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LPGA blasted over ‘outright offensive’ provisions at Q-School event despite scorching heat

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On Thursday, over 300 players started their arduous run through the first stage of the 2022 LPGA and Epson Tour Q-school.

It’s an incredible number, and whilst spread across three courses – Dinah Shore and Palmer at Mission Hills, and Shadow Ridge at Palm Desert – rounds are sure to take longer than usual, and be boiling hot!

The hopefuls will initially look to complete 54 holes without a score of 88 or higher, all gaining an Epson card, with the top 100 gaining access to Stage II in October.

The enormous field contains seven Epson Tour players that will now have played for six weeks in a row, many admitting that the balance between rest and competition is vital, yet taking no time off to prepare for the desert heat. As Ryan French might say, “That’s grinding.”

The pressure to succeed here is as high as it is for any event, with the reward of a full main tour card in the dreams of many. Therefore, as a player, you would expect the best of treatment from the organizers.

Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols revealed on Twitter on Wednesday that they may not be the case!

Beth Ann let her followers know that at Mission Hills this week the temperature is well over 100 degrees, and whilst the players can use carts to get around, there is very little water available on the course.

Originally saying there was ‘no water…no snacks’, she agreed with one respondent that there was some water on the opening holes of each half at both of the Mission Hills courses, although commented:

“If I’m paying $2,500 for a tournament, I don’t think it’s too much to ask for water on the course in coolers like a standard event. Especially when it’s outrageously hot.”

Tweeters were very much in support of the exasperated Nichols, an outspoken and fervent supporter of the women’s game, with one pointing out the affluent area in which the event is set: “Wow that is kind of sad that those that run the event and collect all the entry fee $$ can’t provide drinks. Especially in Rancho Mirage.”

One thought was that Mission Hills may have been responding to the way it lost the Chevron Championship after a 51-year run, backed-up by another stating, “Why doesn’t the LPGA get it? Mission Hills doesn’t want you there!”

The LPGA amended its rules after many years of allowing amateur players to play all stages of Q-school, this year insisting that those that advance to the final, grueling, eight-round stage turn professional.

They will clearly need stamina from the very get-go and Beth’s followers were quick to back her up.

Of course, the weather is as hard to read as the outcome of any golf tournament and, yes; the courses have held the event for many years beforehand, but it is hard to believe that the organizers could not have made conditions at least a tad more comfortable.

Thankfully, on day two things were put right.

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  1. Carolyn

    Sep 8, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Have known several home owners in the Mission Hills area and your spot on when you say many of them do not want the LPGA using their courses…they have absolutely hated having the public on their grounds during the LPGA event held their for years. On the other hand the cost of keeping up the courses has sky rocketed in the last 3 years and weather has really been ruff to deal with….would like to see how much money was paid to use the courses for this event…with players paying $2,500 to play (you do know more then 70% of players on EPSON tour do not make $2,500 a month even if they make 3 cuts…

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  14. Logan White

    Aug 24, 2022 at 11:09 am

    There is only so much water you can carry in your bag. I played a very nice course in WI in oppressive heat and humidity in June. Every other hole had packed coolers of 10oz bottled water (ice cold) on the tee box. It was a life saver. It seems to me the LPGA or who ever is in charge could insure the players are taken care of. It’s a big deal IMO.

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  19. Samantha Goober

    Aug 23, 2022 at 12:31 am

    I played in it and being over 110 everyday , they could splurge for water and bananas or something. It is true for 2500$ they basically put up a few signs and you never see the organizers. They should be grateful people are willing to pay to try for their goals.

    The course conditions are another matter. Dirt patches in fairways not marked ground under repair and was told there are too many to mark so it is the same as a divot. These patches are yards wide.

  20. Jorge

    Aug 22, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Yup, complain about those who complain…..

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  23. menstrual cramps

    Aug 21, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    My cooter hurts just thinking about it.

  24. t100c1970

    Aug 21, 2022 at 11:35 am

    Most courses have had no water since the start of the Wuhan flu. I’m sure the competitors are experienced enough to figure out how to BYOW even if Beth Ann is not.

  25. Common sense.

    Aug 20, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Men would have automatically just brought their own water. Come on. Played on numerous USga qualifiers. Never considered that I’d be fed and watered. Always brought my own.

  26. Tom K.

    Aug 20, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    But they are okay with a man posing as woman playing in the LPGA Q-School

    • t100c1970

      Aug 21, 2022 at 11:46 am

      “Harley” Davidson is not much of a player and will very likely be unsuccessful. It would be more interesting if Lexi’s brothers, Curtis and Nicholas showed up next year. Or maybe even “Tigress” Woods. LPGA just MIGHT restore sanity if PGA Tour players in their 40’s who are having trouble keeping their tour cards started trying to qualify for the LPGA tour.

  27. Bob

    Aug 20, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Is it so hard to stop at Costco and grab a rack of Arrowhead for $20? Lord help these entitled souls who can’t think and cope.

  28. Brian

    Aug 20, 2022 at 7:52 am

    So they were allowed to use carts and they still couldn’t figure out they could keep a water bottle in the cup holders?

    • MICHAEL

      Aug 20, 2022 at 8:27 am

      Would have been nice to know the no-water stuff beforehand so you can prepare. Nearly all courses here won’t let you bring your own cooler. Sounds like a pretty crappy run event.

  29. Brian

    Aug 20, 2022 at 7:51 am

    WTF is actually offensive?

    • DEH

      Aug 21, 2022 at 11:21 am

      The offensive piece of this is that in the year 2022 women at the LPGA Q-school aren’t supplied water after paying a $2500 entrance fee for their participation in a potentially career changing even though it’s taking place during the summer, IN A DESERT. We all know good and well if it were the PGA Tour there would unquestionably be water provided on each tee. I’m willing to bet that if that were your daughter, granddaughter, or niece, you would be perturbed about this.

  30. Daniel J Allen

    Aug 19, 2022 at 11:31 am

    Do we complain about every single thing in life now??

    • Just Normal

      Aug 19, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      You can just move along and not engage with the content

    • Dave

      Aug 19, 2022 at 5:29 pm

      Apparently you do complain about everything.

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‘Certain guys I can’t stand being here’ – Shane Lowry blasts ‘disruptive’ LIV pros at Wentworth

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The friction continues to mount in the lead up to the BMW PGA Championship this week at Wentworth Club.

On Wednesday, Shane Lowry become the next golfer in an ever-growing list of PGA TOUR players to criticize the LIV golfers who are playing in the DP World Tour’s most important event.

Among other reasons, the Irishman said that he feels that the LIV players are taking the spotlight away from the event and what’s really important at Wentworth.

“I don’t like it that they are here. I think to be honest, the one thing that has really annoyed me over the last few months is how disruptive they are all trying to be. Obviously, they are here for world ranking points somewhat, but they are here to be disruptive, and I don’t like it. To be honest, if I put myself in those guys’ shoes, would I be here this week? No, it’s too uncomfortable for me. It is what it is. Like I said it’s the BMW PGA Championship, the biggest event in Europe and we would be talking about that, and we are not. It’s disappointing.”

Similar to what both Jon Rahm and Billy Horschel have said this week, Lowry did acknowledge that there are a few LIV golfers who have the right to playing this week. He also made it clear that there were others who he believes shouldn’t be there.

“There’s some of the guys I kind of don’t mind them being here given what they have done for the Tour over the years,” said Lowry. “There are certain guys I just can’t stand them being here to be honest.

While there are plenty of players Lowry will attempt to avoid, he is known as an affable person who doesn’t like to be confrontational.

“Anybody that knows me, I don’t like confrontation or any of that stuff. I’ll say hello and do my thing. That’s the way I’ll be. Obviously, the lads, I’ve known them for years and some of them became quite good friends over the last few years. But obviously I haven’t seen them in a long time now, don’t hang out with them anymore. Probably won’t be going out for dinner because we haven’t seen each other. But yeah, there are certain lads that I shake hands with and certain hands I wouldn’t.”

The LIV Golf story isn’t going away anytime soon, especially with the Ryder Cup set to begin next year. As of now, it seems as if the LIV players won’t be eligible to participate, but Lowry believes they wouldn’t be a good fit for the team even if they could play.

“I can’t see how they are going to make the team, they are going to need a pick,” the former Open Champion said. “I think without those guys, we still have a good team. With all due respect to a lot of those guys over at LIV, I think they know themselves and that’s why they went to LIV, their Ryder Cup days are probably over. Obviously, they are lined up as next captains but there’s not too many of them that would have too many Ryder Cups.”

With Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick and Shane Lowry having all made strong statements in opposition to the LIV players this week, we could be in store for some real drama over the weekend if the leaderboard cooperates.

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‘Our dad deserves better’ – Son of Seve Ballesteros hits out at DP World Tour’s ‘new’ matchplay event

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Tiger Woods called him, “one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game,” and the entire golfing world stood still in honor when, in 2011, at 54, Seve Ballesteros died of a brain tumor.

Winner of five majors, Seve was known for his flamboyant genius, able to rescue shots from anywhere, including up trees, in the heaviest of fescue and even more ludicrous situations – for him, the maxim ‘play it where it lies’ was the way he played the game throughout his career.

Following his death, the 2012 European Ryder Cup side wore ‘Seve blue’ on the last day, whilst the Vivendi Trophy, a match between Great Britain & Ireland versus Continental Europe, was renamed The Seve Trophy for the 2011 and 2013 runnings, before being cancelled.

This week, however, the DP Tour announced a new match play event between the same two sides with many believing this might rekindle the tribute to one of the greatest players in European Tour history. Instead, the proposal is to name the event The Hero Trophy.

Seve’s son, Javier, took to social media to announce the family’s disappointment.

As Javier infers, the event is almost a carbon copy of that in honor of his father rather than a “new” event, and it would not have been difficult to do as one respondent suggested:

“The Seve Trophy sponsored by Hero gets 100 x the prestige and attention than the Hero Cup does. @DPWorldTour need to apologise and sort it out, Seve was the greatest hero that European golf has ever seen.”

In the week of the BMW PGA Championship, the DP World Tour’s flagship event, things are certainly not going as desired.

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Billy Horschel and Ian Poulter involved in apparent heated exchange on putting green at Wentworth

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If ever a clip was going to sum up this year’s BMW PGA Championship, then surely National Club Golfer’s George Cooper wins the gold medal.

Having already caused some contention between “legitimate” DP World Tour players and the 17 LIV golfers taking part this week, defending champion Billy Horschel came alongside Ian Poulter on the practice putting green today, and nobody knows quite what they said.

Lipreaders might have a field day, but the rest of us can only guess at what the exchange was about, with confirmed LIV player Poulter, making several hand gestures that suggest he was asking Billy Ho to calm it down a tad.

Of course, Twitter would not let this one go, and replies were mixed between downright insulting and hilarious.

Horschel had his supporters: “In BHo’s defence, his beef was with players who said they wanted to play less, and have never played DP before. He specifically said he had no beef with Poults and Westy who didn’t say that,” whilst a couple of others referred to Horschel’s apparent love of East London soccer side, West Ham United and their capital city rivals in a match they called, “West Ham vs. Arsenal,” touching on Poults being a huge fan of the Gunners.

NCG’s Hannah Holden was among many that tweeted a reference to a boxing match and may have referred to Talor Gooch’s reply to Horschel’s initial accusation when tweeting his “comments:”

“I’ve never been to a boxing match, but I can’t believe there’s a whole lot of difference,” whilst anyone in doubt as to the atmosphere may heed the tweet:

“Love the 3rd dude in the video who came up to say ‘Hey’ and then realized this wasn’t his moment to chop it up with boys. Pulled the Homer Simpson.”

The DP World Tour flagship event is being overshadowed by some absolute nonsense so far this week, and perhaps organizers should have played this a lot different, but as suggested by many, we seem sure to be in for a contentious week at Wentworth.

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