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From Alex Myers, Golf Digest:

LPGA-sponsor dinner drama: The CEO and chairman of CME Group, Terry Duffy, had some pretty spicy words for the LPGA after an awkward situation at a pre-tournament event at the Ritz-Carlton’s Triburon Golf Club. Apparently, Duffy wanted to highlight some of the best golfers in the world during a speech, but when they panned to the audience, none of the 11 who had RSVP’d were there. Ouch. “It’s an embarrassment to a company of my size and an embarrassment to me personally,” Duffy told Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols. And he added, “I am exceptionally disappointed with the leadership of the LPGA. They better get their act together because they’re going to lose people like me over stuff like this.”

Look, no one likes going to corporate gigs, but it’s part of the gig. And people like him are the reason they were handing out $2 million to the winner on Sunday. When you’re a tour fighting for more recognition/exposure/prize money, you should go even more out of your way in this area. Of course, LPGA commissioner Molly Marcoux Samaan deserves most of the blame. That's just how it goes when you're in charge.

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Worst thing for the lpga was Mike whan leaving. 

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Apparently there was a lot of miscommunication. Michelle Wie on the NLU podcast went into it a little and I guess there was a communication breakdown between the tour and the players. 

Hopefully no lasting damage!

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Hard to believe there could be miscommunication on if you were going to the dinner or not.  Sounds to me like Michelle Wie is covering some tracks for those who bailed out.  None of these tours can afford to tick off their sponsors especially the biggest ones.  Not a good look for the new commissioner.

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1 hour ago, Caddie1966 said:

Hard to believe there could be miscommunication on if you were going to the dinner or not.  Sounds to me like Michelle Wie is covering some tracks for those who bailed out.  None of these tours can afford to tick off their sponsors especially the biggest ones.  Not a good look for the new commissioner.

I don't recall all the details, but there was a cancellation with Serena Williams as well for the same dinner. 

She admitted it was awful that it happened and expressed her appreciation for all that the sponsor had done and more. 

Yes, not a good look and very unfortunate that it happened so hopefully there will be some mending afterwards. 

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The women's side of golf is the fastest growing of all segments, and will be into the future, therefore, Fxxk 'em!   Sponsors sponsor to get their name in the spotlight.  Look to CME on this one for the blame, lack of communication is what I'd guess?  Stay proud, don't give an inch!

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1 hour ago, etheP47 said:

The women's side of golf is the fastest growing of all segments, and will be into the future, therefore, Fxxk 'em!   Sponsors sponsor to get their name in the spotlight.  Look to CME on this one for the blame, lack of communication is what I'd guess?  Stay proud, don't give an inch!

Hot take of all hot takes. The womens tour grew because of Mike whan. If the new commissioner doesn’t do her job and the members don’t honor their obligations the growth will stop and the large amount of money coming will go away. 

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2 hours ago, etheP47 said:

The women's side of golf is the fastest growing of all segments, and will be into the future, therefore, Fxxk 'em!   Sponsors sponsor to get their name in the spotlight.  Look to CME on this one for the blame, lack of communication is what I'd guess?  Stay proud, don't give an inch!

So piss the Sponsors off that are paying the prize money… interesting take for sure.

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11 hours ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

I don't recall all the details, but there was a cancellation with Serena Williams as well for the same dinner. 

She admitted it was awful that it happened and expressed her appreciation for all that the sponsor had done and more. 

Yes, not a good look and very unfortunate that it happened so hopefully there will be some mending afterwards. 

 

... The women usually bend over backwards for their sponsors. I have to think this was a one time mistake, albeit a really big one. But my guess is they will make up for it in the future. 

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