MOBILE, Ala. – Today I played in my first LPGA pro-am. For years I’ve heard commissioners hail the LPGA pro-am as one of the best experiences in all of sports. Where else can someone compete side-by-side with a professional athlete for more than four hours? What’s more, they say, LPGA players are incredibly fun.
My pro: Sun Young Yoo, the 2012 Kraft Nabisco champion. After Yoo’s Sunday evening interview in Palm Springs, Calif., I wasn’t sure what to expect from the seemingly quiet Korean. Yoo emerged victorious after a whirlwind finish at the Kraft and looked somewhat shocked as she sat with a mic in her hand, bundled up in the champion’s robe. Most of the media in the room, including this scribe, didn’t know much about Yoo. Heck, we barely watched her play much golf that week.
When the media see Yoo’s name atop the leaderboard, they ask themselves the same questions amateurs do when they draw Yoo as a pro-am partner: How good is her English? Will she engage?
Yoo probably had no idea she’d wind up with three members of the media in the Wednesday pro-am. Can’t think of a better opportunity to put the LPGA’s product to the test. More>>