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Nearly four decades after Billie Jean King handed notorious chauvinist Bobby Riggs his (tennis) balls in a famous made-for-TV “Battle of the Sexes,” LPGA Tour star Paula Creamer and CBS color man Gary McCord will go head-to-head for gender supremacy.
This time, though, the combatants will let their golf clubs do the talking.
Creamer, No. 13 in the world, and McCord -- best known for getting the heave-ho from the Masters broadcast team for his irreverence (bikini wax, anyone?) -- will stage their version of the 1973 King-Riggs blood match Oct 6-7 in a stroke-play competition for charity at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J.
Golf Channel’s resident funny man David Feherty will offer his take as analyst of the contest, proceeds of which will benefit Make-A-Wish New Jersey and other local philanthropies.
“When I heard I was playing Paula, I thought of advice my dear mom gave me when I was a kid. She told me to always play nice -- especially with girls,” McCord, who likely uses some of that wax to style his renowned handlebar mustache, said in a statement. “I never listened to mom."
“Beating Paula will be fun and another win in my already memorable career,” said McCord, who owns two victories on the Champions Tour.
Creamer, a nine-time LPGA winner and 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champ, was unimpressed by her opponent’s bravado.
“I’m playing against Gary McCord? You mean the CBS golf commentator? I didn’t even realize he played golf,” Creamer retorted. “Wow -- you learn something new every day.”
Feherty, naturally, had a unique outlook on the upcoming contest.
“Battle of the Sexes? It’s more like Beauty versus the Beast,” Feherty opined. “My money is with Paula; there was a reason McCord was 0-for-422 in PGA Tour tournament wins.
“Plus,” Feherty quipped about the golfer they call the “Pink Panther,” for reasons that have something to do with her on-course color of choice, “I love pink.”
The two-day event will feature an 18-hole golf tourney for registrants, a skills demonstration by Creamer and McCord (with Feherty providing the play-by-play), photo-ops with the stars, and other activities. For ticket and other information, contact the Forsgate Foundation.