Golf Digest has come a long way! Well, try some people might think they’ve come a long way and others might think they’re going back to a time when scantily clad women were put on the covers of magazines to help sales. Say, wait a minute, doesn’t Sports Illustrated still do that every year with a swimsuit issue?
If this doesn’t get young men playing golf again, I don’t know what will. The cover photo, right of Lexi Thomson who just turned 20.
More on the story from the Daily Mail:
At 12, she became the youngest player to appear in the U.S Women’s Open.
Now 20, Lexi Thompson can boast six professional championships and most recently, a provocative magazine cover.
The LPGA player, who has career earnings of almost $3million, will appear topless on the front of the May edition of Golf Digest – using only a towel to cover her torso.
She celebrated the shoot by tweeting: ‘I landed on the May cover of @GolfDigest ! So pumped to represent fitness & power.’
The decision has sparked a mixed response from readers.
PGA teaching pro Chance Scheffing told CBS New York: ‘I wasn’t sure if it was a Playboy ad, or if it was a Golf Digest ad.’
Golfer Morella Carta added: ‘I just think that this is a detriment to women, because I’d like to be recognized by being a good golfer; not about how my body looks like in the front page of a magazine.
‘I think that if we allow this to happen, we will never get to the place where we should be.’
It is the first time a pro-golfer has appeared on a ‘Fitness and Power’ issue cover – with past choices embroiling the publication in controversy.