USGA Supports Michelle Wie Over 'Panties' Comment

USGA Supports Michelle Wie Over 'Panties' Comment

Michelle Wie Rudy Giuliani
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Golfing star Michelle Wie said: "It's not an invitation to look up my skirt" as she responded to Rudy Giuliani's crude story on Steve Bannon’s ‘War Room’ podcast.

USGA supports Michelle Wie Over 'Panties' Comment

Rudy Giuliani was appearing on Steve Bannon's podcast on Thursday to remember his friend and former radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who died on Wednesday.

Whilst Bannon and Giuliani chatted, the former New York Mayor recounted a tale involving Limbaugh and himself playing alongside Michelle Wie at the 2014 Els for Autism Pro-Am charity event.

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Giuliani said: "The paparazzi was driving us crazy! They're taking pictures! They're taking pictures! They're taking pictures!

"Anyway, on the green is Michelle Wie and she’s getting ready to putt. Now, Michelle Wie is gorgeous; she’s 6ft [tall] and she has a strange putting stance.

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Michelle Wie's putting stance. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

"She bends all the way over and her panties show. And the press was going crazy, they're trying to take pictures of her panties. I said, “Roger, it’s not me. It’s not you. It’s her panties."

Host Bannon didn't take to kindly to the story, though, as an awkward silence ensued before Giuliani asked: "Is that okay to tell that joke? I’m not sure."

"Well, you already told it, so I don’t know," Bannon replies, prompting Giuliani to giggle.

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Giuliani at the 2015 Hank's Yanks Golf Classic at Trump Golf Links Ferry Point (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

Upon hearing the comments made by Giuliani, Wie responded on Twitter saying: "It's unsettling to hear of this highly inappropriate story shared on a podcast by a public figure referencing my "panties" whilst playing in a charity-am.

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"What this person should have remembered from that day was the fact that I shot 64 and beat every male golfer in the field, leading our team to victory. I shudder thinking that he was smiling to my face and complimenting me on my game while objectifying me and referencing my "panties" behind my back all day.

"What should be discussed is the elite skill level that women play at, not what we wear or look like.

"My putting stance six years ago was designed to improve my putting stats (I ended up winning the US Open that year), NOT as an invitation to look up my skirt!

"Nike makes skirts with SHORTS built in underneath for this exact reason.... so that women can feel CONFIDENT and COMFORTABLE playing a game that we love."

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Many individuals and organisations have come out in support of Wie, with the USGA releasing a tweet saying: "Sexism has no place in golf or life. We are always in your corner, @MichelleWieWest."

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CBS's Amanda Balionis also announced her support for the former major winner, tweeting: "Amazing to me that this person feels THIS entitled to say something that wasn’t even a joke and -more importantly- showcases that there is still a very real group of powerful men who think of women as simply things to look at & objectify. Shoot 64? Win a major? Nope, panties."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x