Before I get to his views on what he thinks troubles Professional golf, let me target the factual mistakes of Mark Reason. He wrote in The Daily Telegraph-
In recent years they have taken over the LPGA Tour. Asians have won five of the last seven tournaments on the LPGA
Five of the last seven? Sherman set the wayback machine to May 2009. The last eight LPGA winners prior to The Women’s British Open are-
Ji Young Oh
In Kyung Kim
Eun Hee Ji
Actually it is seven of the last eight. If we stick to Reason’s seven, it is six out of seven. Can he tell me who of Tseng, Kim, Shin, Yi, Ji, or Miyazato isn’t Asian?
Now that I’ve stopped I’m not done with this jackass.
and four of the previous seven majors.
As I pointed out in a previous post three days ago, it is four of the last five. Beth Ann Baldry made this same statement. Is Reason copying her work?
Exhibit #2 that Reason copies Baldry’s work-
It won’t be enough. Evans describes Ai Miyazato, who is tied with Shin four shots behind Matthew, as a “rock star” back home in Japan.
The only person who recently described(I did a google news search) Miyazato as a rock star other than Mark Reason is Beth Ann Baldry not Acting Commissioner Evans. Besides being racist and rotten with facts, an argument can be made that Mark Reason is a plagiarist.
If Matthew wins and Wie is announced on the American team on Monday evening, then western markets may take a bit more interest.
Actually the teams will be announced Sunday evening.
How many of you out there can name the current holders of the women’s majors. Indeed how many can even name the four majors.
How many journalists can get their facts straight? How many can use proper punctuation like question marks? How many proof readers let this article pass by without correcting it?
Since the retirement of Annika Sorenstam the women’s game has desperately lacked a figure head.
The definition of figure head= A person given a position of nominal leadership but having no actual authority. A more precise and less drunken sounding sportswriter would have said ladies golf lacked a star or number one player.
Then I would point out Annika has been retired less than a year and that off year or not, Lorena Ochoa is only one of three LPGA golfers to have two wins this year. Is there really a vacuum at the top?
The game has already taken a bash this year, partly due to the recession. So with typical petulance the women players sacked their commissioner.
The definition of petulance- Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish. How were the 15 players who signed the letter asking for Bivens resignation, petulant. They were athletes concerned for the sport and their careers who saw their Commissioner as unreasonable and unyielding in a time when flexibility with sponsors was needed.
Matthew has her husband toting her golf bag and her parents looking after the two toddlers when she is on the golf course.
Matthew had a baby girl named Sophie just last May. A baby barely ten weeks old is NOT a toddler. The definition of toddler- a young child who has only just learned how to walk
Maybe Mark Reason lives in some alternate universe where babies like Sophie Matthew are learning to walk. Either that or the guy is a complete moron.
Now that I’m through with the poor facts and reasoning of Mark Reason, its time to take on his racism.
Ten of the top 13 players after the third round are from Asia or have Korean dads.
So Asian American golfers are bad for the sport too? This clearly shows that Reason’s problem isn’t nationalism but the color of these women’s skins. I can’t believe a legitimate publication let him get away with this.
Then Asian-Americans are portrayed as foreigners by the press(American beats Kwan) and Madison Avenue. Even charmers like Michelle Kwan and Kristi Yamaguchi have been treated as less than equal when held up to white athletes in the sport of figure skating.
In recent years they have taken over the LPGA Tour.
Have they? How many Asian golfers won majors this year? One
How many Asian golfers have ever been player of the year? One, Ayako Okamoto in 1987!
From July 2007 to May 2008 not one single Asian golfer won an LPGA event. Only 4 South Koreans won in 2007. So ‘recent years’ should only be the last fifteen months.
None of this would matter a jot, of course, if the game was amateur. But it is not and the thing that distinguishes professional golf from the amateur game is the need to entertain people.
Again Reason’s bigotry and racism towards Asians obvious. Tiger Woods isn’t white, but people find him entertaining. Reason, and those who think like him, don’t see the paradox.
If no one in the west is identifying with a lot of these players, then the women’s game is heading for a massive commercial crash in America and Europe.
Are Asian players dominating the LET? Amy Yang won two tournaments in 2008. Why would the rise of the South Koreans on the LPGA Tour adversely affect the European tour’s commercial viability? I don’t see any logic in what Reason wrote above.
The stand-in Marty Evans sounds impressive, looks impressive and has an impressive CV. In fact she is impressive. But how the hell does she solve a problem like the Koreans unless she places limits on overseas players?
Reason digs himself an bigger racist hole to get out of. A restriction on overseas players. The last time I looked Europe wasn’t part of North America. Reason either favors a quota for all non-US players or just those from certain areas of world. A quota on Asians only only would easily be viewed as racist and discriminatory. Mark Reason tell me how you’re not a bigot by advocating this.
There is only one woman out there who moves the ratings dial and that is Michelle Wie. Like it or not – and many of the players don’t like it – TV audiences peak when Wie is in contention. The women’s game needs Wie to lead it out of the slump.
They could make a good start by picking her for the Solheim Cup team tonight, a selection that Wie’s form this year merits.
Reason lumps Korean American golfers in with golfers born in Asia as being bad for the game and then comes around and makes the case Michelle Wie, a golfer with a Korean dad, is what the sport needs. It’s only certain Asians or people with Asian parents Mark Reason has a problem with.
Mark Reason- Author of the most incoherent and racist article on pro golf in 2009. Does anyone have another nominee?