After the tours announced their formal partnership social media went crazy with questions about how the alliance would work, possible positive outcomes and questions about if joint events would take place. Only hours after the statement LPGA and PGA Tour professionals were able to answer questions about what the association between both tours could generate for the growth of golf in general.
The world No. 3 and highest-ranked American Lexi Thompson was one of the first players to share her excitement on the news and the possibility of having joint events with the men.
“I always get suggestions on Twitter that I should have friendly matches with guys on the PGA Tour and the fans would love to see that. Having a mixed team, Rickie (Fowler) and me against Rory (McIlroy) and Lydia would definitely draw in a younger audience and grow the fan base for golf.”
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy was one of the first to be questioned on the men’s side about the possibility of mixed events. The Irish player mentioned that such events could have a positive outcome and could even emulate the formats that take place in the tennis Grand Slams.
“That worked well,” McIlroy said, adding, “It would help the women get a little bit more exposure, and so in a way it would be great for the game. I guess having a day in between play is fine, because that’s what happens in the Grand Slams of tennis,” McIlroy stated.
Top-ranked New Zealander and world No.1 Lydia Ko recalled the success of the U.S. Opens in 2014 when the men and women played in back-to-back weeks in North Caroline. The spillover effect of bigger crowds during the event was notorious and this could highly benefit the ladies tour.
“It was a really good experience for me to be able to watch men’s golf as well, to see it live. Working with the PGA Tour will grow our tour, help us with more exposure and grab the attention of sponsors and fans.”
If after exploring the possibilities of creating such events both tours decide to go forward any plans the outcome would only be positive for the growth of golf in general and not a specific tour. Thus reaching the main goal of their partnership.