The magazine Golf Digest is drawing flack for putting Paige Spiranac on the cover instead of Lydia Ko.
Spiranac is being promoted as the “next big thing in golf.” She’s very pretty and puts forth a sexy image while Ko is only 18-years-old. Sexy pictures sell magazines. Golf Digest is known to like that. Past cover girls include Lexi Thompson and Paulina Gretzky so the magazine isn’t exactly promoting the best golfers. However, a lot of people are upset because Ko is the No. 1 ranked female player in the world and she has not yet graced the cover.
World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster went on the Golf Channel and pointed out that Ko should have been on the cover as the top-ranked female in the sport:
“You look at what Lydia Ko’s doing, and why isn’t she on the cover?” Inkster said.
“I know that stuff sells, and they are in the business of selling magazines, but I think people could learn more in an article about Lydia,” Inkster said. “It’s kind of where our society is right now. I don’t agree with it, but it’s their magazine and they can do what they want.”
Paige immediately took to Twitter to praise Ko and herself for putting up with the pants she had to wear for the shoot.
You can thank me @LydiaKo, those silver pants weren’t very comfortable! You’ll be much more comfortable for the cover shoot you deserve
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) April 21, 2016
A lot of people agreed with Inkster.
The good news for @LydiaKo is, while she doesn’t get to be on the cover of a mag that’s desperate for readers, she does get WINS and $$$$.
— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) April 21, 2016
— Lynnie Tracy (@naladingdong) April 21, 2016
— Maginty (@MagintyGirl) April 21, 2016