Golfer Anna Rawson spoke a little too candidly to an Australian radio station about the state of women's golf and now she's feeling the wrath of an angry Aussie media.
Rawson, while participating in the Ladies' ANZ Masters in Australia, made these unfortunate comments during a local radio station interview:
"The tour has got so much better with so many young stars and great players. But the mentality unfortunately amongst the media and the industry hasn't changed....They still think we're at 25 years ago when the tour was full of, you know, a lot of dykes and unattractive females nobody wanted to watch."
And apparently she did not not mean a water-stopping embankment in the first part. Now the golf media world is chasing her around, making her feel bad and asking her to clarify her statements. She's not doing that very well:
"I wasn't talking about my opinion because 25 years ago I was two years old," she said yesterday after shooting 70 in the second round of the Masters, enough to finish the day tied 20th on three-under.
"I was making a reference to how I feel society sees women's golf as a whole. I don't believe that. I wouldn't want anyone to think that was my opinion and I am sorry I said that, definitely.
"I was making a reference to how women make seven times less than men on the course and 20-to-25 times less on the sponsorship front. It's amazing how women's golf has grown and we have many great young players out here, yet society and the media haven't really caught on to that.
"That's what I was talking about, I wasn't talking about my opinion at all."
She also burst into tears on the podium during the press conference. Poor thing. But this isn't the first time Rawson's insinuated women's golf is a little lesbianic. Let's go back to this Men's Health profile from September 2008:
"I have penis envy," Anna Rawson lets slip as she sits in the corner lounge of an upscale Manhattan hotel. "I could never be with a woman, because I'm just fascinated by what men can do with their bodies that we can't." She says this loudly, as if she's often asked about the lesbian subculture that exists in her line of work — professional golf. Then she leans in conspiratorially, whispering, "This interview will definitely get me in trouble."
Well, it didn't then.