Goosen Females Should Qualify

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BEIJING -- U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen fanned the flames of the debate on women entering men's golf events on Wednesday by saying female players should be forced to qualify.
 
'I think in general the players feel it's not the right thing,' said the South African, who played a charity skins event with South Korea's Grace Park in Thailand at the weekend.
 
'If they qualify for the tournament, they go through qualifying school ... then it's fine. But just to keep giving invites away is probably not the right thing.'
 
Goosen, ranked fifth in the world, shared the Tiger Skins title with Denmark's Thomas Bjorn. Park was playing against men for the first time in Phuket.
 
Goosen, who was speaking in the buildup to this week's $2.3 million Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing, nonetheless added: 'It was good to get Grace to play.
 
'In a way, people want to see the ladies play with the men. (In) small events like that for charity, I think it's a good idea.'
 
Annika Sorenstam, the top-ranked women's player, and 15-year-old prodigy Michelle Wie are among those to have competed against the men. Wie has accepted an exemption to play in the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic in July.
 
Se Ri Pak became the first woman to make the cut in a men's event when she finished 10th in her native South Korea two years ago.
 
Several leading men's players, including Vijay Singh and Greg Norman, have also been critical of women playing on the PGA Tour.
 
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