New Golf Care study SHOCKINGLY reveals sexism still rife among UK golfers

A quarter of people think male golfers deserve to be paid more, according to Golf Care's latest study. 

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Mon, 6 Mar 2023
New Golf Care Study SHOCKINGLY reveals sexism is still rife among UK golfers

A new study has shockingly revealed the extent of sexism among UK golfers, with one in seven men arguing that women shouldn’t be allowed to play.

Golf Care polled 2,011 UK residents on their views and participation in golf and 21 other sports.

When asked whether gender inequality exists within UK golf, almost a quarter said they don’t believe it’s an issue.

It comes following criticism of Tiger Woods, who handed a tampon to Justin Thomas during the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles.

Many people interpreted the gesture as inappropriate and a confirmation that sexist attitudes are still a problem in the professional game.



The study found significant bias in TV viewing habits, with 28% of men saying they have watched men’s golf in the past, compared to just 11% who have watched the women’s equivalent.

Just 58% of survey respondents agreed that women’s golf should have equal TV coverage to men.

When asked about major golf tournaments, 55% of those surveyed said there should be a female version of The Masters

However, one in 10 men disagree, arguing that The Masters should remain a men’s only golf competition.

In addition, when asked about the gender pay gap in sport, a quarter of people said that male players deserve to be paid more than their female counterparts. This rose to 35% amongst male respondents.

The world’s highest paid male golfer is Phil Mickelson, who earned an eye-watering $138m (£114.6m) in 2022.

The highest paid professional female golfer in 2022, meanwhile, was Minjee Lee, who took home a total of $7.3m (£6m). 

Finally, it’s not just women out on the fairways who are discriminated against.

Almost one in 10 people said that the opinions of female pundits are less valid than that of their male counterparts.

This view was most prevalent among survey respondents aged 55 and over, whilst younger age groups were less inclined to agree.

John Woosey, Founder of Golf Care, said:

"Although some progress has certainly been made to encourage female participation in golf, this data shows just how pervasive sexism is – both within golf and more widely throughout society.
"For too long, golf clubs and the professional game have been seen as a “boy’s club” and this needs to urgently change if golf is to have a place in the future of sport."

Check out Golf Care's full study here

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