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    Van de Velde wants to play in Women's British
    Associated Press

    SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- French golfer Jean Van de Velde will attempt to enter next year's Women's British Open because he is upset women may qualify for the 2006 British Open.

    "I'll even wear a kilt and shave my legs," said Van de Velde, who six years ago botched a chance for a British Open title in one of the great collapses in a major.

    Recent policy set by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club will allow women to qualify for next year's British Open.

    "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."

    The 39-year-old Frenchman said he would get an application and attempt to qualify. Next year's Women's British Open is Aug. 3-6 at Royal Lytham.

    The event is run by the Ladies' Golf Union, which established a gender policy this year that says: "It shall be a condition of any competition organized by the Ladies' Golf Union that players must be of the female gender."

    Andy Salmon, chief executive officer of the LGU, said Thursday there was no plan to change the rule.

    The LGU this season established a formal gender policy sanctioning players who had sex-change operations to become females. The best known example was Danish-born Australian Mianne Bagger, who played some LGU events in 2005.

    "I just don't understand it, and if my application is not accepted I will definitely get advice and see how far it will go," Van de Velde said. "I am making a point. I'm not trying to take a sexist stance."

    "I think there are much more important matters," he added. "I think our governing body should concentrate on the long putter, checking clubs. Things like that, not this."

    Former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane suggested a change in the rules could end women's golf.

    "Do they want 100 men trying to qualify?" he asked. "If they do there won't be any spots left for them."

    At the 1999 British Open, Van de Velde led by three strokes going to the 72nd hole, then wound up losing the tournament in a playoff.[/b][/quote]

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  • #2
    I saw this on the Brady Bunch. Poor Peter.
    Dude. Can. Fly.

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    • #3
      [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/roll2.gif[/img]

      In the light of his British open failure, I find this hilarious.
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      • #4
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        At the 1999 British Open, Van de Velde led by three strokes going to the 72nd hole, then wound up losing the tournament in a playoff.[/b][/quote]

        The last time this guy was relevant
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        • #5
          What makes him think he'd *qualify* for the Women's British Open?

          Wie would kick his ass.
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          • #6
            I say let him try. It will be even funnier when he loses.
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            • #7
              QUOTE(ChiTownBluesFan @ Oct 27 2005, 04:45 PM) Quoted post

              What makes him think he'd *qualify* for the Women's British Open?

              Wie would kick his ass.
              [/b][/quote]
              Wie better get those rules down first [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]

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              • #8
                They should make him wear a skirt and shave his legs.
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                • #9
                  QUOTE(JWB @ Oct 27 2005, 04:47 PM) Quoted post

                  They should make him wear a skirt and shave his legs.
                  [/b][/quote]

                  You'd enjoy that too much.
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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(lasvegasreb @ Oct 27 2005, 04:49 PM) Quoted post

                    QUOTE(JWB @ Oct 27 2005, 04:47 PM) Quoted post

                    They should make him wear a skirt and shave his legs.
                    [/b][/quote]

                    You'd enjoy that too much.
                    [/b][/quote]

                    Hey man, if seeing men in skirts with shaven legs is wrong, then I don't wanna be right.
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                    • #11
                      I love the French.
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                      • #12
                        I agree with him.

                        chicks on the LPGA tour make more than their Eurpoean or Nationwide tour counterparts.

                        Now they want to compete on the PGA? Why shouldn't the men get a shot at the bigger money of the LPGA tour?
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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(JWB @ Oct 27 2005, 04:47 PM) Quoted post

                          They should make him wear a skirt and shave his legs.
                          [/b][/quote]
                          and then still disqualify him.

                          and really, does this guy have nothing better to do than bitch and moan?

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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(JWB @ Oct 27 2005, 04:47 PM) Quoted post

                            They should make him wear a skirt and shave his legs.
                            [/b][/quote]


                            I think he's looking for another reason besides Halloween to dress up in mommy's clothes and go out in public.

                            I work with a guy who dressed up every year as a woman for Halloween....He recently had the operation.

                            I'm telling you, this is how it starts!

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                            • #15
                              thats awesome. Good for him.

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