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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Friday, September 20, 2002
9:35 AM

Tony Kornheiser not only thinks that golfer Suzy Whaley should be allowed to compete in a men's PGA event--he wants her to retain the advantage of playing from shorter tees.

When Whaley qualified for the GHO by winning a sectional tournament (shooting 5-under 211 in three rounds against male pros), she was allowed to play from tees that were 10 percent closer to the holes than the tees the men played. Tournament officials gave her this allowance knowing that the winner would qualify for the GHO. That's how Whaley qualified, and that's how she should be allowed to play in the GHO. Don't change the rules on her in the middle of the game.

I don't think that would happen, partly because I doubt Whaley herself would stand for it.

But getting to this point at all is ridiculous. Men aren't allowed to compete on the LPGA tour, nor should they be, and Whaley herself said she's concerned about taking food out of the mouth of whatever male player she displaces. As for Kornheiser, he's basically looking at the whole episode as a novelty act--and for him that's a good thing:

There are two PGA tours now -- the one Tiger is on, and the other one. And the other one is withering. Corporate sponsorship is drying up. Tournaments without Tiger are actually endangered species. There is a very technical scientific term for what a woman playing in a PGA tournament would do. The term is: cha-ching!

Ultimately, this is about entertainment. ...


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