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Wie Could Build On Solheim Success To Become LPGA Superstar
Published August 25, 2009
|Writer Says Wie Could Be LPGA's
Cross-Cultural American Superstar
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON: The AP's Nancy Armour wrote the Solheim Cup was the "perfect advertisement for women's golf," and the next question is, "could it also be the remedy for the LPGA Tour, which has seemed more like a bad soap opera in recent months?" Golfer Juli Inkster: "We've got some great golf. If people would write about the golf and not about all the other stuff, we would be great." Armour noted it will be "another two years before the LPGA will have this kind of lovefest again," and the challenge for the golfers will be to "maintain the enthusiasm of the Solheim Cup when they're opponents instead of teammates" (AP, 8/24). GolfChannel.com Editor Jay Coffin, on whether the LPGA can capitalize on the Solheim Cup momentum, "You hope so, but this is the fifth one of these that I've been to and we've talked about this five times and it's never seemed to happen." Coffin: "But if you're the LPGA and there's ever a year that they need to build on the success of the Solheim Cup, this is the year. They need that to happen" ("Golf Central," Golf Channel, 8/24). In Nashville, Joe Biddle writes under the header, "LPGA Could Learn Lesson From Solheim Cup." The tour is "at a crossroads" following the resignation of Commissioner Carolyn Bivens, as tournament sponsors are "dropping," and tournaments are "canceling because of lack of sponsors." The Solheim Cup was "everything the LPGA is not." The LPGA is "rudderless," and it "better identify a commissioner who can find ways to take advantage of the emotions the Solheim Cup brought to the surface." Biddle: "The product is there. Without a dominant American golfer, it's a hard sell" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/25).