A Brief Note On Professional Athletes And Women

1181 WordsDec 10, 20165 Pages
Professional golf is another sport where there are large discrepancies in pay between men and women, who are playing the exact same game. Golf is interesting because at the amateur level, men and women are treated equally (Saffer). At the USGA championships for amateurs there is no prize money since they are regarded as amateurs, but both genders receive a “trophy and the honor of representing the United States as its national champion for the year” (Saffer). The differences in prizes begin at the professional level where prize money is far from equal. The U.S. open seemed to be making progress in closing the gap, but has recently fell short of continuing to narrow this gap. In 1990 the women’s U.S. open awarded the winner $85,000, compared to the male counterpart who was awarded $220,000. The percentage of prize money that went to females was 38.6%. In 2000 the female winner was awarded $500,000, while the male winner was awarded $800,000. The percentage of prize money that was awarded to females was 62.5%. This was a large increase from 10 years ago. Since 2000, the tournament has taken a step back where the percentage of prize money awarded to females had dropped from 62.5% to 45%. The discrepancies in pay would make it seem that the men are twice as good as women, but that is not a fair assumption (Saffer). From the averages of the birdies shot by the best men and women one can see that the scores are equal. “The top 10 players in scoring average on the LPGA

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