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April 04, 2014

LPGA players frustrated by Golf Digest cover of Gretzky: With a provocative pose, Paulina Gretzky will be the cover girl in the upcoming issue of Golf Digest.

That doesn't sit well with some LPGA tour stars

posted by BornIcon to golf at 10:40 AM - 9 comments

On the one hand, it is a little bit depressing to see the daughter of arguably the greatest hockey player ever being rewarded for her recent Paris Hilton-look at my sexy body on twitter-I have no talent but I'm famous activities. She is just another pretty face with a famous name, and I can understand completely the frustration of all of the woman of the LPGA who worked hard and get where they are. The last female pro was on the cover of the world's leading golf magazine 6 years ago?! But throw a sexy blond in yoga pants on the cover because she has a famous name? Sure.

On the other hand, Angela Stanford probably has the wisest perspective...

"The question is who are they trying to sell to?" Stanford said. "If the answer is men 25 years old through 45 years old, then I guess that's what they have to do. You know the old saying, sex sells. And nobody can argue with that. It's just the way it is.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:17 AM on April 04

This is the path I was hoping things wouldn't take when Gretzky left Alberta for Janet. I so admired that a team as good as the Oilers had been assembled in a a place as removed from sprawl and tinsel as Edmonton.

Gretzky acquitted himself well enough on the ice in LA, but the rest of it is just a barefoot stroll through a shiny shallow puddle.

With the daughter, the only thing they got wrong was not naming her Destiny.

Putting her on the cover of Golf Digest is like making Justin Timberlake the spokesperson for the Toys for Tots campaign.

posted by beaverboard at 11:56 AM on April 04

"The question is who are they trying to sell to?" Stanford said. "If the answer is men 25 years old through 45 years old, then I guess that's what they have to do. You know the old saying, sex sells. And nobody can argue with that. It's just the way it is."

They're not even selling sex, they're selling controversy. This cover doesn't get any 25-to-45-year-old men buying Golf Digest who weren't already buying it, but the fallout over the cover reminds people that the magazine exists.

posted by Etrigan at 01:25 PM on April 04

The fact that Golf Digest hasn't even tried to put Natalie Gulbis on the cover is pretty much proof to me that

You know the old saying, sex sells. And nobody can argue with that. It's just the way it is.

needs to be modified to

You know the old saying, famous/well known/popular sex sells. And nobody can argue with that. It's just the way it is.

posted by grum@work at 01:29 PM on April 04

This is the path I was hoping things wouldn't take when Gretzky left Alberta for Janet.

I'm not defending anyone here, but 25 years is an awfully long path.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:29 PM on April 04

The fact that Golf Digest hasn't even tried to put Natalie Gulbis on the cover is pretty much proof to me

Gulbis immediately came to mind for me, as well. Particularly as Stanford also said

But the LPGA has some attractive women and very fit women, so why not use them? I'm just baffled by it.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:02 PM on April 04

Side note: Huh. That picture of Gulbis I liked to isn't actually of her in a bikini. It's her in a painted on bikini. So, if the powers-that-be for SpoFi want to tag that link as "NSFW", or drop it completely, I'll understand.

posted by grum@work at 03:09 PM on April 04

Though if you're a male golfer, you don't have to look hot to be on the cover. Just successful.

posted by Joey Michaels at 03:55 PM on April 04

"Though if you're a male golfer, you don't have to look hot to be on the cover. Just successful."

His name's Randy. It's still sex being used to sell the magazine.

posted by JJ at 08:51 AM on April 07

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