TEE TO GREEN, STEVE SCOTT: The ‘future’ of golf – has anybody requested the individuals who truly matter?
In my case, it was as a 15-year-old excitedly placing the needle of my flimsy moveable file participant to a vinyl copy of the Intercourse Pistols’ ‘Fairly Vacant’.
My Dad was standing within the doorway of my bed room with a mix of disbelief and disgust on his face.
Again within the day, you knew for sure the tipping level that outlined your private era hole.
However now as I strategy my three-score blindingly quick, the place is the precise level that I turned, indisputably and formally, an outdated fart?
There are small issues. Phrases like ‘again within the day’ or ‘tipping level’ (irony alert within the first paragraph), phrases like ‘normalcy’ and ‘resiliency’. ‘Metrics’, no matter they’re.
Soccer journalists, as soon as implacably impartial, now overtly revealing the golf equipment they assist. Politicians mendacity ALL THE TIME with full impunity.
In golf? You’d suppose hoodies, high-tops, these Erik van Rooyen pegged pants and no collar shirts, proper? Not a little bit of it. All tremendous with me.
However I really feel I might have reached the tipping level this weekend. Watching the insurgent, Saudi-backed LIV Golf’s opening occasion at Centurion – and being unpleasantly shocked at how properly it went off – I really feel marginalised.
If that is the way forward for aggressive skilled golf, I need completely no a part of it.
But there are sufficient, seasoned observers of the sport I do know, respect and even like who appear sanguine and even obsessed with the entire thing. Am I lacking one thing?
I’m by no means going to place apart the supply of the extreme cash concerned, like many have.
However even when you do, you’ve nonetheless received a product at Centurion that’s undeniably “exhibition golf”. As Jay Monahan referred to as it in his in any other case feeble look on CBS on the Canadian Open on Sunday night time.
You take away the cliff-face from skilled golf, the worry of utterly failing, you eviscerate the game. It’s worse than eradicating relegation from precise league workforce sports activities, not synthetic ones like this.
Guaranteeing any cash in professional golf – particularly these quantities to entitled veterans believing they will delay their pure shelf-life – diminishes the sport completely.