Golfer Paige Spiranac reveals she had death threats and was blackmailed

GOLFER Paige Spiranac reveals she had death threats and was blackmailed – as she denied being a glamorous 'gimmick'.

The American has 1.2million Instagram followers and believes she is handled unfairly for being a lady who clothes in another way in a sport dominated by center-aged males.

 Paige Spiranac says golf is old-fashioned and some critics have gone too far

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Paige Spiranac says golf is old style and some critics have gone too far

The 24-yr-previous is ranked outdoors the highest one thousand and, with few prime-degree alternatives within the US, the highlight was turned on her in Dubai.

However that focus – plus all her movies and photographs on Instagram – helped ship Spiranac's critics on social media into over-drive.

She informed The Guardian: “I was harassed, my household was harassed.

“I was receiving death threats, individuals have been invading my privateness, I was being blackmailed. This was happening while I was making an attempt to play.”

 The 24-year-old is out of the top 1000 and says she feels stress if she struggles

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The 24-yr-previous is out of the highest one thousand and says she feels stress if she struggles
 Paige Spiranac has hit back at what she says is unfair treatment in a sport dominated by middle-aged men

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Paige Spiranac has hit again at what she says is unfair remedy in a sport dominated by center-aged males

She added: “In relation to the golf business, I do know that folks see me as a gimmick. I don’t assume I’m.

"If I was a man and I had the identical social following, I don’t assume individuals would name it a gimmick. They’d say it was nice.

“Individuals appear to assume I received the place I’m due to the garments that I put on.

That’s unfair to me and unfair to all of my accomplishments.

I in all probability do extra group service than another skilled golfer.

"For individuals to say: ‘You solely present some cleavage, that’s why you’ve got what you could have,’ is unfair. That’s the injustice that we face each day as ladies and I see it rather a lot in golf.

“It’s such a male-dominated sport, it has been round for therefore lengthy and there are traditions.

"Individuals like their traditions with out change. When somebody is available in sporting leggings as an alternative of trousers, it’s just like the world is ending.

“I’ve all the time had a unique style fashion. I all the time felt like I by no means belonged and it’s robust as a result of I’m an excellent participant, I do know what to do however I nonetheless don’t like going to new golf equipment as a result of I’m nervous somebody will say my skirt is just too brief or I don’t have a collar. Why does that even matter?”

 Paige Spiranac says she was proud to the starter at the Dubai Desert Classic

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Paige Spiranac says she was proud to the starter on the Dubai Desert Basic

Spiranac admitted lacking the reduce in Dubai’s Women European Tour occasions in 2015 and 2016 put much more pressure on her.

She stated: “I had a very tough go of it each occasions I was right here.

"There was a variety of media, it was actually worrying and I discovered the expertise actually exhausting. I stated I wasn’t coming again to play."

However she returned for the Dubai Desert Basic final week, the place promoters took benefit of her movie star by making her the event starter.

 American Paige Spiranac has gathered a massive following on Instagram

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American Paige Spiranac has gathered an enormous following on Instagram
 Paige Spiranac feels she is targeted unfairly over the way she dresses

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Paige Spiranac feels she is focused unfairly over the best way she clothes
 Paige Spiranac has revealed she faced death threats and was harassed

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Paige Spiranac has revealed she confronted death threats and was harassed
 PThe 24-year-old attended the 2017 Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational gala in Las Vegas, Nevada

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PThe 24-yr-previous attended the 2017 Derek Jeter Movie star Invitational gala in Las Vegas, Nevada

Spiranac added: “The people who find themselves saying golf is progressive, for those who take a look at them all of them look the identical.

"They’re all center-aged males. They clearly really feel accepted.

"If you go to a golf course and go searching, you see a bunch of men, everybody seems such as you so you’ll really feel nice.

"In case you are strolling in as a lady, you don’t really feel the identical."

GOLFER Paige Spiranac reveals she had death threats and was blackmailed – as she denied being a glamorous 'gimmick'.

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