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The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is Golf World's Ron Sirak. He gets the award for the following.

The second obstacle facing Sorenstam is the depth of talent on the LPGA tour right now. Suzann Pettersen, in her first year working with her new coaching team of Lynn Marriott, Pia Nilsson and Gary Gilchrist, won five times, including a major, and emerged as a challenger for the top spot in women's golf. Meanwhile, Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Brittany Lincicome, Meaghan Francella and Nicole Castrale all won this year, indicating the United States has produced a twenty-something pool of talent to replace the disappointing the thirty-something group of Americans.
The article was about Annika Sorenstam trying to regain the #1 spot in women's golf. There are three problems with what Sirak wrote above.

1- Morgan Pressel is still a teenager not a twenty something.
2- Stacy Prammanasudh isn't listed by Sirak. She is American, 28 years of age, and was a tournament winner in 2007. Stacy won more money than both Castrale and Francella in 2007 and was a member of the US Solheim Cup team.

This is the second time Sirak has omitted a Asian-American golfer from lists of American tour winners. He did the same thing with Kim Saiki a few years back. Kim being born in that foreign country called California.

Is Sirak a racist? Don't know, but he's careless that is for sure.

3- Where's Cristie Kerr in those twenty somethings? She only won the US Open last summer. Now Kerr did become thirty late last year, after her Open triumph. However Sirak also writes-

Add the crafty veterans like Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, Sherrie Steinhauer and Pat Hurst and it will be much more difficult for Sorenstam to dominate than it was when she won 43 of 104 LPGA starts from 2001 through 2005.
If you don't list Kerr with the twenty somethings, she should be at least a crafty veteran. After all she has been on the LPGA since 1997 and has 10 tour victories.

I could also note are Hall of Famers only crafty veterans? Webb and Pak are in the HOF. As much as I like Hurst and respect Steinhaurer, they have 5 LPGA wins(1 major) and 8 wins(2 majors) respectively. Whereas Pak has 24 wins(5 majors) and Webb 35 wins(7 majors)

Sirak also wrote this-

Throw in the plethora of talent from Asia--Jee Young Lee, Ji-Ai Shin, Ai Miyazato and others
Those three Asian golfers have won exactly ZERO US LPGA events. To be fair Lee won one in South Korea in 2005, and Shin isn't a LPGA member. Miyazato, who I like and predicted to win her first event in 2008, has not lived up to the hype she got before joining the tour in 2006.

Who did Sirak forget? The Constructivist gives you the answer

Mi Hyun Kim and include Jeong Jang, Seon Hwa Lee, Angela Park, and new mom Hee-Won Han.
Those five players have over a dozen LPGA tour wins, 4 rookie of the year titles, plus one major championship. Oh and with the exception of Mi Hyun, they are all in their twenties or late teens.

Lastly Sirak writes the following-

and the LPGA has its best depth since the heyday of Betsy King, Patty Sheehan, Amy Alcott, Beth Daniel, Dottie Pepper, Nancy Lopez, Meg Mallon and Juli Inkster, who remains one of the 10 best players in the women's game.
Where is Ayako Okamoto in this list? She won 17 LPGA events between 1982 and 1992, competed against all those mentioned by Sirak, was LPGA player of the year in 1987, and was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame in 2005. Pepper and Mallon are not hall of famers.

Maybe I just proved Sirak has a problem with Asian golfers or is a racist. I don't make that charge lightly, but here's a post where I point out the different standards used for judging white versus Asian golfers by other LPGA golfers. There is a pattern to Sirak's mistakes that make you have to wonder. He should know better about who these golfers are.

If I want to nitpick even further, It is Sherri not Sherrie Steinhauer and Ji-Yai not Ji-Ai Shin. Does anyone at Golf World bother to fact check or proofread?

The stupidity of journalists paid to cover professional golf full-time never ceases to amaze me. AP's Doug Ferguson has stuck his foot in his mouth many times, just as recently as last November. Lorena Ochoa will qualify for the Golf HOF before age 30 and that means at least in Ferguson's mind, that the Hall is too easy to qualify for. Other than Laura Davies, who's been two points short of qualifying for five years, who else is banging down the Hall's door? No one, there isn't an active player who was in the top 50 money winners the last two years who is within 10 pts of qualifying other than Davies.

Someone out there is going to say who cares, well I do. I tried for two years to get credentialed to cover an LPGA event and got turned down. Either because

1- I'm a blogger
2- OTB media had never covered a golf event before. How do you get to cover it, if no one will credential you? A obvious Catch 22 to any thinking person.

Finally with the help of The Palm Beach Post's Craig Dolch, I got credentialed to report on the ADT last November. My work can be found here.(I've done other original reporting, like how DCF and JP Morgan failed to timely deliver Emergency food stamps after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.) I've called Craig the best golf writer I read regularly, and that long before he came to my assistance. We've traded emails on a regular basis for 5-10 years.

Sirak and Ferguson were both at the ADT in November but we never talked. Ferguson screwing up that tournament's coverage when he said Christina Kim hadn't played in it previously. Funny I followed her in the 2004 Pro-Am!(Christina had played in the ADT in both 2004 and 2005)

Maybe you don't care but I do. I think I could do a far better job of covering the tour than those bozos who are getting paid to do it now. Golf World's Ron Sirak is today's Knucklehead of the Day.


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Comments (17)

"Maybe you don't care but I... (Below threshold)

"Maybe you don't care but I do."

Uh, dude? I think you're right. Judging by the lack of comments, that is. Just sayin'.

I'm not particularly intere... (Below threshold)

I'm not particularly interested in golf, but even if I were, what sort of comment would a person make?

Argue that leaving out Asian women doesn't mean what he thinks it means?

It may or may not, but a pretty good case has been made.

For some reason whenever a ... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

For some reason whenever a man's really passionate about women's golf I always flashback to Bill Murray at the ball washer in Caddyshack...

Womens golf is about the on... (Below threshold)

Womens golf is about the only golf I could be enticed to watch. Man that game is slower than baseball.

I don't blame Bill for bein... (Below threshold)

I don't blame Bill for being annoyed -- the golf writing business is clubby and pompous. If they let a nitwit like that write sloppy shit and don't call him on it, I'm glad Bill does. Maybe it'll get him his assignment.

Personally, I get an enjoyment from watching a well-developed woman swing a golfclub that is, well, indescribable in a family-friendly venue such as this.

Bill, when is Michelle Wie going to use that Stanford brain of hers and ditch her blockhead father? He's killing her!!

DJ, May I suggest ... (Below threshold)


May I suggest nominating yourself for this award for your unbelievably over-sensitive reactions in the previous thread?

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Another vote for DJDrummond.

Or should I say"

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pajama momma:

I second the nomination for DJ crybaby.

Knucklehead is a good term.... (Below threshold)

Knucklehead is a good term. You don't hear that much anymore.

I nominate DJ Munckmond

DJ Drummond, for the Big Bo... (Below threshold)

DJ Drummond, for the Big Bossman routine last thread...

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Michelle needs to take control of her life. Not an easy thing for a Korean child to do, but the advice she was getting in 2007 was horrible. If she lets her wrists heal, Michelle will be back.

There are other instances of what looks like racism when it comes to the LPGA Tour. Take a look at the golf writers in 2006. Who was almost their universal comeback player of the Year? Karrie Webb.

Who should have won it? Se Ri Pak. I'll explain.

Webb in 2005- 0 wins, 1 2nd, 6 top 10s, 27th on the money list with $500,268, 71.52 stroke point average
Pak in 05- 0 wins, 0 top 10s, 102nd on the money list with $62,628 stroke pt average 74.21

Both players are hall of famers

Here's 2006

Webb- 5 wins, 1 major, 2nd on the money list, over $2 million in earnings. Stroke avg- 70.11

Pak- 1 win, 1 major(she beat Webb in the playoff at the 2006 lpga) 13th on the money list, over $850,000 in earnings, 71.65 stroke avg.

Webb had an incredible 2006, but comeback player of the year? No way in this world except for the golf media acting dumbly(or racist). Pak was horrible in 2005 before injury cut her year short. No one was questioning if Webb would return to form, but they were with Pak. Se Ri cuts 2.5 strokes off her average, climbs 90 spots on the money list almost and loses to someone who doesn't match half of that. It was a joke, and at least one golf writer gave out five comeback awards last year without even mentioning Pak. These people get paid to write crap like this?

Another example of golf writers acting dumb- Ask what was the 2006 best tournament, they say the men's US Open. The LPGA that year had an extroadinary final round- Pak beats Webb in a playoff(Two hall of Famers), Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Mi Hyun Kim, and Shi Hyun Ahn all come to 18 with a chance to tie. Annika is 2 shots off the pace during the last nine holes on Sunday after getting a two-stroke penalty on Saturday, Ai Miyazato and Pat Hurst opened the final round tied for the lead, Lorena Ochoa opened the final round tied with Pak 3 shots off the lead.

3 Hall of Famers battling(Se Ri, Webb, Annika), arguably the biggest draw in golf(Wie), a top five player in Kerr, Player of the year Ochoa, plus solid golfers in Kim, Ahn, Hurst and Miyazato.

You have almost every big name in ladies golf making a run at a tournament but no one notices. The LPGA has an image problem, much of it caused by the idiots who report it.

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You think yourself cute by replying to DJ's thread and attacking him by replying to a totally different thread. So who's being juvenile and pathetic.

DJ, if he's like me at Wizbang, can't edit comments in threads we aren't the author of. So it was most likely Maggie who disemvoweled you.

Or in Post 12's case, me.


You think yourself cute ... (Below threshold)

You think yourself cute by replying to DJ's thread and attacking him by replying to a totally different thread. So who's being juvenile and pathetic.

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Next time it will be for real. Twit.

Bill he cut off comments on... (Below threshold)

Bill he cut off comments on that thread right after he edited our posts.

He described his actions as the posts were deleted.

Knucklehead sure fit the what he wasdoing, thus the move to the next thread.

I don't know if it was Maggie, but if it was -- even worse. None of us said anything even close to deserving being ridiculed.

Not to worry, I won't be back.

As I tried to say in the other thread, I used to be a regular here and had respect for the authors. For at least one -- no longer.

What, you're gonna ban me D... (Below threshold)

What, you're gonna ban me Drummond? Go wild buddy. I've issued my complaint to Kevin and Jay Tea, whether they'll smack you back into compliance, I dunno, and I don't care, but I'm with mesa, I don't really care if I get banned from commenting. Wizbang! is a total crapfest with Drummond's continued presence.

I've never experienced such an obnoxious tool in the dextrosphere as I have in DJ Drummond, with a few lefty troll exceptions, I'll have no problem letting people I run into in the Dextrosphere know to avoid visiting or linking Wizbang! (not that I ever see Wizbang! get linked anywhere anymore) if I don't see Drummond put in his place.

"Not to worry, I won't b... (Below threshold)

"Not to worry, I won't be back."

Cool. No more ego-trip thread derailing






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