Paige Spiranac Says She Received Death Threats While Playing In Two European Tour Events
Popular professional golfer Paige Spiranac, as many of you are aware, has made a name for herself thanks to being pretty good at golf and having a huge social media following.
However, it has apparently come at a rather high cost for the 24-year-old San Diego State University grad. Spiranac says that she has received death threats, been blackmailed and harassed for just playing in a tournament.
In 2015 and 2016, Spiranac was invited to play in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour. She missed the cut both times, but detailed to The Guardian what a circus the events became and the threats she received just for participating.
“I had a really rough go of it both times I was here,” she says. “There was a lot of media, it was really stressful and I found the experience really hard. I said I wasn’t coming back to play.
“People seem to think I got where I am because of the clothes that I wear. That’s unfair to me and unfair to all of my accomplishments. I probably do more community service than any other professional golfer. For people to say: ‘You only show some cleavage, that’s why you have what you have,’ is unfair. That’s the injustice that we face every day as women and I see it a lot in golf.”
Her experience playing in Dubai proved a sign of more ominous things to come as public profile and personal life overlapped and she was targeted on the very social media platforms that had given her celebrity. “I was harassed, my family was harassed,” Spiranac adds. “I was receiving death threats, people were invading my privacy, I was being blackmailed. This was going on whilst I was trying to play.”
Back in 2016, in his first year as a pro, Spiranac got her first win in a Cactus Tour event.