April fools’ day

1st of April and newspapers as well as other media have done their best in trying to come up with original jokes. I wonder if not the LPGA Tour has won that battle though. The only problem is that it does not seem to be a joke and it actually happened yesterday. Kraft Nabisco Championship is played this week. The first women’s major of the year, traditionally at the Dina Shore course at the Mission Hills Country Club in California will of course gather the top players of the world. Only Helen Alfredson, a previous winner of the same tournament, and Mimmi Hjorth, currently top 25 in the world, will not start.

Different from the men’s majors the women’s equivalent have pro-ams. The LPGA have very strict rules with regards to participation in those. If you are called upon you play. Otherwise you are not playing in the main event either. You are entitled to say no once every year. This week both Helen and Mimmi were on the reserve list for the pro-am and I guess did not expect to play. Perhaps that was why the LPGA did not get through to any of them when they needed a reserve. Because of this Helen and Mimmi can now turn back home instead of spending Easter competing in a Major Championship. And the ironic thing is that had they only picked up the call they could have kindly said no. Just like Nathalie Gulbis, third on the reserve list did. It’s a funny game. But I am not sure Helen and Mimmi would agree with that…

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