SOTOGRANDE (Spain): French golfer Jean van de Velde said here on Thursday that he intends to enter next year's women's British Open from Aug 3-6 to protest the decision to allow women to play in the male equivalent.
“I think it's a nice joke. No discrimination to anyone, but it's a farce,” said Van de Velde at the Volvo Masters of the move to allow women taking on the men.
“My whole point is where do we draw the line. If we accept that women can enter our tournaments then it applies that men can play with women.
“I am definitely going to approach them to get an application and if they let me play in the qualifying event then I will. I'll even wear a kilt and shave my legs.
“I am making a point. I'm not trying to take a sexist stance. I think there are much more important matters. I think our governing body should concentrate on the long putter, checking clubs. Things like that, not this.” – AFP