World No.8 Charley Hull has responded to a male critic of the women’s game on social media by offering to feature in golf’s version of ‘The Battle Of The Sexes.’
A bullish three-handicapper on X (formerly known as Twitter) declared – in response to a post about driving distance from golf statistician Lou Stagner – that he would “make every cut on the LPGA [Tour]” and “be a top-20 player.”
Stagner noted that anyone who can drive the ball 277 yards would be ahead of 98 percent of male amateurs, but second last on the PGA Tour.
Shall we sort this game out 👀 I’ll let him play off the red tees whilst I’ll play off the whites https://t.co/MAGfE4hprPSeptember 11, 2023
But despite no reference to the women’s game in the original post, one amateur hopeful’s direct message took aim at the LPGA Tour.
In the fan’s note to Stagner, he said: “What do you think of this tweet? This is ridiculous. I am a 3 handicapper that plays from 6900 yards and I hit my driver 290. I would make every cut on the LPGA and be a top20 playr.”
Stagner did not reveal the identity of the messenger, but did post his full claim with the caption: “I love some of the direct messages I get. This guy would finish DFL in every single event.”
A few hours later, Hull – who has finished second in four of her past seven events – quoted the post and said: “Shall we sort this game out. I’ll let him play off the red tees whilst I’ll play off the whites.”
The overwhelming majority of fans were hugely in favour of witnessing a televised match between the pair, with several high-profile accounts stating they were willing to play their part in making it happen.
If a head-to-head clash was to materialize, it would follow tennis’ ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ format in the 1970s – born from three-time Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs’ declaration that he could beat any female tennis player – despite the American being 55 at the time and retired for over 20 years – as the women’s game was inferior.
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