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Golf Australia Express : Issue 25
SAY WHAT? PAY PROBLEMS SAM’S VIEW ON PAY INEQUALITY LAST WEEK CERTAINLY GOT YOU GUYS CHATTING. DARE SAY THE ED’S REPLY THIS WEEK WILL DO THE SAME... LETTER OF THE WEEK Keegan Bradley @Keegan_Bradley i’d like to apologize for my spitting It’s like a reflex,I don’t even know I’m doing it, but it’s a longtime habit I’ve got to try to conquer Ian Poulter @IanJamesPoulter Well Bruce Chritchley talks complete bollox most of the time anyway. Sorry sky sports viewers for having to listen to his crap every week. Christina Kim @TheChristinaKim Great news about John Huh winning the Mayakoba Classic after seven playoff holes! Go KoreAms! David Feherty @Fehertwit And.....I’m back. Two more days of work and I get to see my wife and kids. Hope they recognize me, and the dogs don’t go for my sack. tweets of the week IT’S HARD not to sound like a misogynist when discussing the difference in prize money between professional men’s and women’s sporting events. In my opinion the argument takes the wrong perspective. Although both genders work hard to reach the level they do, to qualify and to win these events, they need to be seen not as men and women but simply as entertainers, much like musicians, actors and other artists. Their payday is based not upon their gender but their ability to attract crowds, sell attendance tickets, television viewership and especially for the sponsors of the events (who ultimately pay for the prize money at stake). Is there a massive gap between male and female golfers in prizemoney? Absolutely. Is corporate sponsorship much higher for men’s events compared to women? Definitely. But to me it’s not an issue of men versus women. I don’t believe the men should be paid more because they are men and women should be paid less because they are women. My argument isn’t gender based as to why I disagree with you. My argument is purely based on one factor only—revenue generated for the golf industry. —Chris L, via email I agree that it’s time the women received equal billing and prizemoney. I often find watching the women more entertaining than the men, particularly around the greens. They are generally better behaved and therefore better role models for the kids to look up to. Having said that, I can’t see it happening soon. —Roy C, via email I totally agree [prizemoney] is very lopsided. The ladies still put in the same amount of practice, and play over 4 days. Not like there is much difference in the amount of effort that goes into winning a golf tournament (unlike in tennis where there’s a difference in the amount of games played). The girls are fabulous to watch, they still hit the ball a long way but their finesse is astounding. Come on— give ladies golf a go. —Tricia C, via email THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 —Vyt A, via email