RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – LPGA commissioner Mike Whan wasn’t pleased with Golf Digest’s choice for the cover of its May issue.
In a strongly worded statement Friday, Whan chastised the magazine for passing over “superstars” in women’s golf with its decision to put Paulina Gretzky on the cover of its new fitness issue.
Gretzky is the daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky and the fiancée of PGA Tour pro Dustin Johnson. Featured in a revealing exercise outfit, Gretzky is relatively new to recreational golf.
“Obviously we’re disappointed and frustrated by the editorial direction (and timing) Golf Digest has chosen with the announcement of its most recent magazine cover,” Whan said in the statement. “If a magazine called Golf Digest is interested in showcasing females in the game, yet consistently steers away from the true superstars who’ve made history over the last few years, something is clearly wrong.
“Inbee Park wins 3-straight major championships in 2013. Stacy Lewis, in 2012, becomes the first American to win Rolex Player of the Year since 1994. Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko set historical benchmarks while blossoming as the Tour’s youngest ever champions. And evidently, not one has been 'cover worthy' for Golf Digest. 'Growing the game' means a need for more role models and in these exciting times for women’s golf, the LPGA is overflowing with them.
“At this point, I’m done talking about it and I hope the attention of the media and fans will shift in the proper direction. The true stars representing women’s golf have a grand stage this weekend at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. I’m confident that the year’s first major championship will result in another compelling champion and the traditional Sunday leap into Poppie’s Pond will grab the media spotlight it so deserves.”