Doug Ferguson is the main golf writer for Associated Press. Yesterday he wrote an article about the recently announced LPGA Tour schedule for 2013.
Stacy Lewis was the LPGA player of the year in 2012, the first American to win the highest award since Beth Daniel in 1993. Inbee Park captured the money title, and 2012 also saw the emergence of Na Yeon Choi, who won the U.S. Women’s Open and the Titleholders.
Na Yeon Choi joined the LPGA Tour in 2008. She finished 2nd in the Rookie of the Year standings and finished 8th on the money list. In 2009, Choi won two tournaments and finished 7th on the money list. Then in 2010, Choi didn’t just win two tournaments again, but had won the Vare Trophy for the lowest stroke average plus led the LPGA Tour money list. As for 2011 and 2012, Choi finished 2nd and 5th on the money list respectively and won a single tournament in the former year.
Choi emerged long before last year but one of the supposedly leading golf writers just got the memo. To be honest, this ignorance so far as the LPGA goes isn’t uncommon among golf journalists.
That wasn’t the only bad mistake in Ferguson’s writing yesterday.
The LPGA Tour previously announced a new tournament in The Bahamas on May 23-26 and a return to Texas, its first official event in the Lone Star State since Meg Mallon won the U.S. Women’s Open at Colonial in 1991. The North Texas LPGA Shootout will be April 25-28, three weeks before the PGA Tour arrives in town for its Texas swing.
The last time I looked Austin and Houston were in the Lone Star state. The LPGA Tour played official events in the former from 1999 to 2001 and in the Houston area in both 2003 and 2009.
Ferguson made two more mistakes in his writing yesterday. The good news is- Ferguson is unlikely to be writing again about the LPGA Tour any time soon. Unfortunately the bad news is most of the golf media will barely cover the LPGA. They would rather write about things like Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend and other gossip that has little or nothing to do with golf.