Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Brief And Obvious Point About A 15-Year-Old Winning An LPGA Event

The rest of the competitors can't be very good. (Oh, and since the previous record-winner was a 16 year old who won last year? It hasn't been good for a while, and it's not getting any better.)

MLB used to have very young people play the game pretty routinely, Bob Feller being the best example. As the game has gotten more popular all over the world, which has created new sources of talent, this has been drummed out. Now, when a 21-year-old sets the world on fire, it's news, and big news at that.

A similar situation has occurred, by the way, with pitchers swinging the bats. Basically, the better the pitching gets, the worse that a de facto layman is going to do against it. Pitchers, by the numbers, are hitting worse than ever, and you can't just lay all of that on the DH, since that's been around for 40 years now. Besides, with inter-league play, pitchers should be getting better, not worse, since every staff in the league now practices more on it. But the numbers are going down, not up.

Anyhoo... this is simple: if a player who does not have the benefit of years of training and practice, along with experience and full physical maturity, can beat fully grown competitors over not just one day of golf, but four... In a sport where you don't have to be freakishly youth-flexible to compete...

Well, sure, the young player is exceptional to overcome the handicap.

But it's not as if she's beating an undeniably strong group, either.

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