I know the stick-in-the-mud golf aficionados that tune in to learn as much about the intricacies of the gentleman's game as possible so that they can one day become the next Bagger Vance might disagree with the following sentiment. However, aren't the vast majority of us - that don't dream of carrying clubs or impressing our buddies at the country club - just looking for our commentators to make the broadcast relatable? I can't remember the last time I caught some PGA "action" on television without it just happening to be background noise for my nap, but if I did I would certainly want those that are paid to detail it for me to do so in a language that I can understand.
Well, I'm not all that familiar with lies, specialty stances, penalty strokes, or any of that other jargon, but I know what "ah fuck" means when it's comes immediately after the swinging of a driver. That's one buzzword that'll never fail in describing exactly what I'm witnessing on the golf course, because it's long been associated with a sight I regularly see first-hand while on the golf course.
Probably not the best look for an announcer to be casually dropping F-bombs on the air during the most pressurized - and thus, most watched - moments of a record tying round, but if he had the casual fan's interest's in mind then he just cursed his way into their hearts. Give me a 'Golf 4 Dummiez' channel that comes with a parental advisory warning and I might even think about tuning in on Championship Sunday. As far as I am concerned, the only two phrases that can accurately portray the inevitable trajectory of a golf ball are "ah fuck" and "fuck yeah". So while he may have caused an awkward silence (that had to make those that weren't intently focused on a historical feat belly laugh) and offended some people, he did so in a way that any person that's ever picked up a club can empathize with.