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The IX: Golf Thursday with Addie Parker, Sept. 22, 2022
Happy Golf Thursday y’all! All week long my social media timelines have been filled with Presidents Cup content and I’ll be honest, it’s only making me more excited for the 2023 Solheim Cup.
And it looks like I’m not the only one who’s excited, the official countdown has begun!
I hate wishing away time, therefore, let’s soak in the present moment of how the Presidents Cup can positively impact women’s golf.
I think it’s a bit obvious how golf publications are trying to pump the juice with this year’s Cup. It’s harsh to say that it’s inferior to the Ryder Cup, but it just doesn’t seem to garner the same level of attention or excitement. But also, the Presidents Cup is a PGA Tour sanctioned event, meaning all those players who defected from the Tour to go to LIV are ineligible to play, so the press build up seems more intentional (and dare I say petty…and I’m not mad about…like at all).
So the ban of LIV players impacts the International team (losing players like Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann) more so than the American team. The average world ranking for Team USA’s 12-player roster is 11.8, where as the International team average sits at 48.8.
Out of the 13 times the Presidents Cup has been played, Team USA has won 11 times. The cup has been around for almost 30 years…it’s time to shake things up.
“So why the Presidents Cup specifically? Well, for the event to be more competitive, the teams need to be more balanced. For the teams to be more balanced, you need more talent on the International side. And you don’t have to look any further than the LPGA for international talent, with 29 of the top 50 players on the Rolex Women’s Rankings being natives of countries outside the U.S. and Europe (and 62 of the top 100). By comparison, only 12 in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking hail from outside the U.S. and Europe, and 31 of the top 100.”Keely Levins and Kent Paisley, contributors for Golf Digest, ‘Presidents Cup 2022: What if the matches added LPGA players?’
It’s a great idea, and we’ve discussed introducing more mixed events to the schedules before, and this would be in a big way.
Last year’s Solheim Cup broke attendance records, and based on the positive direction the tour has been heading in this year, I think we can assume the best.
It would be in the best interest for both the PGA and LPGA to work together, especially with the LIV Tour becoming more appealing to younger golfers. The tours need to incentivize the players in nuanced ways that go beyond payouts. Yes, pay these athletes what they are worth, but also provide spaces for them to be themselves, to have fun, and show that the golf world is connected not polarized.
We have lots of golf to tune into this weekend, I’ll be turning another year older on Sunday, and I can’t wait to kick up my feet and be surrounded by screens so I don’t miss the LPGA in action in Arkansas, the Presidents Cup, and of course NFL Redzone.
See y’all next week!
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