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Olympic gold medalist CAITLYN JENNER’s powerful, personal plea to keep trans athletes out of women’s sports: Born-male golfer Hailey Davidson wasn’t on the same level as the men… but she’s winning over the best women – and that’s unfair to the tee

Transgender athlete Hailey Davidson must recognize that golf is a game of integrity and withdraw from the women’s competition.

Then the Ladies Professional Golf Association should follow suit, seize this chance and reverse their grave mistake – and restore the spirit of one of the longest-running women’s professional sports associations in the world.

Let me be clear – I do not come to these conclusions easily.

As the world’s greatest female athlete at 26, a lifelong news and sports commentator, and the patriarch of one of the world’s most famous families, I have an obligation to add my voice to the raging, evolving debate about transgenderism and elite athletic competition.

The contentious issue has resurfaced as the 30-year-old Davidson competes for a spot on the LPGA Tour after winning the NXXT Women’s Classic last week.

Today, too many people are afraid to even speak out for fear of cancellation or retaliation.

Well, I’m not afraid – and my gaze, humbly, can cut through so much noise.

When I competed in the Olympics, I only thought about my competition. I deeply respected and of course devoted every fiber of my being to defeating them on equal terms.

But with respect, Davidson (who asks to be addressed by their/them pronouns) cannot claim to compete with the same esprit de corps.

Transgender athlete Hailey Davidson must recognize that golf is a game of integrity and withdraw from the women’s competition.

As the world’s greatest female athlete at 26, a lifelong news and sports commentator, and the patriarch of one of the world’s most famous families, I have an obligation to add my voice to the raging, evolving debate about transgenderism and elite athletic competition.

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I am a transgender person who started golfing in my 50s, I play amateur, non-competitive, alongside men and women of all ages. I know for a fact that there are physical differences between men and women that modern medicine cannot erase—especially after individuals go through male puberty.

And Davidson, who began transitioning in his 20s and had sex-reassignment surgery six years later, is stronger than his rivals.

Davidson responded to some of this criticism by claiming that their strength had declined significantly since the «transition».

«It’s crazy how much misinformed hate I’ve received so far today,» Davidson wrote on Instagram. “All these people (think) I hit it 300 yards or even 280 yards. How about 250 on a good day.’

Maybe that’s true. But a 250-yard drive would put Davidson among the LGPA’s 13 longest-driving players today.

I am a transgender person who started golfing in my 50s, I play amateur, non-competitive, alongside men and women of all ages.

Davidson responded to some of this criticism by claiming that their strength had declined significantly since the «transition».

Davidson has never been as dominant as a male athlete.

I had several off-the-record conversations with people in the competitive golf world, including those with the PGA, LPGA, LIV, Aramco, ownership groups and sponsors.

Their private feedback is overwhelmingly consistent.

Davidson was an average male golfer who never had a real chance to make it in the PGA. But now Davidson is in the running for one of the most sought-after jobs in women’s sports.

How is that fair to women?

Why can’t Davidson, who won a college scholarship as a male athlete, compete with men?

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The telling answer, which some trans athletes in the golf world — and beyond — will never admit is that they would never make that cut.

Davidson has become a vivid example of what many trans people and allies fear — a seemingly self-absorbed individual who does not think about the consequences of his actions and may actually harm others.

Finally, I ask the LPGA: isn’t it time to admit you made a mistake?

The LPGA was founded in 1950 by 13 ambitious women who wanted to give female golfers a place to compete and win. Established some 30 years ago, the PGA tournament has always been open to both men and women. But the only woman to ever make the cut on the PGA Tour was at the 1945 Los Angeles Open.

Davidson, who began transitioning in his 20s and had sex reassignment surgery six years later, is stronger than his rivals.

I know for a fact that there are physical differences between men and women that modern medicine cannot erase—especially after individuals go through male puberty. (Above) Rose Zhang (right) of the USA walks with the pack during the third round of the 2023 LPGA Maybank Championship

It wasn’t until 1981 that Kathy Whitworth became the first player to earn $1 million in career earnings. Professional female golfers on the LPGA Tour are playing for a total of $118 million in prize money today.

This is an incredible achievement.

The LPGA Tour was also at the forefront of the fight for equal rights, notably rejecting the «Caucasian only» policy before its first black member joined in 1963.

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To the tour’s credit, I believe the LPGA’s heart was in the right place. However, when the association voted in 2010 to remove the gender assigned «at birth» requirement from its bylaws and allow transgender individuals who have undergone gender reassignment surgery to compete, they made a mistake.

The LPGA’s unfortunate decision put the LPGA on a slippery slope. More opportunities will likely be taken away from women, further undermining the LPGA’s mission and casting a negative light on transgender individuals.

It is not about one person, one governing body or one sport.

This is a simple issue of fairness… and integrity.

Golf should lead.

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