Now One of the Best Celebrity Golfers on the Planet, Retired American Icon Mardy Fish Defends Female Pros Against Common Misconception

Published 01/22/2023, 12:38 AM EST
United States Davis Cup team head coach Mardy Fish speaks during a presser on the eve of the beginning of David Cup finals at the Caja Magica facilities in Madrid, Spain, 17 November 2019. The 2019 Davis Cup finals will take place from 18 to 24 November 2019 in Madrid. Eve of the 2019 Davis Cup finals ACHTUNG: NUR REDAKTIONELLE NUTZUNG PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xFERNANDOxVILLARx GRAF570 20191117-637096073332262849

Mardy Fish has given a fitting reply to those who thought LPGA players were not good enough. According to Randall Mell, some courageous Twitter users have criticized LPGA professionals’ skills. They joked that male golfers with scratch handicaps could easily defeat LPGA pros. This debate started in 2020 and keeps popping up now and then. However, the American icon Fish has finally settled the dispute once and for all.

Recent times were tough for the LPGA players. First, they lost their icon, Kathy Whitworth; next, they had to fight for the locker rooms. The Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and authorities failed to install lockers for the female players. As a result, they had to suffer annoyance. However, after the hardships, getting the utmost support from a hardcourt specialist, Fish, would have been golden for them.

Without further ado, let’s find out the answer to the question of whether scratch handicaps could defeat LPGA pros or not.

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Mardy Fish comes forward for the LPGA pros

Beth Ann Nichols, the senior writer at Golfweek, posted a snippet of Fish’s comments. She tweeted, “Any single-digit handicapper has absolutely no chance against Brooke or any of these women out here.” – Mardy Fish, talking to @Paige_Mackenzie during the LPGA TOC. Fish leads the celebrity division.” Fish, once and for all answered the long-going debate. And he did not only support Brooke Henderson but the whole LPGA. However, it was not surprising as he is pretty impressed by the female players.

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On Saturday, he attended a press conference at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions. There he revealed that LPGA players’ consistency and drivers are impressive. All the golfers drive straight balls all the time, and Fish finds it amazing as he has never seen that before. “They’re really good with their irons, their wedges. They putt as good as anyone out there,” said the American icon.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Mardy Fish of the USA celebrates after winning his Gentlemen’s Singles second round match against James Ward of Great Britain on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2012 in London, England (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

However, when Henderson was being further discussed, he said there was just one hole when he was 75 yards past her. But he lost at the hole. He was impressed with how they maneuvered the ball and put it into the hole quicker than him.

Proving him right, LPGA players have been showcasing impressive skills. After they speculated Henderson to be the winner, Nelly Korda played amazingly in the tournament. With a second-round score of 69, Korda is four strokes down from leader Brooke Henderson after 36 holes.

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Do you agree with Mardy Fish? What are your thoughts on this?

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Saumya Yashawant

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A Commerce graduate who turned her passion into her profession, Saumya is a Golf writer at Essentially Sports. Having developed the love for the sport at a very young age, she watched Tiger Woods and caught inspiration from his legacy early on. Apart from Woods, she shares great admiration for her country's players like Vishwanathan Anand and Neeraj Chopra.

Edited By: Gideon Mathson

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