Want to have a beer with a pro golfer?
Chances are you said yes. In fact, if you’re like me, you probably have
several pros in mind. Everyone I play golf with discusses their
favorite players and dream foursomes.
One of the greatest signs of respect with my buddies is to
say “he seems like a guy I’d like to have a beer with.” Sure, you might like to sit down with Tom
Brady or Kobe Bryant, but do you really feel like you understand these guys
well enough to have a casual beer with them and just shoot the sh*t? Most fans can’t relate to throwing a
touchdown at Gillette Stadium or dropping 40 in the NBA Finals at the Staples
Golf is unique as a professional sport. The human element is present. Even through the small screen of the
television or at an event, we can see the players’ emotions and relate to some
degree. It’s because fans can play the
courses, have similar shots, and have those days when everything, or nothing,
goes right. Results are also the only
measure of success in golf. Scores aren’t
just an outcome, but a livelihood. This
shows on the faces of golfers and I think fans appreciate the fact that pros
play for their pay. Each tournament is
professional life or death for some…and the grinding, struggle and euphoria are
there for all to see. Those expressions
and reactions create our opinions of these guys. Everything contributes to the insight that
fans glean from each individual.
The game offers a glimpse into the lives of those that play
it, even more so than other sports. It’s
the tears of joy streaming down Bubba Watson’s face after winning the
Masters. Okay, so not many of us have
won the Masters, but you can identify in a small degree when you won the club
championship or took ten dollars off the guy that you never beat. It’s the gracious defeat displayed by Louis
Oosthuizen that all of us know because we lose more times than we win. Golfers
are human and their condition is on display at every tournament. We appreciate that and gravitate to support
those that we identify with on the course. In the end, everything about golf reflects on
the individual…just like life. We
sometimes get to pick the people that we want to join us for the “game” but in
the end it is what we, alone, make of it.
“These guys are good” is a perfect tagline for the PGA TOUR. It works on so many levels. They are good at their sport, but there are a
lot of good people too. I’ve had the
pleasure of meeting a few at different events.
These are guys you would want to casually hang out with because you feel
like you know them in some small way. As
I sit here and reflect on the Masters’ playoff between Louis and Bubba, they both
seem like guys I would like to have a beer with – or a drink of their choice –
and just shoot the sh*t. In a sports
landscape loaded with “idols,” I’ll take the good guys.
Who would you like to hang out with and have a beer or