‘Stifling the Women’s Game’: Embarrassing LPGA Revelation Hits the Roof as the Golf Community Explores the Way to Move Forward

Published 11/14/2022, 1:42 PM EST
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Women’s Practice – Kasumigaseki Country Club, Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021. Jessica Korda of the United States in action. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

The Ladies Professional Golf Association is not unknown to anyone involved in the world of golf. The American organization for female golfers has top names from the industry in its field. However, the question arises, is it actually achieving its full potential? If not, why?

The LPGA is the pinnacle of women’s golf, at the moment. However, is it at its potential peak? This was answered by Lisa Cornwell in a recent tweet.

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Is the LPGA Tour achieving the best of its potential?

It is a known fact that there exists a lot of disparity between the men’s and the women’s tours, especially when it comes to viewership. As the inadequate streaming of the events of the LPGA Tour continues, its potential for growth drops.

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This problem has been brought to light time and again by multiple players involved with the LPGA, including famous names like Jessica Korda. Michelle Wie was also not far behind in expressing her opinion on the matter. She said, “Money makes money. There has to be a significant investment from broadcast and networks to put in the same amount of network investment on the LPGA Tour.” 

The major problem is that of investment and the use of adequate technology when it comes to the broadcasting of women’s games. The disparity in pay is also not a hidden reality no one can deny.

Recently, Lisa Cornwell reacted to the same. Cornwell is a renowned journalist, sportscaster, former Golf Channel host, and currently the PGA tour’s streaming analyst. The talent house recently criticized the Ladies’ Professional Golf Association for its inability to achieve the growth it potentially could.

She blamed the current TV contract being the reason why LPGA’s growth is stifled. According to her, the LPGA needs a network partner that empathizes with the motto LPGA stands for and gives it the right spot in media.

She said, “The LPGA Tour will never grow the way it could (or should) with this current TV contract. It’s stifling the women’s game.”

It is high time we realize that it is so much harder for women in the world of sports to prove their worth. Proper institutional setup is the bare minimum that can be provided in order to make both the Tours stand on an equal pedestal.

How did fans react to this suggested LPGA Change?

Fans on Twitter were quick to react. The platform was filled with diverse views. These are some of them. While some were just curious, others gave useful suggestions.

Richest LPGA Golfers throughout history

LPGA Tour is undoubtedly the premier institution in the field of women’s golf. The tour’s story began in 1950 when 13 brave and bold women launched the LPGA with the dream of providing a platform for women to play professional golf.

Ever since it has had top players play in its events and is at the pinnacle of women’s golf worldwide. Therefore, it is safe to say that players involved in the said Tour’s events throughout history would have made a fortune, both literally and metaphorically.

NAPLES, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 20: Lexi Thompson looks on the 15th tee during the third round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf on November 20, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The career money earned by the top ten players throughout LPGA Tour’s history runs in tens of millions. The highest-earning golfer of all time is the famous Swedish professional golfer, Annika Sorenstam, having a career earning of $22,583,693. Sorenstam is followed by Karrie Webb with career money worth $20,293,617, and Cristie Kerr with $20,166,399, for the second and third-highest-earning members, respectively.

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The aforementioned players are followed by the following names in order of their ranking respectively: Inbee Park, Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Juli Inkster, and Lexi Thompson.

As expected, Lexi Thompson is one of the ten highest-earning players in women’s golf. Lexi has a career worth of $13,394,372. She is the tenth richest golfer in LPGA Tour History.

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What do you think about this LPGA update? Share your views in the comments section below.

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Daiemah Malik

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Daiemah is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having been writing since the age of 12, she has had a keen interest in Golf. Daiemah admires Nelly Korda and Tiger Woods, and would love to see more women excel in the sport.

Edited By: Jito Tenson

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