This Week at WorldGolf.com: April 5, 2006
Even with Michelle Wie, most sports
fans don't care about women's golf
The LPGA truly had a major for the ages with everything that went down in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Unfortunately for the tour, only a few people in each age bracket seem to have even noticed.
Can you imagine if this week's Masters plays out with the kind of drama seen from the ladies in Rancho Mirage? It'd be getting talked about with the '86 Masters, dominating conversation from office water coolers to executive bathrooms.
Can you believe that chip-in eagle on the island green!
When the LPGA goes magic in a major, it's still but a footnote though. Even in this supposed golden age of Michelle Wie.
Be honest. Do you know anyone who's not a golf nut who talked Kraft Nabisco Championship? Asking around on a few of the Houston area's best courses, you could not find a golfer who even knew an LPGA major had been played. "Karrie Webb who?" several dedicated duffers asked at inquiry.
No one recognizes the power of Wie's marketing machine more than I do. It can spawn a passion that propels Rush Limbaugh into a controversy that brings back Donovan McNabb visions, give a golf writer his own vagina monologues.
But how much is it really changing the landscape of sports? Truth is a majority of people still don't care about women's golf.
ESPN gave more coverage to women's college basketball over the weekend - a largely graceless, unwatchable game - than it did the LPGA's first "major." Karrie Webb hit a shot every bit the equal of Tiger's Swoosh ball lip-of-the-cup hesitation chip at the Masters. And Webb has the comeback story to boot. She never quite dropped as far off the map as David Duval, but it was close.
Now she's roaring back from seven shots down in the final round to win a major?
Cue CBS' cheesy NCAA Tournament music. Now this is One Shining Moment.
Oh, that's right it's women's golf. No one cares.
No matter what you think of Michelle Wie's PR campaign over game, if you like the sport, this should upset you. There is one women's major that holds any mainstream cache whatsoever: The U.S. Women's Open (as much as pains to feed the ego of the blue blazer committee). The other three (or four or five - does anyone even know how many women's majors there are?) might as well be WNBA games.
Who names their major after breakfast cereal and snacks? The Raisin Bran Cool Ranch Doritos Masters?
The LPGA is still a desperate league for all of new wonder marketing commissioner Carolyn Bivens' Oprah branding talk. A women's golf major is taking place?
Wonder if they're going to show that or the rodeo.
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