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Monday
May012017

LPGA Tour Event Giving Field Spot To Twitter Poll Winner

And there is something these four finalists have in common. I've been trying to put a finger on it...just can't quite get it. Anyway, they are the lucky four, that we know!

Here is the ShopRite LPGA Classic Tweet, and do make sure to go read the fan backlash. While I'm all for sponsors invites being used as an event sees fit, the response on Twitter suggests this stunt may backfire.

As GolfDigest.com's Alex Myers notes, the tournament is working with MVP Index on this idea. That is the media tracking firm founded by Shawn Spieth, father of Jordan.

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Reader Comments (17)

This is such a slippery slope to be going down for women's sports.

Curious who else is behind it. Probably the same agent or something. Lot of Puma players.
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRon
To be fair Carly can play. She's won a couple of LET events- but this does send out a very strange message!
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Visit Grill Room Social Snapshots on the GC website for the answer. It can be found in every 3rd-4th photo.
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Could have sworn this was a golf competition, not 8th grade student council.
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell
Aw hell, it's not as if they can't play at all.
05.2.2017 | Unregistered Commenterkenoneputt
Blair will win and hopefully the Instagram drama queen of the links be the looper. Flexible dress codes apply.
05.2.2017 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Just searched them all up. Ridiculous to give a sponsor exemption based on looks...BTW, I vote for Ms Benevides
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKPK
Predictable, but disappointing nonetheless.
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJimothy
Shoprite is being a bad steward of the LPGA brand.

They need to promote athletic ideals over their own self interest when they put their name on a professional women's sporting event.

The people running the event don't look like the philosophical type. I hope they are smart enough to be embarrassed at least.
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRon
Once the hordes of #kerrnation organize and get behind one finalist, the competition will be all over but the shouting.
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Serious question: will the winner of this poll be under a contractual agreement to wear a bikini during her 2 rounds?
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCroDad
Eh, the purpose of a sponsor's invitation is to benefit the sponsor.

Ultimately, though, this may NOT benefit the sponsor. Though I can see how they thought it would.
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterErik J. Barzeski
Also just funny they hid behind Spieth's company.

Like "Hey we just said give us your best 4 and we took em. It's pretty sophisticated."
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRon
@Crodad: Good question. If you're right it'll probably be a Puma brand 2piece.
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
I have no issue with it at all. Why should a sponsor be obligated to offer up a spot to a nondescript, middling tour pro who wouldn't generate one word of press? What's wrong with a little entertainment? I say let all four of them in and have them play together!
05.2.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSchlasser
Absolutely ridiculous! A sponsor's exemption based on a popularity contest??? Are you serious? Some of these players need to leave the social media out of it and simply play their way into the event.
05.3.2017 | Unregistered Commenternolo2124
About 4:30 PST, the running score was:

7% Benavides

31% Booth

25% Nicollet

37% ONeal
05.3.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGutta Percha

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