The U.S. Women’s Open concluded yesterday at Southampton, NY. South Koreans finished 1-2-3. Kim Jong-il would be very proud. The late dictator shot 38-under with 11 holes-in-one during his first-ever round of golf.
Uh, wait – wrong Korea.
Jong-il might be proud of U.S. golfer Jessica Korda, however. Korda, 20, pulled a loony-tunes move during Saturday’s third round, firing her caddie between the ninth and tenth holes and putting her boyfriend on the bag.
That’s right, her boyfriend. What a brat move.
Korda’s boyfriend is a marginal pro golfer, but that’s not the point. If Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or any male golfer of some repute had pulled that stunt and hired his girlfriend as impromptu looper, the media would excoriate. The PGA would act. It makes women’s golf look dumb.
But because it is women’s golf, the media will mostly give a nod and a wink: Hey, these girls can be ditzy sometimes. Don’t take it seriously. We’re not.
It’s lack of respect via omission of criticism.
The LPGA should be livid. Inbee Park won the Open, making her the first to win the first three women’s majors of the year since 1950.
Instead, people are talking about Korda. The woman who finished tied for seventh. That’s disgraceful.