GD's Paulina Cover Ignites Firestorm
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/4/14
Earlier this week, we told you about Golf Digest magazine putting celebrity girlfriend Paulina Gretzky on the cover of their May 2014 issue. Now, LPGA players and others are blasting Golf Digest for the move — and editor-in-chief Jerry Tarde's response is rather weak:
"Sports figures, celebrities and models have appeared on Golf Digest covers since the magazine's beginning. Paulina ranks at the high end of the golf celebrity scene today, and she has a compelling story to tell. She also might get some new people interested in the game."
Paulina Gretzky, golf celebrity? LPGA players aren't buying that story.

Stacy Lewis, two-time major champion

"It's frustrating for female golfers. It's kind of the state of where we've always been. We don't get respect for being the golfers that we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines. But at the same time you'd like to see a little respect for the women's game."

Juli Inkster, seven-time major champion and World Golf HOF'er

"It's frustrating because it's Golf Digest; it's not Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue. I think they should maybe recognize some of the great women golfers that we have. It's like, 'What do you have to do to get a little respect?' I'm guaranteeing you right now, it was not a woman editor who chose that cover.

"O.K., so I think next month the cover should be Paula Creamer's fiancé, who’s a fighter pilot, or Brittany Lincicome's hot boyfriend, who’s a long-drive hitter. Put one of them on there."

Inbee Park, who won three consecutive majors in 2013

"That's just been the way it is for over 20, 30 years. We are trying to get closer to the guys (in popularity), but obviously we are never going to get there. That's for sure. The LPGA is getting better and better."

Angela Stanford, five-time LPGA winner and five-time Solheim Cup-er

"The question is, who are they trying to sell to? If the answer is men 25 years old through 45 years old, then I guess that's what they have to do. You know the old saying, sex sells. And nobody can argue with that. It's just the way it is. But the LPGA has some attractive women and very fit women, so why not use them? I'm just baffled by it."

USA Today's Steve DiMeglio points out that the last actual LPGA player to appear on a GD cover was Lorena Ochoa — way back in 2008. Of the three women who have graced GD's cover in the last twelve months, only Golf Channel's Holly Sonders has any competitive experience. She was a member of the Michigan State University Lady Spartans golf team that won the 2007 Big Ten Championship. The other two were celebrity models — Kate Upton and Paulina.

Likewise, Paulina's Twitter page does nothing toward portraying her as a humble, feet-on-the-ground woman who isn't too full of herself and her appearance:

Paulina's fiancé, PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson, didn't make matters any better on Thursday. He shot an opening-round 80 at the Shell Houston Open and promptly withdrew.

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[ comments ]
madmx99 says:
Hmm, it is disappointing from the LPGA standpoint, but if they would wear skimpier clothing when they played.....and only the good looking ones......
Matt McGee says:
Six years since an LPGA player has been on the cover of GD? That makes me question the intelligence of the GD editorial staff even more than the Gretzky cover does.
legitimatebeef says:
Hehe. Tarde.
DougE says:
Frankly, I would love it if both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine would highlight at least one, if not more LPGA Tour players each and every month, with those girls gracing the cover 30-40% of the time. Most of us can learn a lot more from the way they play than we can from the PGA guys. We can certainly relate better to the girls' games.

I enjoy watching the LPGA. If their Tour came close by my area, I would definitely go see them play. In addition to some awesome golfers, there are quite a few cuties too. What's not to like?

On another note, I have a feeling Dustin Johnson is going to take a beating for this, one way or another.
CeeBee says:
That might be why he WD'ed this week Doug. Personally ,if Holly Sonders played , I could watch her all day regardless what she shot.
birdieXris says:
I'm with Ceebee... holly sonders whenever possible.
MikeyPingJ says:
She's a Butter Face.
mmontisano says:
Bet you Lexi Thompson will be on June's cover now.
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