If Only Annika Had This Much Spin on Ball
The best female golfer on the planet enters a men’s tournament, and even selects a golf course best suited to her game, and then unceremoniously fails to make the cut.
Yet how does the L.A. Times spin this? “A win.” “Crossing a line.” “Will influence society.”
This is fundamentally dishonest journalism, on a par with Jayson Blair. It’s simply another example (not that we need another) of why people don’t trust the media.
Whether it is Annika Sorenstam failing to make the cut at the PGA’s Colonial or Billie Jean King beating Bobby Riggs, the result is the same: Sadly, female athletes continue to let men define their success.
Ruben A. Vassolo
Although Annika missed the cut, she made herstory nevertheless. One small stroke for woman, one giant drive for the sports world.
Mark J. Featherstone
I was not, and am not, a fan of the Annika Sorenstam experiment. I did become a huge Annika fan as I admired the class, humility and dignity in which she handled this event.
Quoting Annika after missing the 36-hole cut -- “I’ve got to get back to my tour where I belong, this is way over my head.”
This quote puts an end to this societal experiment gone terribly wrong.
Jorge A. Badel
Tom Bonk, I noticed that you mentioned the “chauvinistic world of men’s golf.” Is this the same chauvinistic world that allowed a woman to play without qualifying, without going through the grueling Q-school? You appear to place the blame for Annika’s missing the cut squarely on the loss of feeling in her hands due to nervousness.
Hmm, does this mean I get to retake the SAT’s because I had an upset stomach? Can I retake the bar exam because my left pinkie hurt? How about the writers who didn’t get your job before you -- can they reapply?
It’s a simple publicity stunt, and you confused it with a sporting event.
It should be obvious to anyone that Annika could easily increase her 247.5-yard average driving distance by using a driver designed like her seven-wood that she used to hit the green on the 246-yard fourth hole at Colonial.