Feng's Miraculous Shot, Lewis Quits Twitter
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/7/13

2012 LPGA Championship winner Shanshan Feng wrote an interesting piece of history on Sunday at the LPGA's inaugural event in China, the Reignwood Classic. Trailing Stacy Lewis at the final hole, Feng's shot seemed headed for the water, but two fortuitous bounces set her up for an eagle to win by one shot.

While much of the crowd was accommodating of Feng, they were not so accommodating to Lewis, who tweeted her less-than-complimentary evaluation of their behavior, especially their very-inappropriate photographs in the middle of Lewis' swing. In since-deleted tweets, she said:
"Congrats to Shan Shan on the win, crazy shot at 18. Very disappointed in fans in China this week."

"Between all the cameras and cheering when I missed putts. It was just really hard to have fun out there. On to the next."
After some backlash, Lewis deleted the posts and her Twitter account, saying:
"For those whose [sic] were actually supportive on twitter, sorry to say I will be signing off of here. I'm sorry I say what I believe."
Given how crowds in China were stealing Michael Phelps' golf balls during an exhibition earlier this year, it isn't surprising that the level of audience decorum in China has not yet reached complete and requisite maturity.

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[ comments ]
jasonfish11 says:
Yeah those people have no respect for the game.

Matt McGee says:
Note to self: When being paid millions of dollars to wear a company logo, remember to say, "Thank you for having me, it was very nice," then shut up.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
DAMN what a shot though.
golfingbumunderpar64 says:
I'm so tired of people in the public eye apologize for things they say because it might "offend" someone. Guess what? You will ALWAYS offend someone. You can not please everyone. We still live in the land of the free and we have the freedom of speech........for now. She wrote how she felt. I'm sorry but no one has the right to tell her that that was wrong. Everybody is so worried about making people happy and always walking on eggshells.......screw that. If I don't agree with what someone says, does, or acts like on radio, tv, or in person. I can change the station or walk away. Duh. Just like if people don't agree with my statements.....owell. I have my opinion and you have yours. We agree to disagree. I think Stacy should stand by her comments and open twitter back up. News flash people who don't like what she says. Don't follow her.
falcon50driver says:
Awesome, a person who gets it!
Thank you sir.
jasonfish11 says:
Although I agree with you both. It's not because she might offend someone. She backtracked because she likes getting paid by her sponsors.

Its the douchy sponsors that get all pissy when you speak the truth. And if I were in her shoes I'd bite my tounge and take the paycheck as well. Hell isn't that what 99% of us working for someone else do on a day to day basis anyways?
Duke of Hazards says:
Yeah, only 'cause China = $$$. If she'd been disappointed in Chileans or Burmese, no one would give a f*$!.
Matt McGee says:
In a way, it works out. Sponsors pay athletes to endorse their stuff. Athletes have to behave themselves in public to please the sponsors. Kids then, by extension, are given better role models to emulate.
bkuehn1952 says:
Twittering releases to the masses our impromptu thoughts. Many of us say things that we would not like published or repeated. Twitter gives its users the chance to publicly fit that size 9 (or 12) into the oral cavity.

The comments by Stacy Lewis were ill-timed since they make her appear to be a poor sport. She should have stopped after her congrats to Shan Shan and made a silent mental note to not play in China again if the playing conditions were not to her liking.
Kurt the Knife says:
Seems to me, you sign an endorsement contract, you're now a performing monkey.

And this twitter thing, maybe I'm a fuddyduddy but I don't understand the value.
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