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Wednesday, Caitlyn Jenner, who works for Fox News, said that she thinks transgender golfer Hailey Davidson should be allowed to play in the Ladies Professional Golf Associations Tour next year.
Davidson, who is 29 years old, is trying to become the first transgender woman to get an LPGA Tour card after the first two rounds of the 2022 LPGA and Epson Tour Qualifying School this weekend.
Jenner, who has spoken out against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas's participation in women's competitions, defended Jackson in an interview on "America Reports." She told Fox News that Thomas's unfair biological advantage doesn't apply to golf, which requires a different skill set and has "a different set of rules."
"I've tried to treat these transgender athletes in the same way every time. It depends a lot on the sport. Jenner said, "Every sport is different." "With Lia Thomas, it was clear that she had gone through male puberty and had a bigger heart. It just wasn't fair. We were lucky to win that one."
John Roberts, a Fox News host, said that Jackson can play in the LPGA because the rules changed in 2010 to let golfers who weren't born female do so.
“She’s playing within the rules,” Jenner agreed. “Golf is totally different game. It is a game of touch and feel.”
The Olympic gold medalist and golf fan told Roberts that other LPGA players had done better than her in the past.
Jenner said, "These girls are really, really good." She also said that she supports Davidson's efforts, but she's not sure if she has what it takes to play on the LPGA Tour.
Jenner said, "To be honest, I'm still not sure about this." "I don't think she's going to be in a position on the LPGA tour where she can be the best. If I'm being honest, those girls are so good."
Jenner also praised Davidson's mother for defending her daughter against people who say it would be unfair for her to play in the LPGA.
"If I'm being honest, I'm on HaiIey's mom's side," she told him. "They don't know what it's like to make a change or how hard it is. The mothers do know, and Hailey's mom is out there helping her because she knows what this child has been through.
Golfweek reported in May 2021 that Davidson started hormone therapy in 2015 and had surgery to change her gender in 2021. The news source says that the last time Davidson competed as a man was in 2015 at Admiral's Cove in Jupiter, Florida.