Let us dress like female athletes, says prominent LPGA golfer Sandra Gal
Female golfers should be able to dress attractively like tennis players, says prominent LPGA player Sandra Gal.
However, the German golfer, who has been voted "hottest golfer" by the Golf Digest, disagreed with most of the governing body's standards.
"The only point I agree with is that there should not be low-cut tops, but I've never really seen that be an issue," she told Sports Illustrated.
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"I think racerbacks look great on women and I think short skirts have been around forever, especially in tennis, and I don't think it's hurt that sport at all, considering they play for the same prize money as the men.
"Our main objective is clear: play good golf. But part of being a woman, and especially a female-athlete, is looking attractive and sporty and fit, and that's what women's tennis does so well. Why shouldn't we? I've talked to a few other players and, like me, they don't agree with it, either."
While Gal, who finished 27th at the US Women's Open, said most golfers she had talked to disagreed with the new standards, US golfer Christina Kim applauded the steps.
"I may sound like an old fuddy-duddy, but this is our place of business and I think players should look professional. Do you really need ventilation for your side-boob? It's not going to make your score better."
The list of strict no-nos has been slammed as "slut-shaming" by Teen Vogue and is seen to be a backwards step for the sport, that is trying to appeal to millennials as it makes efforts to modernise the game.