LPGA pro Mel Reid has blasted the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins game on Sunday night for featuring just male golfers in Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.
Reid, 32, fired live golf's return to television screens by claiming the charity match - that went on to raise more than $5.5 million for coronavirus relief efforts - missed a huge opportunity "once again, to reperesent equality".
Is golf really back? pic.twitter.com/HAM3Jops9G— Mel Reid (@melreidgolf) May 17, 2020
"Is golf really back," tweeted Reid, with a longer note in her picture.
"I know right now is a tough time for most so I can only speak for the world I am involved in," wrote Reid.
"Yet again, today we show the disparity between men's and women's golf.
"Today's charity event should showcase 'golf' not just men's golf. What an opportunity golf has let slip, once again, to represent equality.
"I would love to have witnessed women athletes / golfers be invited to showcase the wonderful game as well as these incredible male golfers.
"Respect us as athletes. I look forward to the day for us to be included."
Reid's post has caused a stir on social media, with both golf fans and fellow LPGA pros and analysts getting involved.
Henni Zuel, who used to work for Sky Sports Golf before moving to GOLFTV, was very much on the side of Reid's argument.
"Not taking away anything from the great job done by all but next time round I would LOVE to see more diversity both on the course and in the commentary team," tweeted Zuel.
So glad all 200 of your followers saw this, let me help your reach. https://t.co/lc4ixy2xMA— Mel Reid (@melreidgolf) May 17, 2020
So you play on the PGA tour? https://t.co/capTfSlwoJ— Mel Reid (@melreidgolf) May 17, 2020
McIlroy and Johnson went on to win the skins match with 11 skins ($1,850,000), with Fowler and Wolff on 7 skins ($1,150,000).
The match in total raised more than $5.5 million for COVID-19 relief.