Peter Malnati hasn’t been shy relating to sharing his opinions since becoming a member of the PGA Tour coverage board, however he discovered himself selecting his phrases very rigorously when talking about Lexi Thompson on Tuesday.
Thompson, who owns 11 profession LPGA victories, was given an exemption for subsequent week’s Shriners Youngsters’s Open in Las Vegas, which is a PGA Tour occasion. Malnati was shocked by the transfer, stating that the tour does not have to “resort to gimmicks,” however he shortly had a change of coronary heart.
“I should not have mentioned that,” Malnati mentioned. “I do not know that having Lexi play is a gimmick, however I do not suppose the tournaments are going to should go to these type of lengths to drum up curiosity and get storylines that they will promote as a result of I feel these occasions are literally going to have plenty of which means.
“Like I mentioned, change is difficult for everybody at each degree, so I assume if you happen to’re a number group of a match … you simply do not know proper now for positive what you will have anymore as a result of the autumn is totally reimagined.”
On the very least, Malnati mentioned he believes Thompson’s entry into the 132-woman subject will catch folks’s eye.
“Having Lexi play actually will get plenty of headlines, and if that is the purpose for Shriners and the host group in Vegas there, that is nice,” Malnati mentioned. “Clearly, she’s an expert athlete. She’s completed so much.”
Malnati, 36, caught to his steadfast opinion again in June, when he made feedback relating to an absence of belief that gamers have within the tour following its framework settlement with Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund. He famous that it might take time for the connection between the 2 sides to be fastened.
Malnati will likely be taking part in on this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. He final appeared within the Fortinet Championship, ending tied for eleventh on Sept. 17.