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October 27, 2005

Jean Van De Velde goes for Ladies British Open.: Honestly, with girls crossing over to the men's tour, is there a viable argument to prevent men from doing the same thing? Sexism goes both ways on this one, I would think, and a gender only policy in the Ladies Golf Union is just as exclusionary as one in the Men's tour.

posted by dfleming to golf at 06:39 PM - 17 comments

We all knew it was coming at some point. Just a matter of who would be the first. But then again, he could just be trying to get laid.

posted by dbt302 at 07:35 PM on October 27

They've got nothing to worry about, as long as they have a creek or two on the back nine.

posted by wfrazerjr at 07:50 PM on October 27

This is where the feminist "equality" speech back fires on them..... Same as with the kid in highschool that wants to join the girls field hockey team cause they don't offer the program for boys and he wants to play the sport..... Link to that story!!!!

posted by zippinglou at 09:38 PM on October 27

What an ass. The reason that the PGA and other tours get the lion's share of money and attention are because they take the best players in the world, not because they take the best male players. Van de Velde benefits from that stature. If Michelle Wie or another woman is good enough to qualify for the British Open, does he really want her to be excluded so that a lesser male gets that spot? A woman's league, like a senior's league or an amateur's league, is exclusive to a particular group because the league would be impossible otherwise. You couldn't have a Champions Tour for seniors without a minimum age rule. Would people who are supporting Van de Velde's action be backing him if he was trying out for a senior tour? The age requirement is no less discriminatory than the gender requirement in the LPGA.

posted by rcade at 09:54 PM on October 27

I once got schooled in basketball by a college girl and I am DAMNED glad it wasn't on television. p.s. I didn't get laid either

posted by texoma-slim at 10:07 PM on October 27

Right on rcade. If Van de Velde thinks that this is 'reverse discrimination,' let's give him his men's-only tour, we'll call it the MPGA. He and all the other jerks who feel threatened by female players can play on it, while the world's best golfers enjoy their very-slightly-mixed-gender PGA tour. We'll see if he's happy then.

posted by Amateur at 10:07 PM on October 27

"But then again, he could just be trying to get laid." On the LPGA?? He's barking up the wrong tree I fear.

posted by JMoney at 10:27 PM on October 27

As stupid as it seems, he has just as much right to the LPGA as do the ladies to the PGA. I don't care how silly it seems enough is enough. All throughout highschool we had girls trying out for football and all the guys sports, but the secound a guy goes out for a girls sport because it's not offered to guys he gets some kind of lable or parents start some kind of patition, because guys are stronger then girls and the guy might hurt their daughter, but those same parents think it's ok to have the girl play football. Bottom line if we are going to allow or disallow this why lable the sport mens or womens, if that stops then none of this would go on.

posted by irefuse2go at 03:19 AM on October 28

All throughout highschool we had girls trying out for football and all the guys sports, but the secound a guy goes out for a girls sport because it's not offered Doesn't apply here. Bottom line if we are going to allow or disallow this why lable the sport mens or womens, if that stops then none of this would go on. PGA = Professional Golf Association (no 'men' label) LPGA = Ladies Professional Golf Association So again, doesn't apply.

posted by justgary at 03:42 AM on October 28

Well, he has got a girl's name.

posted by owlhouse at 05:21 AM on October 28

Will he have to sport a "man-gina" in the locker room?

posted by volfire at 08:11 AM on October 28

Yep - the Senior League arguement is most applicable. This is not the same as women qualifying for PGA events. It's true, without restrictions the LPGA could not exist (Guys on the Nike Tour would flood into it).

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:18 AM on October 28

They ought to just let him play. Once he gets his ass beat by half the field, I bet he will be sorry he ever opened his man-whore pie-hole. Thats right, I said MAN-WHORE PIE-HOLE!!!

posted by Desert Dog at 02:07 PM on October 28

I can only hope they pair him with Big Wiezy, and she outdrives him to the point of career-crippling shame. Either that, or they pair him with Annika, who not only shames him with her game, but her ability to grow a mustache.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:10 PM on October 28

Thats right, I said MAN-WHORE PIE-HOLE!!! Completely inappropriate, but also absolutely hilarious. I can only hope they pair him with Big Wiezy, and she outdrives him to the point of career-crippling shame. I'm pretty sure she can outdrive a large portion of the PGA/EPGA membership.

posted by grum@work at 04:11 PM on October 28

I know it's inappropriate, but it's all I could come up with.

posted by Desert Dog at 05:37 PM on October 28

Completely inappropriate, but also absolutely hilarious. Concur. It's the trochaic diameter or something.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 06:24 PM on October 28

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