGA is a wonderful tour and I wish more people would support it, but life isn’t fair.

  24. Bob Jones

    Apr 8, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    We don’t hear about women having to have a tournament at Hilton Head, or Quail Hollow, or TPC Sawgrass. All we have here is the assertion that women need to have a tournament at Augusta National, without any reasoning behind it except the additional assertion that not having one is an equal opportunity issue, which also doesn’t get explained.

    Let women start and nurture their own tradition. Someone with the status, say, of Annika Sorenstam can get backing, build a course, and create a high-status women’s invitational. Earning your own tradition is a prouder achievement than piggybacking on someone else’s.

  25. Hunter

    Apr 8, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Pathetic defenses of Augusta in the comment sections shows the real problem. Most amateur male golfers still have zero respect for LPGA tour pros, who could all easily destroy them every day of the week. Junior golfers, amateur women and of course Male Tour pros? No problem if they want to play Augusta. But Women Tour Pros? Oh the horror!! Sad to say the least.

  26. Mike

    Apr 8, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Did these critics forget about the Augusta National Woman’s Amateur? Or the Drive, Cut, Putt for that matter. Regardless of what stage of their career these women are in they still have the opportunity to qualify to play at Augusta.

    • Hunter

      Apr 8, 2022 at 10:52 am

      Which is why the LPGA deserves a tournament at Augusta as well. Pro Men, Amateur Women and Junior golfers all get to play Augusta. But not the best Women Pros? Who by the way didn’t and still don’t have a way to play Augusta.

      • HR Fernández

        Apr 9, 2022 at 6:22 pm

        This is the problem, people like hunter.

        This society has become a society of deserving instead of earning.

        Nobody deserves a thing in life, you have to go out and earn it, and if you can’t earn it, then you didn’t deserve it.

      • Raymond Reddington

        Apr 10, 2022 at 1:26 am

        They don’t “deserve” a fucking thing. They have their own major championships. Five of them to be exact. You seem oblivious to the fact that Augusta National is privately owned property. It’s their right to conduct their events as they choose. If you have a problem with that then you can choose to not watch.

      • Joe

        Apr 17, 2022 at 9:54 am

        It’s a private club. There is no “deserve”.

        Become a member and maybe you can pursue your “everyone gets a trophy” mentality.

      • Brian

        Apr 17, 2022 at 11:01 pm

        They deserve nothing.

        How come women can’t form their own club. Do you think they are incapable?

  27. BobbyG

    Apr 7, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Some people see problems in everything. Just stupid. People need to get some sense in them.

  28. Johnny Penso

    Apr 7, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Is Minjee the brother or the sister of Min Woo? Any biologists here at WRX that could clear this up?

  29. HR Fernández

    Apr 7, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    So, some Twitterites and some third rate sports writers give an opinion on a non-issue and GWRX makes it an issue.

    Come on guys, be serious.

  30. DukeOfChinoHills

    Apr 7, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Everyone knows the best way to make ANGC change, or do something new is to publicize it and/or attempt to shame them.
    Just ask Martha Burke.

  31. Tom Kay

    Apr 7, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    I need to know Minjee’s preferred pronouns before I can make a definitive comment.

    • JimK

      Apr 8, 2022 at 10:15 pm

      Idiot

    • MICHAEL

      Apr 16, 2022 at 11:28 am

      Absolutely NOTHING to do w/ this story. I hate the woke crap as much as anyone but you definitely must have been asleep when you read this story.

  32. Gianni Not So Versace

    Apr 7, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    What a shankaroo!

  33. El Culebra is Watching

    Apr 7, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    I think biological males should be allowed to play the LPGA tour.

    See, see, the stupidity of it.

  34. HR Fernández

    Apr 7, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Did Ms.Lee expressed those concerns or this is just useless speculation?

    I’m leaning towards the latter. I’m sure she had a blast sharing the moment with her brother.

    • Ronnie Mundt

      Apr 7, 2022 at 2:32 pm

      Its typical useless speculation by those who constantly have an axe to grind because their life is miserable.

    • MICHAEL

      Apr 16, 2022 at 11:30 am

      It’s. Her. Brother. If I was the best in the world at something & my sister asked me to carry her bag to a ping-pong tournament (anywhere), I’d gladly do it. It’s. Her. Brother.

      Manufactured outrage on this one.

  35. HR Fernández

    Apr 7, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Everything these days is about been ‘inclusive’ instead of been about merit and actually earned things.

    I guess if we are really going to peddle this inclusiveness, perhaps a male transgender should be allowed to play in the LPGA.

    Why not? Time for the Woke Patrol to put their money where their mouth is, otherwise, there’s the men’s tour and the ladies tour.

    Nobody deserves anything, things are earned.

    Augusta National is a private entity and if they don’t wish to have a Masters tournament for the LPGA that’s their business.

    Honestly, I was surprised they would even agree to host an amateur tournament, but I guess the pressure was too much not to.

    Our society has become a cesspool of takers and sports have been used as a pawn to promote social agendas that have no place in the world of entertainment.

    After all, sports are supposed to be entertaining, not about lecturing people.

    Ms. Lee was having fun with her brother and I don’t think she was pouting about not been able to play a tour event at Augusta National.

  36. BD57

    Apr 7, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Like it or not, there’s simply no way to hold a “joint competition” at Augusta National – not without greatly truncating both fields, which would be to the detriment of both championships.

    So a “joint Masters,” like the tennis championships, is “out.”

    That leaves you playing separate events separate weeks, a la the back to back opens @ Pinehurst. Which, perhaps, could be done, if the membership @ Augusta National wanted to do it.

    BUT . . .

    The “Dinah now Chevron” was considered the LPGA, etc. version of the Masters for years – same time of year, same course, strong field, etc. Chevron obviously has big plans for it going forward; how welcome would AGNC big-footing Chevron, etc. be, really?

  37. Mianni Gagliocco

    Apr 7, 2022 at 11:58 am

    SHANK!!!!!!!!! Nobody cares.

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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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PGA Tour pro fired caddie for trying to distract Justin Thomas

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Pro golfers and their caddies usually keep their quarrels to club selection, but this week a former winner on the PGA Tour revealed that he and his caddie split ways for an entirely different reason.

Michael Kim, winner of the 2008 John Deere Classic, took to Twitter to tell a story about how his caddie attempted to distract playing partners Justin Thomas and Bobby Wyatt by making noise during their backswings at a prestigious amateur event.

Though clearly no fault of his own, Kim stated on social media that he was still sorry to both players to this day:

Asked what his reaction to the caddie’s attempt to distract his playing partners was, Kim said “disbelief” before explaining how the caddie “was making noise with the peanut butter cracker wrappers,” and he fired him immediately after the round.

A surprised Justin Thomas responded to Kim’s tweet, saying: “Wtf!!!! I never knew this G (smiling emoji)”. 

Kim has not named the caddie, or former caddie, in question.

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Golfer plays US Open qualifier as punishment for losing fantasy football bet…and it went badly

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‘Monday Q Info’ is a name that is renowned for bringing us the serious side of the game, the player that grinds through a round before hopping off to work at a store, golfers sleeping side-by-side in camper vans, and even suffering personal tragedy.

He also thankfully brings us the amusing side of the sport and did so again yesterday when highlighting the plight of one competitor at the US Open qualifier at Oakwood Country Club, Kansas City, Missouri.

According to a report that was given to Twitter golf legend, Ryan French (posting as @acaseofthegolf1) John Eckert signed for a 40-over score of 112 for the standard par-72, a card that included one 10 and five double-bagels…snowmen. Whatever you want to call it, they were eights!

Replies ask how Eckert got in to the competition given there is supposed to be a max handicap index of 1.4, and whilst Ryan hinted, “This may come as a surprise to some but the handicap system in golf can be manipulated,” a few respondents put up the thought that he registered as a pro, therefore not needing to declare any figures.

Either way, the verdict seems mixed.

“It sucks to be the playing partner having to watch him hit multiple shots in between your shots. Ruins the flow and it’s incredibly tough to keep focused,” was one comment, whilst another poster made his point: “Dying over the discourse in this thread from golfers. Giant babies.”

Either way, what was the reason he played in the first place?

According to those that were unfortunate enough to be playing alongside, Eckert ‘lost a fantasy football bet and his punishment was to play.’

We can’t be sure who was punished more in the end – his playing partners or the man himself.

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