Golf glamour girl Paige Spiranac is one of the highest-profile personalities in the world of fairways and greens.
But Spiranac, 29, is not a tour superstar for the LPGA, she is an Instagram influencer with more followers than both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy (3.7 million!). Plus, her podcast, Playing A Round, is a must-listen for duffers.
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And Spiranac — named the most beautiful woman in the world by Maxim — has left a big mark on the conservative sport with cleavage-baring, low-cut tops and tiny skirts.
But not everyone is enamoured with Colorado-born beauty. For example, she regularly slams LIV Golf.
“From the first golf ball I ever hit, I dedicated everything I had to being a pro golfer,” Spiranac said. “I practiced every single day, morning until night. It was my only goal.”
Despite being a highly touted college golfer, Spiranac never quite made the cut for the LPGA. So she reinvented herself as a pundit and the world’s first golf influencer.
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And she has been controversial.
She has feuded with LIVE Golf pooh-bah Phil Mickelson who slammed a PGA golfer for showing four inches of ankle. Spiranac fired back: “If Phil thinks that’s four inches, I feel sorry for his wife.”
In fact, the blond beauty has most often slammed the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf, celeb chef Salt Bae for chasing Lionel Messi. She joked: “LIV players trying to say hi to Rory (McIlroy) at the Masters.”
But she backed Tiger Woods for his Tampon Gate prank in February. She wrote: “If anyone tries to cancel Tiger over this we riot. It’s funny.
“It’s interesting to see women outraged by Tiger slipping JT a tampon after out driving him but those same women will quickly tear me down for how I’ve decided to build my business. You can’t pick and choose when to be a feminist.”
She also blasted the golf world for its hidebound dress codes.
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But she has more than a few famous fans, including the husband of tennis great Serena Williams. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said: “Just had a call with Paige Spiranac — she’s the real deal. Every brand trying to understand how to tell a story to the *next* generation of golf fans should be paying attention.”
Acknowledging her mostly male fan base, Spiranac joked: “This just in. Men like golf and boobs.”
Along the way there have been numerous bogus Spiranac accounts and the world’s Mrs. Parkers have taken her to task for some of her racy ensembles.
“I’ve been bullied my entire life,” she has said. “I get slut shamed, I get harassed, I get death threats for wearing the stuff that I do. No one ever looks at the person I am or the good work that I do.”
Some of the jealousy reportedly comes from golfers of the LPGA who allegedly resent Spiranac’s popularity.