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Nov 05 2005

Not My Usual Links

Lazy though she is, the spinster aunt can think of no duller afternoon than one spent watching a game of golf. Even so, this asinine flap about women entering the dudely British Open is seriously chapping the Twisty hide, and I can be silent no longer. That Fransh dipstick who, in order to infiltrate the women’s British Open, says he will "shave [his] legs and wear a kilt" –since a skirt and smooth gams are the essence of a female golfer–has been getting way too much ink. Fortunately, to counteract this silly moron, the Guardian’s Gavyn Davies contemplates the statistics and reveals that Annika Sorenstam could easily make 34 large per tournament on the US PGA tour, "which would put her a little above halfway on the men’s overall money list in America."

Ha.

6 comments

  1. TimT

    Judit Polgar recently became the first woman ever to compete in a World Championship chess match. She didn’t win. :(

  2. Anonymous

    Isn’t Polgar, like, fifteen years old? Or was that when she first started moving up in international competition?

    Golf is not a real sport, no matter who plays it. There is ultimately little advantage to men in the age of high tech gismoids to whack a ball with. Younger women are starting to overcome decades of restricted access based on prejudices, and the result is going to be similar to when black men started taking to the links in greater numbers.

    I’d love to see Sorenstrom and the girl who is too young for the LPGA (Wei? Wi?) start going for the big money and say good fuckyou bye to the ladies auxiliary approach. I think this is another area where the intragender differences are probably larger than the intergender differences – and the whining baby’s ass pricks who bank on maintaining that privelege know it and will fight it from excluding women from their clubs anon.

  3. ms kate

    Isn’t Polgar, like, fifteen years old? Or was that when she first started moving up in international competition?

    Golf is not a real sport, no matter who plays it. There is ultimately little advantage to men in the age of high tech gismoids to whack a ball with. Younger women are starting to overcome decades of restricted access based on prejudices, and the result is going to be similar to when black men started taking to the links in greater numbers.

    I’d love to see Sorenstrom and the girl who is too young for the LPGA (Wei? Wi?) start going for the big money and say good fuckyou bye to the ladies auxiliary approach. I think this is another area where the intragender differences are probably larger than the intergender differences – and the whining baby’s ass pricks who bank on maintaining that privelege know it and will fight it from excluding women from their clubs anon.

  4. Easily Annoyed

    Judit Polgar’s not quite thirty.

  5. tisha

    Hey I’m no fan of golf either but I must take exception to the claim that golf is not a “real” sport. I tried playing it once and by the 9th hole I thought I was going to have a heart attack, and the next day my upper body was so sore I thought I was gonna DIE (and I am a dancer, not out of shape at all!).

    So yes, it’s a sport. It’s just, well, BORING.

  6. Q Grrl

    I love golf although I haven’t actually ever played. I’m a billiards type of woman, but the experience extrapolates to golf.

    That said, Michelle Wie just turned 16 and also just announced her pro status. Her accomplishments to date rival and slightly surpass those of Tiger Woods when he was the same age. She actively challenges everyone’s notions about women-only and men-only competitions by playing often in men’s tournaments. In fact, she has almost as many men’s tournaments under her belt as women’s (amateur and pro). I think she represents the new face of golf and the new face of female athletes.

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