We’re all familiar with tour pro’s celebrating after dropping the clutch putt. From Payne Stewart’s one legged fist pump to Tiger Woods’ upper cut. There’s no denying the emotion running through them at any given moment but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking more about the viewers and the fans.
Most major sports in the U.S. have their die hard fans. Maybe it’s just me but I really don’t see that with golf…or maybe not enough. If you travel to Europe and walk into any bar and their is a soccer game on, you will see emotion on an exaggerated level compared to what we are used to here. Trust me, I’ve witnessed it first hand.
It could be golf doesn’t have that certain factor in its DNA that elevates our excitement levels. Or maybe it does and just needs a catalyst to stoke the flame a bit. Golf needs “that guy” – someone who is always at your favorite watering hole going off on a vitriolic harangue (sorry for the SAT words) about something sport related. Now, we just need that guy to add a little golf into his repertoire of tirades.
You see, golf might never reach the status of baseball, football or basketball’s bar room debates but it’s got water polo in its sites…kidding. Hopefully in time, we will see more people speaking about golf enthusiastically. Even if it’s about John Daly’s wardrobe.
Hit’em long…yell FORE!!!