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LPGA Tour boss 'disappointed' with Golf Digest
JOHN NICHOLSON, The Associated PressPosted: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2:14 AM
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan weighed in Friday on Golf Digests provocative cover featuring Paulina Gretzky.
Obviously, were disappointed and frustrated by the editorial direction (and timing) Golf Digest has chosen with the announcement of its most recent magazine cover, Whan said in a statement at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the tours first major tournament of the year.
If a magazine called Golf Digest is interested in showcasing females in the game, yet consistently steers away from the true superstars whove made history over the last few years, something is clearly wrong. ... Growing the game means a need for more role models and in these exciting times for womens golf, the LPGA is overflowing with them.
The cover photo shows Gretzky in skintight capris and a bra.
Known for provocative pictures on her social media accounts, Gretzky is former hockey star Wayne Gretzkys daughter and PGA Tour player Dustin Johnsons fiancee.
Former LPGA Tour star Lorena Ochoa in 2008 was the last female pro to appear on the magazines cover. Golf Digest featured Golf Channels Holly Sonders in May 2013 and model Kate Upton posed with Arnold Palmer for the December issue.
Its frustrating for female golfers, third-ranked Stacy Lewis said. Its kind of the state of where weve always been. We dont get respect for being the golfers that we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines. But at the same time youd like to see a little respect for the womens game.
Jerry Tarde, Golf Digests editor in chief, released a statement about the cover.
Sports figures, celebrities and models have appeared on Golf Digest covers since the magazines beginning, Tarde said. Paulina ranks at the high end of the golf celebrity scene today, and she has a compelling story to tell. She also might get some new people interested in the game. Previous Story:Wall Street orders up GrubHub in market debutNext Story: Extravagant giving, foolish spending? JOHN NICHOLSONThe Associated Press #post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-reddit {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 60px !important;height: 20px !important;margin-right:8px;}#post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-email {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 71px !important;height: 28px !important;}

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