Sometimes the LPGA Tour simply cannot get out of its own way.
What a hair-brained idea: Let’s have a Match Play tournament in Las Vegas in late May when the heat index is hitting 100 — players might have to go 36 holes a day the final two days.
And if that’s not bad enough, let’s hold it the week BEFORE the Women’s U.S. Open!
Talk about piss-poor planning!
When Shanshan Feng (call me Jenny) finished her Saturday match, she had gone 41 holes. She won and had to gear up again to play Sunday morning then again Sunday afternoon — win or lose. You see, there’s that awful “consolation” match to determine who finishes third and fourth. So if we take Tiger Woods’ word — “Second place sucks!” Then third or fourth place must really suck!
So can you blame Shanshan, after losing her semifinal match, decided she’d had enough of the heat and torture and conceded the match to Ariya Jutanugarn. Basically, the winner would have earned a tad more than $21,000 than the fourth place finisher.
Good on you, Shanshan!
As for the LPGA Tour — into the Dog House for whoever slated this event before the U.S. Open. And to make it authentic, we’ll turn up the heat index in the Dog House to 100 — but don’t worry, all the dogs will be out in the shade licking blocks of ice!!