The Great Pay Equality Open, aka The Vic Open, came to an end on the other side of the world, Down Under early Saturday.
This great social experiment where the men and women receive the same purse was a laugher when you look at what the purses actually turned out to be.
Both winners — David Law on the men’s side and Celine Boutier on the women’s side earned the equivalent of $176,500 each. That’s not even first place money on a Web.com Tour event and is even low for an LPGA event.
Thus the no-name field.
Anyone out there ever heard of David Law, the flying Scotsman? He’s basically a Sunshine Tour grad looking to make a name for himself on the European Tour and despite the flimsy check, this will help him. He shot 18-under par to edge Brad Kennedy and Wade Ormsby, two Aussies, by a shot. The men’s field was flooded with guys from the home nation because, well, they didn’t have to spend a lot of money traveling to this one.
If you were looking for a big name on the men’s side — forget it.
Same for the women.
Celine Boutier from France? Hardly a household name, maybe even in France. She shot eight-under to win by two over Sarah Kemp (Australia), Charlotte Thomas (England) and Sue Oh (Australia). Same thing for the women, no big names. Hey, Cheyenne Woods missed the cut!
Which brings us back to this format of men and women at the same location, same pay, same everything except quality of play.
Thanks but no thanks, the European Tour can keep this one.