Sunday, February 16, 2003
Heard on TV: I don't watch the show enough to know what it's called, but local sports broadcaster George Michael has a weekly roundtable gabfest with Post columnist Michael Wilbon, other sports columnist Tony Kornheiser, and another guy whose name escapes me (then he has guests like Sonny Jurgenson, Riggins, etc.)
Caught a brief exchange last night about Annika Sorenstam. To my surprise, two of last night's panel appear to be against her appearance at the Colonial, and one of them is Wilbon. The Guy Whose Name I Forgot shook his head and wondered why she was doing it."I don't get it," he said. "If she doesn't make the cut, it's detrimental...if she does, she goes back to the LPGA?" [and therefore..what? he implied]
Wilbon agreed--"What's the point?" Kornheiser, pro-Sorenstam, said "Because you can." Wilbon then said said "some guy who's 238th on the [PGA money] list will sue" to play in the LPGA. Kornheiser started insisting you can't sue, though I'm not sure why that would be. Michael offered no opinion.
The issue of men playing on the LPGA once Suzy Whaley and before her Sorenstam cross the barrier is an interesting one. Nobody on the PGA is going to try playing on the LPGA. They'd be too embarrassed, partly for macho reasons. But that's not the interesting question. Instead, I see some guy from a second-tier men's tour--what are they calling the Nike/Buy.com/etc. tour this year--trying to play, and for two reasons. One, to be a pain. Two, to make money. Because I think it's entirely possible that a second-tier guy could make some money on an LPGA course. Do I think it makes sense? I have no idea. But there's a goofy screenplay in it.