Want to watch live golf? Start with the LPGA galleries over the PGA Tour
I’ve never been to a pro golf tournament I wasn’t assigned to cover. The reason is simple: if my Saturday activity is going to certainly result in a nasty farmer’s tan, I’m golfing myself.
Maybe afterwards I’ll catch the back nine action on TV with some hot wings and Dr. Pepper.
But thousands of people pay money to see pro events so I guess there must be some appeal to watching it live. I’ll admit I’d probably go to an event for leisure once in awhile too (although I don’t know if I could leave my cell phone in the car for an entire afternoon…).
But if you’ve never gone and are thinking about it, I’d go to an LPGA event ten times over a PGA Tour stop.
At a women’s tournament, you can meander through galleries and the course with relative ease.
At a men’s event, you’re usually trapped in a heard of sweaty, grumpy flesh, jostling for rope position and hardly ever catching more than a glimpse. You can arrive bright and early and get a seat in the grandstands or front row at a green and wait seven hours until the leaders come along. But how long before watching the exact same approach and putts get boring?
TV covers the men far better than you would ever be able to live.
But at a women’s event, you can follow the biggest group, whether it’s Annika, Lorena, Michelle or Natalie with little hassle.
There are also more children and women at women’s events, so you have better chances of being able to see over their heads in the front row.
Oh yeah, and might I say watching Natalie Gulbis in the flesh doesn’t get old - especially when she’s out-driving and out-scoring Michelle Wie. She’s got a complete game - don’t let the calendars and the giggles fool you.
Women also let their guard down with galleries a little more than the guys too. There is more intimacy and smiles. PGA players mostly act like tough football players but without the grunts and interception dances - (wasn’t anyone watching Chi-Chi?)
There are two exceptions to my Chicks over Dudes preference: If you go for a men’s practice round, you can navigate the action much easier. Also, any golf fan needs to see Tiger Woods live at least once.
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That said, LPGA golfers are a LOT of fun to see live! Not just the hotties like Natalie or Brittany...they play (about) the same distances as most of us non-pro men do, and usually rip the stuffing out of a course! That's always fun to see!