I know she can speak English. Just shut up and look.
Emmanuel Steward, Mike Tyson and Edgerrin James better watch out as well. They’d all be screwed if they were women on the LPGA tour and the LPGA is serious about a language requirement. Starting in 2009, players will be required to pass an English language oral assessment if they’ve been on the tour for two years. If they fail, they’ll be suspended.
A group of Korean players was informed of the new rules at a meeting during the Safeway Classic. Out of 121 players, 45 are Korean.
Hilary Lunke, president of the Player Executive Committee, said much of this initiative stems from the importance of being able to entertain pro-am partners. Players already are fined if the LPGA receives complaints from their pro-am partners.
The tour says it will offer tutoring and other support services. Korean players interviewed by Foxsports.com agreed that it was important for international players to be able to speak English and didn’t seem bothered by the threat of suspension. At first glance, the rule does seem to be a bit harsh even though players get two years from qualification to reach a level of “conversation, survival and ‘golfspeak’”. However the players don’t have a problem with the rule and it serves as encouragement for the players to learn Engrish. Who am I to argue, super awesome cool boss man? Dae Han Min Gook!!
Fresh off her disqualification for forgetting to sign her scorecard and seemingly inches away from her first LPGA win, Michelle Wie is dipping into the PGA Tour pool again. She’s going to play in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open next week after receiving a sponsor’s exemption.
“It’s not every day that a woman is given the opportunity to play on the greatest tour in the world,” Wie said in a statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to learn from these great players and take those lessons into the future to becoming the best player I can be on any tour. This is another step in the process of making me a better player.”
Anyone can teach her how to sign a scorecard at the end of a round. Far be it from us to tell golfers what tournaments they should play but it seems like winning an actual event would be a better use of her time. She has yet to make a cut in a men’s tournament and that can’t be doing much for her confidence. She probably has to finish in the top three in her last LPGA tournament to receive a card for 2009 otherwise it’s back to qualifying. She’s not down with Q-School but her daddy is and what daddy wants…
Poker players are bored, it seems, so combining the betting of poker with the skill of golf is the World Series of Golf that is set to arrive in May. You can even sign up for it right now. Its only accepting amateur golfers and you actually wager every hole you play on for who can get the best score.
Players ante on each tee. The ante is followed by a pass, bet or fold on each golf shot, combining the skill of golf with the finesse of betting. When a player is out of money, they are out of the hole and out of the tournament. The players do not play against the field; they play against those in their group.
The objective is to win all the money from the other players in the group. Whoever does that, wins the match and advances to the next round. Players are paid after advancing through the first round.
The challenge of this type of competition is to win all the other players’ money in each group in each match. This is not about shooting the lowest score, it’s not a stroke play format. The World Series of Golf® tournament allows players to compete in successive elimination matches and use the pressure of betting and the skills of golf.
The event itself will take place May 12 – May 15th and requires a $1,000 registration deposit to play so the prize pool (aka all the money people use to enter the tournament) should be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Last year’s event had a top prize of $250,000.
So far, this gambling event has attracted the likes of poker pros Phil Ivey, Phil Gordon, Steve Dannenmann, Rhett Butler as well as former Bond girl Tanya Roberts and former Miss Nevada Michelle Yegge. Superstars in their own minds for sure.
I’ve always thought that golf should be more exciting and nothing quite matches the excitement of gambling so the combination of the two thoroughly intrigues me. If this event ever gets televised somewhere they might be on to something. Most people play golf and gamble anyway, ask Michael Jordan, this is just a more formalized event for it all and if I was any good at golf, I would think about signing up myself. Too bad I suck harder than a Dyson vacuum cleaner at it.
Dolores Labs Blog has taken an interesting look at the Sports Illustrated covers for the past 50 some years and found that the covers are trending more towards football player covers and black athletes covers.
Leaving the race on covers issue aside for now, I find it most interesting that basketball overtook football in the spotlight for over a decade and baseball has actually remained pretty constant despite all of its troubles…maybe that makes for good press. The race issue is certainly more of a factor of the rising amounts of black athletes in “major” sports compared to the declining amounts of white athletes in the same sports. The sports covered however is an interesting indication of the increasing and decreasing popularity of the sports as a whole.
In the grand scheme of things, this doesn’t mean all that much, but it is always neat to look at the trends in the coverage of sports from the publishing world.