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A golf hustler sent me this today.
Ever wonder why golf is growing in popularity and why people who don't
even play go to tournaments or watch it on TV?
The following may shed some light:
1. Golf is an honorable game, with the overwhelming majority of
players being honorable people who don't need referees.
2. Golfers don't have some of their players in jail every week.
3. Golfers don't kick dirt on, or throw bottles at, other people.
4. Professional golfers are paid in direct proportion to how well
5. Golfers don't get per diem and two seats on a charter flight when
they travel between tournaments.
6. Golfers don't hold out for more money, or demand new contracts,
because of another player's deal.
7. Professional golfers don't demand that the taxpayers pay for the
courses on which they play.
8. When golfers make a mistake, nobody is there to cover for them or
9 The PGA raises more money for charity in 1 year than the NFL does
10. You can watch the best golfers in the world up close, at any
tournament, including the majors, all day every day for $25 or $30.
The cost for even a nosebleed seat at the Super Bowl costs around $300
or more, unless you buy it from scalpers, in which case it's $1,000+.
11. You can bring a picnic lunch to the tournament golf course, watch
the best in the world, and not spend a small fortune on food and
drink. Try that at one of the taxpayer funded baseball or football
stadiums. If you bring a soft drink into a ballpark, they'll give you
two options-get rid of it or leave.
12. In golf, you cannot fail 70% of the time and make $9 million a
season, like the best baseball hitters (300 batting average) do.
13. Golf doesn't change its rules to attract fans.
14. Golfers have to adapt to an entirely new playing area each week.
Golfers keep their clothes on while they are being interviewed.
15. Golf doesn't have free agency.
16. In their prime, Palmer, Norman, and other stars, would shake your
hand and say they were happy to meet you. In his prime, Jose Canseco
wore T-shirts that read "Leave Me Alone."
17. You can hear birds chirping on the golf course during a
18. At a golf tournament, (unlike at taxpayer-funded sports stadiums
and arenas) you won't hear a steady stream of four letter words and
nasty name-calling while you're hoping that no one spills beer on you.
19. Tiger hits a golf ball over twice as far as Barry Bonds hits a
20. Golf courses don't ruin the neighborhood.
21. And Finally: Here's a little slice of golf history that you might
Why do golf courses have 18 holes-not 20, or 10, or an even dozen?
During a discussion among the club's membership board at St. Andrews
in 1858, a senior member pointed out that it takes exactly 18 shots to
polish off a fifth of Scotch. By limiting himself to only one shot of
Scotch per hole, the Scot figured a round of golf was finished when
the Scotch ran out.
RE:A golf hustler sent me this today.
Excellent list Ron. The ONE thing I harp on is that GOLFERS are expected to call infractions on themselves and their integrity is relied upon. Many violations of rules CANNOT be detected by others or could easily be hidden or covered up. The officials TEND to POINT OUT possible infractions to players and they are expected to call themselves on it. In almost every other sport the participants TRY and ARE TAUGHT to deak or fake out the umps and attempt to get AWAY with known violations of the rules. They TRY to intimidate and trick the refs into mistakes in their favor and get away with anything they can. Tennis is the only other sport I've EVER seen a player "admit" to an official that a ball was in that was ruled out or vice versa and I've even seen a player let the next two balls intentionally go by to RIGHT A WRONG call against his opponent. I can't remember EVER seeing that anywhere else.
I will say some of the list is "changing" or applies more to PGA Tour rules than Euro or International tours:
"4. Professional golfers are paid in direct proportion to how well they play."
Somewhat true for many PGA pros but other tours allow APPEARANCE FEES for tourneys and at the upper echelon a players endorsements can far exceed their official money winnings. LeBron and Tiger are both playing for tax money or tip money as their endorsements dwarf their winnings or NBA contract.
"5. Golfers don't get per diem and two seats on a charter flight when they travel between tournaments."
Again that is true for PGA tour but many pros get paid and/or expenses for traveling to Euro sites or Asian sites and even PGA tour pros play outings on Mondays and get fees to do so and possibly expenses that cover airfare to their next tour stop.
"8. When golfers make a mistake, nobody is there to cover for them or back them."
Like any individual sport ( tennis, bicycle racing etc. ) this is true and it makes it different. But many blame wind or their caddy or a spike mark so excuses still show up and some caddies have been known to threaten idiotic fans who are messing with their MAN!! LOL
"10. You can watch the best golfers in the world up close, at any tournament, including the majors, all day every day for $25 or $30. The cost for even a nosebleed seat at the Super Bowl costs around $300 or more, unless you buy it from scalpers, in which case it's $1,000+."
This sounds outdated as many charge more than that and I think scalpers/brokers get hundereds or thousands for Masters tickets as it is a very tough get ticket. Relatively speaking it is still more affordable though!
13. Golf doesn't change its rules to attract fans.
True but Arnie used to get drops whenever he asked for one at the Masters and Tiger has gotten his share of shady rules interpretations ( a boulder that took 12 guys to move was ruled a loose impediment?? ) and I've seen Surge ask to move away from a line of site obstruction that wasn't. I don't like this because of the "gentleman's game/honor system" as this pushes those boundaries. But like Jordan getting 4 steps instead of 3 we do see some "star power/favoritism" from time to time in golf rulings as well. You could say that NOT IMPOSING many rules on equipment has kind of allowed players to get longer and longer and attracted some fans - so maybe NOT instituting "Jack's rules" has de facto allowed the game to attract more fans.
18. you won't hear a steady stream of four letter words and nasty name-calling while you're hoping that no one spills beer on you.
Unfortunately this is changing. Not only do you hear players blurt out 4 letter words on camera and off more these days but fans have gotten more obnoxious and more of the "beer swilling" set show up at places like Mil. Bethpage had its share of Yankee fan behavior evidently. It still dwarfs other sports but unless they start fining players big time and booting fans vigorously I think it will get worse.
Still a fun list tho!