Another reason to revamp the Solheim Cup

August 31, 2009

On a tour short on showcase events, it would seem a given that for one of them, the prestigious Solheim Cup, the LPGA would find a way to include a bloc of players that is integral to the future of women's golf.

Six South Koreans have won seven LPGA events this year, including the Safeway Classic on Sunday, when rookie Mi-Jung Hur beat Suzann Pettersen and Michele Redman in a playoff.

The Solheim Cup introduced us to several players who don't play on the LPGA and introduced us to none of the Koreans who do, including these 2009 winners: Jiyai Shin, Ji-Yung Oh, In-Kyung Kim, Eunjung Yi, Eun-Hee Ji and Hur.

Wouldn't it better for the future of the LPGA were they provided Solheim Cup exposure, to better acquaint U.S. fans with them?

For those arguing on behalf of the status quo, meanwhile, take note: Foreign players, including eight Asians, have won the last 10 LPGA events.

On those rare occasions when the spotlight finds women's golf, better to shine the light on the game's best and brightest.

-- John Strege