French golfer Jean Van de Velde, heretofore known as one of the biggest chokers in history, having squandered a three-stroke lead on the last hole of the 1999 British Open, now wants to enter next Women’s British Open. Another Renee Richards? No — a protest against women being allowed to qualify for the 2006 British Open. From this AP report:
“My whole point is where do we draw the line?” Van de Velde asked after shooting a 7-over-par 78 Thursday in the first round of the Volvo Masters. “If we accept that women can enter our tournaments, then it applies that men can play with women.”
Wow, a cheesy French accent, a stunning grasp of illogic, and a 7-over-par opening round. Sounds another great day for Jean! Here’s a challenge: Van De Velde vs. women’s teenage phenom Michelle Wie, any course, any day. I got 10G for charity on Michelle.