Gloating with Vousden.

Sep 06 2013

Thought for the Day:
The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard

Parity at last
It has always been, and will continue to be the case that because of inferior size and strength, women will, as a rule, never hit the ball as far as men. What has been less easy to understand is why they were traditionally not as good at the part of the game that does not require muscle and a Neanderthal wish to hit the ball as hard as possible – putting. Yet it is neither misogynistic nor sexist to suggest that, until comparatively recently, the best women could not compete with the best men when it came to wielding the flat stick; you only had to use the evidence of your own eyes. But that has changed, hopefully for good. Inbee Park, who sits comfortably atop the Women’s World Rankings, is probably the best putter in all golf right now. And the magnificent Solheim Cup demonstrated that, where the distaff side of the game once lagged behind, it is now the equal of anyone.

What was perhaps a little more surprising is that the European team showed the Americans how to putt, on greens and in conditions that would be expected to suit the home side in Colorado. But players like Paula Creamer, Cristy Kerr, Stacy Lewis and Morgan Pressel fell below their usually high standards and just about everyone on the European side stepped up to the plate.

And if the first European victory on American soil was, let’s be honest, a bit (more…)

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