Those of you who have been following this blog over time know that I am a big fan of the LPGA and women in golf generally. This post from the early days is my primary evidence, “Something In The Way She Moves.” That and the fact that I have been granted media credentials to the Founders Cup event here in Phoenix coming up on five years. And, of course, all the posts and player interviews I did during those weeks (Yani Tseng (3), Gerina Piller, Sandra Gal (2), Lexi Thompson, Ryan O’Toole, Paige Mackenzie, Na Yeon Choi, Ai Miyazato, Lydia Ko and asked questions of other marquee players and the daily leaders in the media center).
One of the stalwart reporters on the LPGA beat is Beth Ann Nichols writing for Golfweek. Not only does she write great stuff about the Tour, she also interacts with the players as if they were the best of friends. The LPGA is a very close knit family and it is not unusual at all for players to be just hanging out in the media center chatting. And Beth Ann is right at home in the middle of it.
And so it was from that heartfelt perspective that she looked into the one thing none of the players want to think about: retiring. I saw her tweet on her column, “LPGA pros’ hard choice: When to walk away,” a November offering republished this week.
It is rich in stories of the tour afterlife, what triggered them and how much harder it’s getting to have an extended career. I enjoyed it as much on the second read.