As generation gaps go, it doesn’t get much more glaring than this. Jessica Korda, who withdrew from the Ricoh Women’s British Open with a forearm injury that, while not career-threatening, appeared to be serious, announced just before 5 p.m. on Monday that she would not be able to play in the upcoming Solheim Cup. Korda was one of the qualifiers for the American team.
But here’s the kicker: She made the announcement on Twitter catching everybody – including LPGA officials – off guard.
— Jessica Korda (@Thejessicakorda) August 7, 2017
When The Post reached out to the LPGA upon seeing the tweet, the official we spoke with had no idea about Korda’s condition or her decision to withdraw. Similarly, when we reached out to Inkster via text, she replied, “I’m on an airplane.”
In fact, Inkster was on her way to San Diego for the U.S. Women’s Amateur when the news broke.
Representatives from IMG told The Post that Korda had, in fact, informed Inkster of her decision prior to the captain’s flight from Scotland to San Diego. “It’s just a case of bad timing,” an IMG spokesperson said. “Jess probably didn’t think, nor did we, that she had to tell the LPGA if she’d told the captain. No one’s at fault. Just the joys of international travel.”
According to the LPGA, both captains placed the name of an alternate in an envelope when they announced their captain’s picks. According to the Captain’s Agreement, once the teams were finalized, the alternates must replace any injured players.
Inkster will announce the name in the envelope at some point. But not from 35,000 feet. And certainly not via Twitter.
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