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Instagram star Paige Spiranac says she wasn't invited to play the Ladies Masters in Dubai because of her looks

Published 09/12/2015 | 13:48

Paige Spiranac of United States lines up a par putt at the par 5, 10th hole during the first round of the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club on December 9, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Paige Spiranac of United States lines up a par putt at the par 5, 10th hole during the first round of the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club on December 9, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Paige Spiranac of the United States in action during the pro-am as a preview for the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club on December 8, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Paige Spiranac of United States plays her fourth shot at the par 4, 9th hole during the first round of the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club on December 9, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Instagram star Paige Spiranac has defended her invite to play in the Ladies Masters in Dubai, saying it's not down to her looks.

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With nearly 500,000 followers on the social media site and 1.5m views on You Tube, Paige is making a name for herself in the golf world.

But after a disappointing turn at the prestigious tour, she has slammed suggestions she was only invited on the prestigious tour because of her high profile.

“I understand where they are coming from. I mean, I’ve played golf and have had good results, but when you look at my game compared to the top players in the world, I’m not in the same league,” she said.

“But I wish they could see that I’m working as hard as I can. I may make it, I may not make it. But I’m just trying to focus on what I need to do to get to the next level and trying not to focus on what they say.”

The 22-year-old, a former gymnast, said she understands her Instagram popularity gave her advantages, but isn't the sole reason for her invite on the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

“I’m very grateful to be here because of social media, I wouldn’t be here without it. I never really sought this invite out it just came to me,” she added.

“I’m very fortunate that I have all these followers and that they like watching me and seeing what I do. So, I think it’s really cool, and it’s given me a gateway to help my professional golf career, and that’s really what I want to do, is just play golf, because I love it so much.

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“This is my first tournament and from here I’ll play the first stage of [LPGA] qualifying school when it comes up again. I definitely want to earn my way on to Tour because I need more experience and more rounds under my belt before I do anything else.”

Paige Spiranac of the United States in action during the pro-am as a preview for the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club on December 8, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Paige Spiranac of the United States in action during the pro-am as a preview for the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club on December 8, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Paige Spiranac of United States plays her fourth shot at the par 4, 9th hole during the first round of the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club on December 9, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Paige Spiranac of United States plays her fourth shot at the par 4, 9th hole during the first round of the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club on December 9, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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