Forget all the Tiger Woods daddy talk - LPGA golfers face the really tough parenthood choice
Released on = June 25, 2007, 1:59 pm
Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = Ask an LPGA pro how parenthood affects a golf career. Chris Baldwin\'s On the Spot column at TravelGolf.com
Press Release Body = How will Tiger Woods\' fatherhood affect his golf game? LPGA players, and even Nick Faldo, know it\'s a stupid question. Tiger will still be Tiger, but for women pro golfers deciding to become a parent means putting your career on the line.
When Morgan Pressel was asked a few weeks ago how Tiger Woods\' then-impending fatherhood would affect his golf game, she fired a birdie to the heart of a stupid question.
\"How would it hurt him?\" Pressel asked. \"He\'s a guy.\"
Yes, there is a whole other tour of professional golfers who know how overblown this Daddy Tiger debate truly is.
If you\'re a female athlete, having a baby becomes more than just an existential exercise. It\'s a decision that must be weighed carefully against your entire athletic career, which it\'s guaranteed to effect in real, physical ways - and that\'s just the beginning.
A lot of sports columnists are delighting in playing Dr. Spock when it comes to Tiger\'s ruthless competitive drive in the aftermath of Sam Alexis\' arrival. But it\'s a safe bet Woods himself didn\'t spend much time ruminating over how fatherhood was going to impact his career before Elin got pregnant.
For one thing, he is not naive, or stupid. He knows he and Elin are going to have a platoon of nannies bigger than some developing countries\' militaries. Forget Hillary Clinton\'s village. The Woods are going to have a well-paid staff.
That typical first-time-parent fretting over being able to get a babysitter to go to a movie every few months is not a concern for them. Even if many sportswriters - people who are paid to know better - often seem ignorant of these basic truths.
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June 25, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.