Monday, December 19

LPGA Commish Politely Scolds Golf Magazine

Mike Whan
LPGA COMMISSIONER MIKE WHAN LET GOLF MAGAZINE know what he thought of the publication’s decision to name Rory McIlroy 2011 Player of the Year and put the young Northern Irishman on the cover. The magazine recently published the commissioner’s missive as the lead-off letter in its January 2012 issue.

“I am surprised and disappointed that the editors of Golf Magazine overlooked the 11 worldwide victories and two major championships that Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng has compiled as of November 1 when choosing Golf Magazine’s Player of the Year.”

(As of November 1, Rory McIlroy had one win during the 2011 season, the U.S. Open. Rory has since won the Hong Kong Open.)

Whan continued.

“This season, she [Tseng] became the youngest player in history—male or female—to win five major championships at the age of 22.

“It’s unfortunate I have to write this letter,” the LPGA commissioner said a few lines later, adding, “total wins, total majors, records that transcend sport, and leadership in nearly every statistical category should have been more than enough for Golf Magazine to reach a very obvious conclusion.”

Maybe the editors of Golf Magazine were swayed by their poll on Facebook. On October 25, the magazine asked: “Who should be Golf Magazine’s Player of the Year in 2011?”

Here’s the vote count:

Yani Tseng - 5,300 votes (96%)
Luke Donald - 159 votes (3%)
Rory McIlroy - 56 votes (1%)
Keegan Bradley - 28 votes (--)

Gee, that couldn’t have gone into their thinking. Poor Rory only received 1% of the vote. It must have been something else.

“No question Donald and Tseng had more impressive bottom lines in ‘11,” said senior editor Alan Bastable in an early November chat session about the POY choice, “but neither player generated the rock-star hysteria Rory whipped up this season.”

Ah, rock-star hysteria. Mr. Whan?

“There is absolutely no doubt … that his [McIlroy’s] win at the U.S. Open created positive waves throughout the game. You have to ask yourself one question, though. If Yani’s 2011 season had been achieved by a man, would you have come to the same conclusion on the 2011 Golf Magazine Player of the Year? I think we all know the answer.”

Hmmm.

−The Armchair Golfer

(Visor tip: Waggle Room)

1 comment :

Brian Kuehn said...

Goll darn it! I am going to cancel my subscription to "Golf Magazine"!!!! Wait ... I don't have a subscription to "Golf Magazine."

Never mind.