Former US Ladies’s Open champion Michelle Wie West make clear the “unlucky” explanation why gamers did not flip as much as the CME convention ultimately week’s LPGA Tour finale.
Talking to the No Laying Up podcast, Wie West attributed a sequence of misunderstandings as a attainable motive for the Tour’s greatest stars not attending the convention which repeatedly hosts former US Presidents and enterprise bosses.
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Golfweek reported that CME Group CEO and Chairman Terry Duffy was “exceptionally disillusioned with the management of the LPGA.” Duffy described the gamers’ no-show as an “embarrassment” and Wie West used comparable phrases to explain the scenario.
Lydia Ko romped to victory on the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Membership and banked $2 million for her troubles. This was the most important winner’s paycheque in girls’s golf historical past.
Contemplating that Duffy and his firm noticed no participant at their convention in such a big week for his or her funding within the girls’s sport, Wie West was sympathetic to the American businessman.
“To start with, I can completely perceive Terry’s standpoint. To go up on stage and to undergo that in entrance of his buddies could be very embarrassing. I wasn’t there so I do not know firsthand, however I am positive there has to have been some huge misunderstanding between the LPGA, the gamers and Terry,” Wie West mentioned.
“There isn’t any method that our organisation or gamers would do this on objective or do this in a purposeful method. So first off, I believe there was an enormous mistake (and) an enormous misunderstanding between the organisation, (and) the gamers that had been imagined to go and Mr Duffy.
“To my understanding, it appeared like Serena Williams was supposed to talk and pulled out, so I believe that was a key incontrovertible fact that was omitted from the article. I do really feel just like the article was barely pointless.
“I used to be shocked that it even made the information retailers. However yeah, I do not suppose in any method that our Tour would’ve achieved that on objective. Our Tour respects Mr Duffy to the very best extent and we’re so grateful for CME’s help of the Tour Championship.”
Duffy claimed the LPGA Tour might lose sponsorship offers if extra conditions come up like this sooner or later, a really regarding prospect in a sport the place elevated funding has grow to be a necessity for survival.
Not solely did Ko decide up the most important winner’s purse ever, however the Tour finale additionally had a complete prize fund of $7 million which is the biggest outdoors of the 5 main championships.
Wie West stepped away from her profession in June with bodily exhaustion as a key motive. She gained 5 instances together with her main win on the US Ladies’s Open in 2014 and he or she appeared shocked at Duffy’s outrage final week.
“Having an enormous cheque, the most important cheque in girls’s golf historical past this week, is monumental for us. It simply blows my thoughts to suppose that this might ever have occurred.
“It should’ve been a sequence of actually unlucky occasions and that occurs in life, sadly. It is a huge organisation, there’s rather a lot happening (on the) Tour Championship – our staff in our organisation work 4 jobs. There’s one million issues that the workers of the LPGA do.
“There should’ve been one missed electronic mail or one missed telephone name. Sadly, this needed to occur. It is a very unlucky scenario but it surely simply should’ve snowballed into this taking place.”