Olympic gold champion CAITLYN JENNER’s powerful, personal plea to keep trans athletes OUT of female sport: Male-born golfer Hailey Davidson wasn’t up to par against men… but is winning against top women – and it’s unfairness to a tee

Transgender athlete Hailey Davidson must admit that golf is a game of integrity and withdraw from female competition.

Then the Ladies Professional Golf Association should follow suit, take this chance to reverse their grave mistake – and restore the spirit of one of the longest-running professional women’s sports associations in the world.

Let me be clear – I do not come to these conclusions easily.

As the world’s greatest athlete at 26 years old, a lifelong news and sports commentator, and the patriarch of one of the world’s most famous families, I have a duty to add my voice to the raging, evolving debate about transgenderism and elite athletic competition.

This divisive issue has exploded again as the 30-year-old Davidson competes to earn a spot on the LPGA Tour after winning the NXXT Women’s Classic last week.

Today, far too many are afraid to speak out at all for fear of cancellation or retribution.

Well, I’m not afraid – and my perspective, humbly, can cut through so much noise.

When I competed in the Olympics, my competition was all I thought about. I deeply respected and of course devoted every fiber of my being to defeating them on a level playing field.

But, with respect, Davidson (who asks to be addressed with they/their pronouns) cannot claim to compete with that same esprit de corps.

Transgender athlete Hailey Davidson must admit that golf is a game of integrity and withdraw from female competition.

Transgender athlete Hailey Davidson must admit that golf is a game of integrity and withdraw from female competition.

As the world's greatest athlete at 26 years old, a lifelong news and sports commentator, and the patriarch of one of the world's most famous families, I have a duty to add my voice to the raging, evolving debate about transgenderism and elite athletic competition.

As the world’s greatest athlete at 26 years old, a lifelong news and sports commentator, and the patriarch of one of the world’s most famous families, I have a duty to add my voice to the raging, evolving debate about transgenderism and elite athletic competition.

I am a transgender person who took up the game of golf in my 50s, playing as an amateur, non-competitively, with men and women of all ages. I know for a fact that there are physical differences between men and women that cannot be erased by modern medicine – especially after individuals go through male puberty.

And Davidson, who began a gender transition in their early 20s and had gender reassignment surgery six years later, is stronger than the competition.

Davidson has responded to some of these criticisms – claiming that their power has diminished significantly since ‘transition’.

“It’s crazy how much misguided hate I’ve received so far today,” Davidson wrote on Instagram. “All these people (think) I hit it 300 yards or even 280 yards. How about 250 on a good day.’

Maybe that’s true. But a 250-yard drive would put Davidson in the top 13 longest-driving LGPA players today.

I am a transgender person who took up the game of golf in my 50s, playing as an amateur, non-competitively, with men and women of all ages.

I am a transgender person who took up the game of golf in my 50s, playing as an amateur, non-competitively, with men and women of all ages.

Davidson responded to some of these criticisms, claiming that their power had diminished significantly since 'transition'.

Davidson has responded to some of these criticisms – claiming that their power has diminished significantly since ‘transition’.

Davidson has never been as dominant as a male athlete.

I have had several off-the-record conversations with people in the competitive golf world, including those with the PGA, LPGA, LIV, Aramco, ownership groups and sponsors.

Their private feedback is overwhelmingly consistent.

Davidson was a mediocre male golfer who never really had a chance to make it in the PGA. But now Davidson is in the hunt for one of the most coveted spots in women’s sports.

How is this fair to women?

Why can’t Davidson, who earned a college scholarship as a male athlete, compete against men?

The telling answer that some trans athletes in the golf world – and beyond – will never admit is that they would never make that cut.

Davidson has become an illustration of what many trans people and allies fear – a seemingly self-centered individual who does not think about the consequences of their actions and may in fact cause harm to others.

Finally, I ask the LPGA: isn’t it time you admitted you made a mistake?

The LPGA was formed in 1950 by 13 ambitious women who wanted to give women golfers a space to compete and win. The PGA Tour, founded some 30 years ago, has always been open to men and women. But the only time a woman ever made it to a PGA Tour event was in 1945 at the Los Angeles Open.

Davidson, who began a gender reassignment in their early 20s and underwent sex reassignment surgery six years later, is stronger than the competition.

Davidson, who began a gender reassignment in their early 20s and underwent sex reassignment surgery six years later, is stronger than the competition.

I know for sure that there are physical differences between men and women that cannot be erased by modern medicine ¿ especially after individuals go through male puberty.  (Above) Rose Zhang (right) of the USA walks with the pack during the third round of the 2023 LPGA Maybank Championship

I know for a fact that there are physical differences between men and women that cannot be erased by modern medicine – especially after individuals go through male puberty. (Above) Rose Zhang (right) of the USA walks with the pack during the third round of the 2023 LPGA Maybank Championship

It wasn’t until 1981 that Kathy Whitworth became the first female player to earn $1 million in career earnings. Today, female professional golfers on the LPGA Tour play for $118 million in total prize money.

This is an incredible achievement.

The LPGA Tour was also at the forefront of the fight for equal rights, notably rejecting a ‘Caucasians Only’ policy before the first black member joined the tour in 1963.

To the tour’s credit, I believe the heart of the LPGA was in the right place. However, when the association voted in 2010 to remove the sex-assignment requirement “at birth” from their bylaws and allow transgender individuals who have undergone sex-reassignment surgery to compete, they made a mistake.

The LPGA’s fateful decision sent it down a slippery slope. More opportunities will likely be taken away from women, further undermining the mission of the LPGA and casting a negative light on transgender people.

It is not about one person, one governing body or one sport.

It’s a simple matter of fairness…and integrity.

Golf must lead the way.