Lydia Ko hopes the viral comments will provide a ‘pathway’ to openness to mathematics

Clifton, NJ – Honesty is key.

Two weeks ago during the final round of Palos Verdes, Lydia Ko was shown working on her back by a physical therapist. So, when Golf Channel’s Jerry Fultz asked Coe about it in her post-tour interview, Coe was blunt in her answer, leaving Coe speechless.

“It’s that time of the month,” Coe said. “I know the ladies watching are probably like, ‘Yeah, I got you. So, when that happens, my back gets really tight, and I’m totally crooked.'”

The clip went viral, and Ko was praised for her outspokenness.

Two weeks later, the world number three told Golfchannel.com after her third round in the Founders’ Cup that she was just trying to be “straight”.

“I thought when I was talking about it, like any of the three words I could probably use each month, like — yeah, it’s become a big thing,” she said. “And I mean, these are the things that math has to go through, and I don’t think this should be something that people should be offended by. Not just what I said, but just by any athlete or any woman, or anyone who should go through this.”

“So, yeah, it became a big deal. And hopefully, maybe it was a little way for people to feel that they could be more open and honest about what they’re going through.”

As her comments spread online like wildfire, several “female product care companies” took notice.

“They said everyone wants to send me products, and I’m so grateful for them,” Coe said. “And I kind of pitched them an idea that I hope, if they accept it, will be more useful to other people who need it.”


Full field scores from the Cognizant Founders Cup


Koe points out that it’s not easy for women to be open about their menstrual cycles, but she hopes her comments will help normalize them and help others, especially young girls, realize they are not alone.

“[When I was younger] “I just felt like it was kind of hard to talk about,” Coe said. And I think, especially when you have your first one, like how you can say that to let your parents – especially your father – [know}? And I know that some people still aren’t super comfortable talking about it, and that’s totally fine. … I have felt it, too. Like you feel like you’re the only one going through it, and you feel lonely for the girls that are having to go through this. [You] merely [want] To say, “Hey, no, I’m not the only one,” and that’s part of growing up and growing up.

“So, yeah, I know there’s a similar pressure around it too, but no, it’s okay. We’re all in this together.”

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