When they did appear... a few times each year... it would be in feature stories or sidebars, where they'd be shown collectively raising funds for children's charities or visiting flood-ravaged neighborhoods. They were always giving back and they were always in a group.
Only when the Ryder Cup came around, every two years, did the story get blatantly glamorous, as WAGs appeared in evening gowns on their husband's arms at glittery galas. There they became an integral part of the US-Europe rivalry and individual wives were featured in the press... if only for a fortnight.
When, at the end of the decade, things fell apart at Chez Woods, the effect was that golf suddenly became fair game for tabloids. Privacy/discretion became a thing of the past. So I wasn't surprised yesterday to see that a group of PGA Tour wives purportedly shopping around a reality show.
Since rumors of the prospective program first broke, a couple of the women involved have denied they ever intended to do a reality show, so who knows if it'll ever see the light of day. The one think I think we can be sure of is that we'll now be seeing more of the wives of PGA Tour players than we ever did in the past.
PhotosPGA Tour wives - Chase Hattan, Reverb Collective via GOLF.com
Elin Nordegren - via ShavarRoss.com