At the beginning of the SBS Championship,
Stewart Cink made some interesting comments about whether or not
golfers should show more "personality" on the course. Mr. Cink said
many of the players personalities do not convey well during competition
because most perform better while keeping their emotions in check.
totally get that sentiment. I've been coached to stay steady in my
emotions and not get too worked up over the highs, or the lows. "Stay
off the roller coaster of emotions" is a statement I try to remember
I am a very different player during tourney golf and girly golf. For example, I usually don't sing my infamous golf songs
while competing. However, during a 9-hole summer mixer with my golfing
gals, I sing, drink beer, scream, laugh, dance, and sometimes hit shots out of the pond.
point is that if you met me for the first time during some random
competition, you might think I was pretty boring. You might even think
of me as aloof.
As a spectator, I love seeing players get
emotional on the course. However, I don't think players should be
expected to "showcase" their sparkling personalities during
tournaments. They are trying to play their very best golf and win.
There is a great deal at stake. This is their career, not an exhibition.
Instead, golfers might want to explore other options to give their fans a glimpse of who they really are. For example, I'd love to see some professional golfers on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Let them come out dancing with the audience. Maybe they could even play a silly game of mini-golf with Ellen.
Conan, Letterman, and Leno are also options. Get out there and have
some fun. How entertaining would it be to see Camilo Villegas compete
against Geoff Ogilvy on Dancing with the Stars?
This may sound terrifying to some players, but I'm confident that fans
would be behind them 100 percent. Even better, I think they would win
over new fans and maybe even encourage a viewer or two to pick up a
Until then, I think the closest most golfers have come to dancing on national television is watching Justin Timberlake join Beyonce for "Single Ladies."