The LPGA tour is awesome. It’s great to watch. The women are amazing. They also have a far better fashion sense than nearly everyone on the PGA Tour. The LPGA and European Tour are having a dual tournament where the women and men alternate tee times on two courses. The prize payouts will be equal for men and women. This is huge for the LPGA. This is huge for the game of golf.
As amazing as the LPGA golfers are, their viewership isn’t what the major men’s tours are. The major tournaments on the LPGA Tour are stronger viewership wise, but their regular tournaments struggle. I’d much rather watch an LPGA tournament than a Champions Tour tournament. Get the hint Golf Channel? With the LPGA struggling to get viewership, especially outside the United States, this week is a big week for them. It’s also a week long overdue.Embed from Getty Images
The LPGA deserves to have more airtime than the Web.com tour, not equal to. Yes, the golfers on the Web.com tour are great golfers, but it’s also the minor league to the PGA Tour. The LPGA should not play second fiddle to it. The same goes for the Champions Tour. The LPGA should take precedent, exposure wise, over every tour other than the PGA Tour and the European Tour. Most amateur golfers should be watching the LPGA golfers when looking to improve their swings since most of the LPGA golfers swing faster than them, hit it longer, and have a short game they dream of.
The whole equal pay argument is put aside this week. The women and men will be paid the same amount. In this tournament they should be. This is equal work for equal pay on full display. I’m a poet and didn’t know it. The PGA Tour needs to pay attention to this week. If this tournament is a rounding success, I’m hoping it will be, the PGA Tour needs to look to do the same on tour in the very near future. Imagine attending one tournament where the first tee time is Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy followed by the second tee time of Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko, and Lexi Thompson. Followed by Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, and Bryson DeChambeau. And that threesome followed by Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutangugarn, andAmy Yang. That would be an amazing experience. Make it happen PGA Tour and LPGA Tour!