In the history of women’s golf, there has surely never been a week like this; one where a major steeped in tradition stands alongside two new events filled with innovation in one case, and a landmark moment in the other.
A further point is this: why on earth would you put all three events on at the same time, competing for the same space, with each inevitably hurting the other? Only in golf, with its bewildering number of organisations.
Let’s concentrate on the good news, and shed a little light on the three events.
Home challenge at the ANA Inspiration will be led by the gifted Korda sisters, Nelly and Jessica
Over in California, the majors season kicks off with the ANA Inspiration, where the home challenge led by the gifted and photogenic Korda sisters, Nelly and Jessica — daughters of former Australian Open tennis champion Petr — will be joined by the equally talented Brits fronted by Georgia Hall and Charley Hull.
Looming over all of them, of course, will be the mighty contingent from the Far East, who have done so much to raise the standard of the women’s game.
While that’s taking place on one side of America, on the other will be the first staging of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship, with an international gathering including English trio Annabell Fuller, Alice Hewson and Lily May Humphreys, and Olivia Mehaffey from Northern Ireland.
Nelly (above) and Jessica are daughters of former Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda
'My dad gave me $16,000 to play mini-tour golf and I never asked for another dollar. I had to make putts when it mattered to clear money to fill my car for the drive home, and the coolest part of my career is that I learned how to do it, and it made me a stronger person.’
Kevin Kisner doesn’t have to worry about money any more with career earnings now nudging £15million following his victory at the WGC-Match Play. Born not far from Augusta National, he will never wow anyone from tee to green, but he would be one of the first you’d choose for a putt to win. He should have been at the last Ryder Cup, and will