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“When she was little they used to say `Oh, you’re a girl, you have to play off the ladies’ tees,’” he said.

“She would say, `I don’t want to do that. I’m playing with the boys. I want to challenge them.’ So they let her play off the back tees with the boys.”

That’s why the LPGA is the next step.

“There’s a lot more competition here,” he said. “If she wants to get better that’s what she wants, so I’ll have to come with her until she’s 18.

“I’ll babysit her,” he said, laughing.