The best golf article written in Australia this week must be Patrick’s Smith’s article in The Australian on Thursday – “What a tangled Webb we weave“. He mentions how some of the best sports stories aren’t reported by Australian sports journalists, particularly when the sports person is female and goes so far as to say the media coverage of women’s sports is sexist.Karrie Webb’s win last week was superb and a great story to see her winning again on the LPGA Tour but the coverage of it in Australia was ordinary. Aussie Golfer believes it also applies world-wide as there seems to have been more coverage of Anna Rawson’s role as the new GoDaddy girl than Webb’s win.
Your chances of finding your correct place on the news list diminishes if you are a woman. The media doesn’t rate women as athletes as much as it rates them as a picture story. Even then it’s best that you are attractive.
He goes on:
This disregard for women and their sport was so pronounced this week that the media should be garrotted. It clearly made a decision that the sex of a sports person should dictate the place on the news lists and broadcasts and not the feat itself.
Karrie Webb was sport’s great story this week. The former No1 woman golfer in the world won her first event on the US tour for more than two years. As she putted out on the 18th, she was in tears. You might expect that of a loser not a winner, but such has been Webb’s fight to find her best form that she was overwhelmed. You didn’t have to ask her how it felt to see Webb’s return to the winning list was a story, both moving and magnificent.
Fools discount Webb’s achievements because she does not act like a centrefold, does not roll around the fairways like Bill Murray at pro-ams, does not hit the ball as far as a lot of men on the major tours. But not every man drives it as far as Woods or John Daly yet they are still cherished by the media nonetheless.
The media’s coverage of women’s sport is sexist. Karrie Webb’s remarkable but untold comeback proves it.