Lydia Ko praised for talking about period after surprising reporter with honest answer:

During the final: round: of the Palos Verdes Championship on Sunday, Ko could be seen receiving treatment from her physical therapist Chris Wicker for an apparent tight back.

Having completed her round and posting a one-under 70 to finish tied for third, the New Zealand player was asked by Golf Channel reporter Jerry Foltz about the trainer, his treatment and if there was any long-term concern.

“I hope not,” Ko: said:. “It’s that time of the month.
Ko watches her shot from the fourth tee during the final round of the Palos Verdes Championship.

“I know the ladies watching are probably like: ‘Yeah, I got you.’ So, when that happens, my back gets really tight, and I’m all twisted. It’s not the first time that Chris (Wicker) has seen me twisted, but it felt a lot better after he came. So, yeah, there you go. “

The 17-time LPGA Tour winner’s answer took Foltz by surprise. He stuttered as he stumbled for an appropriate response before managing to say: “Thanks.”

Ko was able to laugh off any awkwardness, saying with a smile: “I know you’re at a loss for words, Jerry. Honesty it is.”

On Monday, Foltz himself acknowledged his surprise at Ko’s answer, replying: to a tweet including a link to an article from Golf Central titled “‘Honesty it is’: Lydia Ko leaves interviewer speechless with response” with three simple words: “Yes it did.”

Ko’s openness about her period, a topic in women’s sports that is often seen as taboo, earned her a huge swell of praise on social media.

Ko chooses a club at the fourth tee during the final round of the Palos Verdes Championship.
Marama Davidson, the New Zealand Greens co-leader, said on Twitter: that period pain is “definitely not acknowledged enough.”
ESPN journalist Zenia D’cunha: said:: “We should normalize women in sports talking about periods like this. It’s not an excuse or an embarrassment, it’s just a bodily function.”

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