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Golf Digest cover with Paulina Gretzky draws LPGA ire

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TSN.ca Staff
4/4/2014 2:21:39 PM
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Paulina Gretzky's provocative cover photo on the May issue of Golf Digest has drawn criticism from some of the pros of the LPGA Tour.

The daughter of Wayne Gretzky, who is engaged to PGA star Dustin Johnson, appears on the cover of the magazine leaning on a golf club in a sports bra and workout tights.

The cover was released the same week as the LPGA is playing its first major event of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, California.

Speaking to the New York Times, LPGA player Stacy Lewis expressed disappointment in the cover, saying "it's frustrating for female golfers. It's kind of the state of where we've always been. We don't get respect for being the golfers that we are.

"Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines. But at the same time you'd like to see a little respect for the women's game."

Lewis was asked by the Times if she read the magazine, one of the premier publications in the sport.

"Not much," she said. "Obviously you see some of the covers; you see things like that."

Inbee Park, who won three LPGA major titles last season, added, ""That's just been the way it is for over 20, 30 years."

Juli Inkster, a seven-time major winner and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, was similarly unimpressed with the photo.

"It's frustrating because it's Golf Digest; it's not Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue," Inkster said, adding: "I think they should maybe recognize some of the great women golfers that we have. It's like, what do you have to do to get a little respect?

"I'm guaranteeing you right now, it was not a woman editor who chose that cover."

Jerry Tarde, editor-in-chief of the magazine, was asked by the Times for comment on the publication's choice of putting Gretzky on its cover.

"Sports figures, celebrities and models have appeared on Golf Digest covers since the magazine's beginning," said Tarde. "Paulina ranks at the high end of the golf celebrity scene today, and she has a compelling story to tell. She also might get some new people interested in the game."

- with files from the New York Times

Paulina Gretzky on Golf Digest cover (Photo: Golf Digest)

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