Sunday, June 11, 2006
Oh no they didn't!
Michelle Wie won her first major this weekend at the LPGA Championship.
Oh wait--no it was Si Re Pak who won the tournament in a playoff against Karrie Webb, who herself won the first major of the year.
Headline said Wie; article was correct in noting that it was 30-year old Pak, already qualified for the Hall of Fame, versus the teenager who hasn't won a major yet.
What does this faux pas suggest? Perhaps on the most basic level it shows that there is a sloppy headline writer somewhere. But of course if I was happy with things on the most basic level I wouldn't bother to blog.
Obviously I don't know what happened but it seems like one Asian golfer was all too easily confused for another. Wie of course is the headline grabber. Ask someone not familiar with golf to name a female golfer my guess is that either Wie or Annika Sorenstam are the top guesses. Pak, though just a few years ago was tearing up the LPGA. She, like Webb, have had some rough years. This, in part, is why Pak's playoff win was so spectacular (not that I saw it because I don't have the Golf Channel--see below for another reason why this headline mistake is not so hard to believe). And this is also why the headline was so egregious in its error.
We're not all golf fans--I understand this. But mistaking an American teenage golf phenom with a (young) South Korean veteran is just...well it's bad. In the end it just shows how women's sports (and especially how women of color fare in them) are seen as so unremarkable that one athlete is mistaken for another.