Tour Photos: Red State vs Blue State

Red State Freedom vs Blue State Serfdom
Top: Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith pose with the trophy after winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 25, 2021 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann via Getty Images); Bottom: Brooke Henderson poses with the check after winning the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open at Wilshire CC on April 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images)

On Sunday at TPC Louisiana, the duo of Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith claimed victory at the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, beating South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel with a par on the first playoff hole in an alternate-shot format.

The Aussies won in the deep red state of Louisiana, and were allowed to celebrate their PGA Tour victory as free human beings, smiling for posterity, and breathing in the fresh air.

Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith Win Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana
Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith pose with the trophy after winning in a playoff hole during the final round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on April 25, 2021 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann via Getty Images)

Throughout the week, at TPC Louisiana, golf fans got to take it all in, enjoying a cold beverage, and some fresh outdoor air while watching world-class PGA Tour golf – with the vast majority going, dare we say, mask-less.

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith plays a shot from a bunker on the 2nd hole during the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 25, 2021 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Brooke Henderson won her 10th career LPGA victory at the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA L.A. Open, edging American Jessica Korda by one stroke.

The Canadian won her title in California, though – the most repressive state in the union, and was forced to wear a massive mask during the trophy presentation. The result was the 23-year old looking more like a submissive serf in some third-world country than a freshly-minted golf champion celebrating a milestone victory in the United States of America.

Brooke Henderson Big Mask
Brooke Henderson is presented with a check by Peter Sim after winning the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open at Wilshire CC on April 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images)

And, no the grim looking photo below is not somewhere in North Korea. It’s the final round of the LPGA’s Los Angeles Open on an empty desolate golf course. The repressive authoritarian-run state would not allow any spectators.

Brooke Henderson
Brooke Henderson hits off the 17th tee during the final round of the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open at Wilshire CC on April 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Communism looks so exciting!

Will the winner of June’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines be forced to wear a mask during the trophy presentation?

Time will tell.


The opinions in this post are those of the author, and not Pro Golf Weekly.


2 COMMENTS

  1. The photo of the empty gloomy-looking golf course is even more contrasting than the mask photos. That‘s how you’d envision a golf tournament looking like in a communist dictatorial country. Depressing and bleak.

  2. I know we have free press, I thought you’re a golf sports reporter not a political republican’ commentator. I do live in beautiful Southern California, proud to follow local and state Covid guidelines in order to be considered, tolerant and for everyone safety. Couldn’t care less what they do in the red states in regard to the trophy presentation, thanks god I don’t live in those states.

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