Last week I asked if "relatable golf" would be the future direction the pro game takes to quench our society's unquenchable for all things narcissistic.
Well, Garry Smits found some fans who would agree that it's all about them while exploring the question of whether the year's other three majors (oh and
The Players THE PLAYERS The PLAYERS) will be plodding bogeyfests.
When it comes to majors and The Players, fans seem to want to watch the best grind.
"We really enjoyed watching the Masters this year," said Kevin Leonard, a Cincinnati resident visiting the First Coast with his family to play golf at the TPC Sawgrass. "I don't like watching 27 under win a tournament."
His son, James, a college student, showed that feeling crosses generations.
"I know the Masters has been won on birdies and eagles on the back nine in the past," he said. "But I didn't miss that. It was fun knowing that they had to make pars to win."
Dennis James, a Green Cove Springs resident, said watching PGA Tour players fight enables the average golfer to relate.
"When I see those guys working hard to make pars and bogeys, well, that's us," he said. "Besides, majors are supposed to be hard."
It's all about ME!
Consider also that television ratings for the Masters were slightly higher than last year, when Mickelson won at 7 under.
Garry, let's not encourage the Ridley's and Driver's of the world. They're dangerous enough as it is!
Former PGA of America president M.G. Orender, a Jacksonville Beach resident, said competition committees can only go so far. Weather was the main reason for the high scores at Augusta, he said, not back-room suits bent on punishing players.
"I thought Augusta did the same thing the PGA does for our championship. It's a major. It should be tough, but you want the course to be fair, given the things you can control," Orender said. "Par is just a number. At the end of the day, if the course is fair, it doesn't matter what score wins."
Hmmm...and here I thought it was about identifying the best player!