LPGA lacks star power after top player departures

Jul 3, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Http

As the world's top female players lined the practice range at Locust Hill Country Club last week, they couldn't ignore an inescapable reality: Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa remain the perceived faces of their sport.

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AJRAY

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Jul 4, 2010
 
The LPGA was sabotaged by the media who decided to focus on Wie and ignored better and basically all other players. In fact Ochoa herself who they are using for the premise of this story was ignored for the last few years of her career because of Wie. Michael Whan seems like a smart cookie who knows he needs to get all the players involved to sell the product. You ask me there is lots of stars, great stories and the players have never been better. It's up to the media to take the negativity out of their stories and focus on the positive. To say the LPGA "lacks star power" is bullcrap.

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Jul 4, 2010
 
YOU ARE CORRECT, AJRAY

Also, in my opinion, Bivens also sabotaged the LPGA by some of her 'lousy' decisions before the players got rid of her.
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Jul 5, 2010
 
Exactly Rich. Bivens was taking the tour right into the ground and blaming it on a bad economy and Asian players not speaking English. One of the worst moves she ever made was signing that long term T.V deal with the golf channel. She took that deal because they paid a little money up front. She should of realized that because the golf channel would treat the LPGA like a second or third class citizen, more sponsors would pull out because their product wasn't being shown on national T.V. Bivens was completely clueless when it came to business. She treated tour stops like they owed her something. Michael Whan is a big time piece of fresh air.

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Jul 5, 2010
 
I agree about Whan but it will take a couple of years for him to 'right the ship'.
Jim

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Jul 5, 2010
 
star power - like what's her face ?

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Jul 5, 2010
 
Jim wrote:
star power - like what's her face ?
I guess you are talking about M. Wie. She is 'star power' for the LPGA. She brings in spectators to events and people will watch on T V when she is playing. The problem is she just isn't winning. I have said for 3 years now that she will not be a force, a winning force, on the LPGA until she quits or graduates from Stanford. Compared to most people in the U S she is/has been very successful in her golfing career but that is not what the public wants, they want 'winners'. You cannot be a success in professional sports, winning, and carry a full schedule at a school like Stanford and expect to graduate, at least with an acceptable grade. So, the golfing world will have to wait until she decides on golf full time to see if her potential is reached.

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