With the 113th U.S. Open upon us this week at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania this week, it’s hard to narrow down over a century’s worth of golf into the ten most memorable moments. Here’s my attempt.
Thankfully it only happens sporadically, but racism reared its ugly head in sports again this week.
It all started with the Sergio Garcia-Tiger Woods conflict, which began when the two were paired together during the third round of the Players Championship. The twosome accused each other of distracting actions during swings. After play concluded, Garcia made a remark during the interview that Tiger “is not the nicest man on tour.”
According to multiple reports, the United States Golf Association and the R&A (golf’s governing body) have agreed to ban the practice of anchoring a club while making a stroke, beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
The sex-scandal happened. The injuries happened. Losing happened.
From late 2009 until early 2012, the most talented golfer of all-time, Tiger Woods, was weighed down by several major events, all falling under the three categories just mentioned.
But now it is 2012 and Tiger has, for the most part, moved on.
There are the sports that are huge staples of our American society and its entertainment industry, and there are others that are sort of just there.
Golf is a great example of one of the sports that certainly does get its fair share “SportsCenter time,” but is not anywhere near as renowned as the likes of football, basketball, and baseball.
And to be honest, it probably never will be.
But just because golf and the PGA Tour will probably never break the threshold separating the first and second-tier sports leagues, it doesn’t mean it can’t continue to grow, evolve, and expand its place in the wide world of sports.