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Yani Tseng Is Dominating Women's Golf, But Has Anyone Noticed?
Published June 28, 2011
DOES SOME BLAME FALL ON LPGA? ESPN's Bomani Jones said the LPGA has "dropped the ball" when it comes to promoting Tseng. Jones: "I had never heard of her until 11:00 this morning. And you know what? It’s not my fault because I pay attention to this kind of stuff." Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said, “I really think what happened to women’s golf is Annika Sorenstam was so big and dominated, and then she left. Then all the stories were about Michelle Wie and playing against men, and that didn’t work out. The rest of women’s golf kind of got left behind.” Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan said when Pro Basketball HOFer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired, he "took the hook shot with him." Ryan: "I thought Annika Sorenstam took the LPGA with her" ("Around The Horn,” ESPN, 6/27). ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser said Tseng's win "came as a stunner to many people … who had never heard of her.” Kornheiser asked, “Is Tseng’s anonymity her fault or the LPGA’s fault?” ESPN’s Michael Wilbon said it is a "product of the situation they’re in,” with players like Sorenstam, Wie, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak and Lorena Ochoa either not playing well or out of the LPGA. Wilbon noted the LPGA plays just 13 events in the U.S., “so the anonymity here, I don’t think she’s anonymous in Asia.” Kornheiser said 22-year-old Rory McIlroy has won one major and “he’s celebrated all over the world." Kornheiser: "That’s the difference between men’s golf and women’s golf, in terms of being a draw. ... But this girl is chatty, she’s killing the ball, she’s very, very likable” (“PTI,” ESPN, 6/27).