Oh. Em. Gee. You’re never going to believe this! — Golf Digest actually put a woman who plays golf for a living (gasp!) on the cover of its October issue. Naturally, that lady is Michelle Wie, who captured the U.S. Women’s Open in June for her first major title.
As you may recall, Golf Digest came under fire and caused a worldwide sh*tstorm back in May when it chose to put Paulina Gretzky, daughter of the Great One, Wayne, and fiancee of Dustin Johnson (who is on a “leave of absence” from the Tour), on the cover of its fitness issue. Prior to Gretzky, the last two women to appear on the cover of the esteemed publication were Kate Upton, who posed with Arnold Palmer, in last December’s issue, and Holly Sonders, the former Golf Channel personality who is now at Fox Sports, in the May 2013 edition.
The last LPGA golfer before Wie to grace the front page of Digest was Lorena Ochoa in 2008. However, as the publication points out, it’s not in the minority when it comes to the lack of putting female pros on its cover — the last to appear on Golf Magazine was Annika Sorenstam in 2003 and the last to appear Sports Illustrated was Nancy Lopez in 1978.
To Golf Digest’s credit, they have a sense of humor about the whole controversy.
“Believe it or not, our interest in women’s golf extends well beyond celebrities in sports bras,” Golf Digest Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde said. “Golf Digest has always been about celebrating the best in the game, and right now, there are few golfers — men or women — who shine brighter than Michelle Wie.”
Get out of here! Unfortunately, that trend doesn’t seem to be a popular one amongst other golf publications.
Good for Michelle, who certainly deserves to appear on the cover of the magazine. According to Digest, Wie talks about the five reasons why she’s enjoyed a “career renaissance” in 2014.
“I love golf again,” she told Golf Digest. “I can’t wait to get out on the course and practice. I remember a time when it was grind, grind, grind, and I didn’t see any results. Now I’m seeing results, and that’s partly because of my attitude.
“Plus, I know much more about my swing. The ball is doing what I want it to do. That breeds confidence. Now when things go wrong, I know why, and I can fix them. In other words, I can just play.”
The issue is available via tablet today and will hit newsstands on September 16th.