Several LPGA Players ask LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens to resign

mulligan, 08 July 2009, Comments Off on Several LPGA Players ask LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens to resign
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Golf World is reporting that 5 of 7 players on the LPGA Board have voted in favor of asking Commissioner Carolyn Bivens to resign. This after 15 prominent LPGA players met last week and signed a letter asking the same. The Board is comprised of 13 members so only 2 others would need to vote in favor of resignation. More

Of course, the major problem is the LPGA is losing sponsors in this difficult economy. At least 5 have been lost in the past year. The PGA Tour has lost sponsors, too, so it’s hard to blame this on Carolyn Bivens.

The cold hard fact is that the LPGA lacks a marquee player, post-Annika. So part of the blame should be placed on the players, especially the “big name” American players–we don’t want to single anyone out, but we all know Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie are the supposed up-and-comers–who have not filled the void left by Annika. Carolyn Bivens did make a mistake in attempting to impose an English language requirement on the foreign players, especially the women from South Korea who keep on winning. The rule was misguided and quickly rescinded. But the twisted logic was understandable enough: the LPGA needs to better market itself to the U.S. market or it will be toast.

So all the LPGA players who are now asking for Carolyn Bivens to resign, should ask themselves this: why haven’t they won consistently (or, in some cases, ever) since Annika Sorenstam retired?


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