Feb 9, 2014; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Paulina Gretzky watches fianc Dustin Johnson (not pictured) on the 18th hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan rips Golf Digest for Paulina Gretzky cover

Jan 25, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; From left Paulina Gretzky , Wayne Gretzky , Emma Gretzky and Janet Gretzky pose for a photo before the game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings in the Stadium Series hockey game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan had some harsh words for Golf Digest on Friday in the wake of the magazine choosing to put Paulina Gretzky on the cover of its May issue.

In his statement, Whan said Golf Digest is doing a disservice to women’s golf by not putting an actual LPGA golfer on the cover:

“Obviously we’re disappointed and frustrated by the editorial direction (and timing) Golf Digest has chosen with the announcement of its most recent magazine cover. If a magazine called Golf Digest is interested in showcasing females in the game, yet consistently steers away from the true superstars who’ve made history over the last few years, something is clearly wrong.


“Inbee Park wins 3-straight major championships in 2013. Stacy Lewis, in 2012, becomes the first American to win Rolex Player of the Year since 1994. Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko set historical benchmarks while blossoming as the Tour’s youngest ever champions. And evidently, not one has been ‘cover worthy’ for Golf Digest. ‘Growing the game’ means a need for more role models and in these exciting times for women’s golf, the LPGA is overflowing with them.


“At this point, I’m done talking about it and I hope the attention of the media and fans will shift in the proper direction. The true stars representing women’s golf have a grand stage this weekend at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. I’m confident that the year’s first major championship will result in another compelling champion and the traditional Sunday leap into Poppie’s Pond will grab the media spotlight it so deserves.”

Multiple LPGA golfers have expressed the same point of view as Whan, and it’s easy to understand why. According to The New York TimesGolf Digest last featured an LPGA golfer on its cover in 2008. Since then, both Kate Upton and TV personality Holly Sonders have been featured on Golf Digest covers, yet none of the LPGA’s rising stars have been given the honor.

[Source: Golf Channel]

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