How About This Golfer That Got Disqualified After Breaking His Club Over His Head Then Ratting Himself Out?
You see, this is what's wrong with golf. I am not even talking about the fact that watching it can cure insomnia or that playing it without the influence of alcohol makes you want to break expensive pieces of metal over your head. What's wrong with golf is the athletes' undying commitment to upholding an insufferably pretentious moral code. Don't get me wrong. Golf was already fighting a losing battle for my attention with how inherently lifeless it is, but knowing that the sport collectively treats gamesmanship like the NFL treats domestic abuse and leaky footballs certainly isn't doing it any favors either.
You know another horribly dull sport that takes itself way too seriously? Baseball. You know when baseball's popularity was at it's peak? When half the league was pumping it's ass full of synthetic strength. A little bit of deception is healthy (word choice could use some work given my example) as long as it enhances the entertainment value of product on the field of play. I want to live in a world where a golfer will stop at nothing to win, even if that means stretching the rules by breaking a putter over his (or her) face and continuing to play with it. You ain't cheating? You ain't trying. That's why I find it simply deplorable that Zac Blair's semi-honest effort went completely unrewarded. Feeling obligated to essentially throw himself out of the tournament for something so harmless? That's just proof that golf still doesn't understand that controversy puts asses in the love seats and that there is always room on the DVR for some more Scandal.
How have we not outlasted the notion that golf is some sort of "gentleman's game"? It's 2016, people don't even open doors for women anymore. Chivalry died and gentlemen were supposed to go the way of the dinosaurs when it did. Is it too much to ask of the PGA to overlook - or even endorse - a little bit of chicanery? The consumer is always right, and this consumer wants his golfers subtly nudging their balls to more forgiving terrain like every self respecting weekend warrior. Those are the guys that truly leave it all on the fairway...after they kick their shanked tee shot out from the roughest of rough.
Oh well, at least he had a sense of humor about it...