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Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:45 am

Blowback over a potential cheating scandal on the LPGA’s Canadian Open has prompted the tour to look further into an uncomfortable scenario this week involving two South Korean players.

Playing partners Shi-Hyun Ahn and Il Mi Chung were disqualified this week for hitting the wrong ball on the final hole, then signing scorecards attesting to incorrect scores.

Which is where the whole scenario doesn’t pass the smell test. According to unconfirmed reports, Ahn and Chung both hit the 18th fairway, knew on the final green that they had hit each other’s ball on their respective approach shots by mistake, and conspired to keep it a secret until one of the caddies in the group threatened to come forward.

After reportedly engaging in a conversation in Korean on the green, the two players signed their cards. Then the pair sought out a rules official and they were disqualified. Ahn is ranked No. 99 in the world and Chung is 169th.

According to one report, the caddie for the third member of the group was prepared to discuss what happened with Ahn and Chung with tour officials, and only then did pair tell LPGA rules officials what had happened, resulting in a no-brainer double disqualification.

Initially, the LPGA seemed satisfied with the player actions and sanctions.

"No one with the LPGA was privy to any discussions between the players and caddies in advance of the players’ efforts to seek out a rules official to explain the situation,” a spokesman said Saturday. “We know only that the players came forward, admitted their issue and received the appropriate result based on the rules of golf.”

However, that stance has clearly changed.

LPGA communications chief David Higdon confirmed Sunday morning to that the tour intends to interview all the parties involved and then mull a possible course of action.

“We have treated this situation very seriously, and have or will speak to all principles involved,” Higdon said in an email Sunday morning. “Yes, we are looking very closely at it.”

The LPGA has had issues in the past with South Korean natives, who have been accused by other players of bending rules by conversing with friends or parents and receiving advice in their native tongue, among other perceived violations. The LPGA at one point put players on notice that such conversations and interaction would not be tolerated. One longtime LPGA caddie with his own blog site claimed this weekend that Korean players have been getting away with rules violations for years, causing some to accuse him of racism.

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Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:42 am

Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

Hell with it, lets just start a war (again) between north and south Korea, that should take care of things.  Better yet, make em carry their own bags and no caddie.  Then make them play on the PGA for a year and hit from the men tees

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:50 pm

Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:41 am

Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

Smich needs to concentrate on his career as a caddy rather than trying to smear the reputation of players that have been on tour for many years.  Compare Smich's track record to that of the two players involved.  It will clearly show that Smich is nothing but a racist and malicious person who does not even deserve to be a part of the golfing industry.  Just because two foreign players talk in their native tongue does not mean that they are conspiring to cheat.  "You did not see anything?" was a question, not a statement.  Caddies making a mistake and making it appear as cheating is a strong accusation.  Both caddies should have rushed to their players when they found out and not talked amonst each other while the players were signing their score cards.  They do not have the right to decide if they should tell or not tell.  Had they brought up the issue before the players went to the scoring tent, this issue would have resulted in an easy manner.  LPGA officials stated that the two players came forward within minutes of finding out what had happened, not the 2 hours that Smich states.  Smich's reputation may be smeared for what you have done in the past, but do not smear the reputations of players who have worked hard to become pro athletes.  "Coaching" and advice is completely different from what had happened here.  I guess next time during the World Cup Soccer tournament, all foreign team players should speak in English to the each other.  Both players had nothing to gain by trying to cheat as Smich claims. They were not even in contention to make the cut and a 2 stroke penalty would not have hurt them.  Read the golfweek article that came out today.  CBS needs to get the facts right before believing a person who is bitter about getting fired by some of the Korean players in the past. 

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:50 pm

Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

Two players taking advantage of no one around them understanding their native tongue to get advice that isn't allowed, and then getting called out for it, isn't racism.

This is a well-known tactic used by malcontent minorities all across the country.  If you're against Obama's economic plans, you are racist.  If you're for enforcing our own border, you are racist.  It's okay to call a cheater a cheater, unless she's a minority, because then you're a racist.  It's a vile accusation generally made by low-lifes and, because of it, more and more people are understanding the charges of racism are being used to shut down the discussion.

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 8:09 pm

Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

Because Hockey isn't on what's the harm in watching Creamer and Gulbis marking putts.

Seriously,  this is a real problem.  If the LPGA doesn't, at minimum, suspend these two they will be
slaughtered in the golfing world...a world that lives on its status as the only sport where the rules are self administered and sacrosanct.

Of course if they do they will be label as racists or chauvinists...but they need to stay above that fray and do the right thing.

As to the other accusations of cheating...too war of words...just privately tell all players that any players receiving assistance from other than their caddy will be suspended...then put a few bi-lingual 'Marshals' on the course  to be available to observe suspect players.

Don't make it complicated.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:29 am

Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

Remember a few years back when the LPGA Tour was excoriated for wanting the Koreans to learn English? Then it was, ostensbily, to appease the American Pro-Am particpants. Now then can use cheating as the reason.  Let's see the PC crowd argue that.

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2010 5:11 pm

Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

It's true. According to LPGA statistics, 2,436 people care. Of these, 1,612 are in Korea, 4 are in Canada, and the rest are currently watching re-runs of The L Word.

Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2010 5:10 pm

Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

Exactly. The cheating and the origin of the players are mutually exclusive. Just another deceptive lede that has nothing in common with the facts.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2010 5:05 pm

Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

>>>Honestly who gives ashit its womens golf.

Several thousand people care, you troglodyte.

Go back to watching hockey, why doncha.

Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2010 3:18 pm

Race, cheating inquiry make bad LPGA brew

Even if it is just women's golf, I do so love me some scandalous bitches!! :)

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