Post by legitimategolf on Oct 5, 2021 16:21:16 GMT
A little sad that "Inspiration" will not live on. Believe me I tried to make "the Inspiration" the official shorthand for the tournament but everyone just called it "the ANA". Which was probably better for ANA.
"The Chevron" is horrible IMO. For a major championship at least. (Otherwise this name could fit perfectly into the LPGA's Gas Station Swing.) At least with the WBO, you can just call it the WBO and not have to say "The Weetabix" or whatever.
Yet another sign IMO that the USLPGA is circling the drain.
edit: Holy shit, I just read on to discover that the 2022 Chevron Inspiration (that's what I'm calling it I don't care) will take place in Rancho Mirage for one last time and thereafter will be played in Houston. Pretty big news! in theory at least.
Perhaps the establishment grew tired of being associated with and having to deal with that big "The Dinah" party that ran concurrently with the tournament.
So long, Dinah. The last living vestige of your legacy is dead. Make no mistake. This is not an "evolution" of the tournament. It's a replacement. New name, new location...half a continent away. No more players taking selfies with your statue. No more awkward "manufactured moments" (as Terry Gannon once called them) diving into Poppy's Pond. No more great articles by Larry Bohannan of the Desert Sun. You're over, done, forgotten. RIP, Dinah.
In the past, former LPGA commissioner Mike Whan seemed committed to the current ANA landscape, citing logistical issues in changing dates while keeping Mission Hills as host.
But Marcoux Samaan had other plans. While next year's championship will be contested March 31-April 3 at Mission Hills (ANA will remain a partner for 2022), in two years time, there will be no more splashes in Poppie's Pond, which major winners have leaped into since Amy Alcott began the trend in 1988.
Houston is a great city and the players, especially the Koreans, love Texas. Californians never supported this sham major. I doubt Dinah cares. She's probably frolicking with Burt & hoping they melt down that frightful statue on 18.
Post by legitimategolf on Oct 6, 2021 15:39:30 GMT
None of these recent splashy purse increases feel authentic. Seems more like corporations doing performative subsidies. Because at the same time it appears that the US golf-watching public's interest in women's golf is dropping off a cliff. I know I have generally a paranoid outlook but I feel like these corporations are just trying to pander to feminism and bask in the glow of the flattering press releases.
So much for 'the jump in the pond is tradition'. So much for 'the ANA is the Ladies Masters'. Imagine the men's Masters moving out of Augusta if Tesla waved $30 million around. Yeah, would never happen.
So now is the perfect time to de-Majorize this event once and for all. And the same with Evian. Then the tour can do what they should have done years ago: create an Asian Major. The time is now!!!
An Asian major is long overdue - Korea has some great courses that would be a real test. And also overdue is to give up on US network TV - global streaming is the way to go for this international tour. Seems like half the sponsors for LPGA are foreign companies anyway. Haha, maybe KLPGA has to expand, start cannibalizing lpga events. Bet they could run a better tour.
Samaan announced the future of the LPGA yesterday. A major moves from poor old California to God's Country. And a rinky dink airline is replaced by one of the largest corporations in the world. No way this tournament is better without 20,000 lesbians.