Originally Posted by joekelly
OK, Erik. Who does 'deserve' an invitation to the Masters?
Well, there's two ways to answer that.
1) My opinion.
2) The way Augusta National has historically given out the invitations.
Neither get her there. She doesn't deserve an invitation. She deserves all she can get with the LPGA.
And there's a third way, actually, to answer that. By flipping it around and putting you on the spot: what's she done TO deserve it? I haven't seen anything. She's beaten men or even boys at something? No. She's won on a course measuring 7000+ yards? No. She wouldn't make the cut in a Nationwide Tour event and you want to send her to the Masters?
And if a 12-year-old boy can win the U.S. or British Am, then clearly he has the game to compete at a pretty high level.
It's not misogynistic or sexist to point out that there's a difference between someone who hits hybrid from 155 and someone who hits wedge. In fact, to deny otherwise would be the stupid thing to do. Men hit the ball farther than women, by and large, and thus play a different version of the sport.
I've supported women playing against men in the past. But Michelle Wie at her home-town Sony Open is an entirely different beast than a 15-year-old girl at the Masters (or any men's major). She's more than welcome to try to qualify for the U.S. Open or British Open. She won't (try to), though.