Golf’s Star Shining Brightly

Posted: August 14, 2012 in golf

Professional golf is in a good place right now. Maybe the best place it has ever been.

The PGA Tour needs Tiger Woods, but it doesn’t need him to be the dominate player he was for a decade when he was winning 14 majors and a total of 74 tournaments. Just having Tiger near the top – winning more than his share of tournaments and contending in the majors – is enough to keep Americans’ eyes focused on the sport. As many golf fans seem to love seeing Tiger lose as they do seeing him win.

Throw in a charismatic, smiling, bushy haired superstar in 23-year-old Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and you have to perfect foil for the intense Woods.

And then there are all of those interesting supporting characters.

Phil Mickelson is still a huge fan favorite even though his desire, if not his ability, is fading.

Bubba Watson is a budding celebrity with his power, goofy looking swing and uncensored tongue, but he does need to a follow-up hit to his Masters victory.

Matt “Mr. Consistent” Kuchar has Mickelson’s personality. Dustin “Slugger” Johnson has star quality. Ditto for Ricky “Rainbow” Fowler. Ditto for Jason “What Me Worry?” Dufner. Ditto for Adam “Matinee Idol” Scott.

Golf fans have great respect for such successful veteran players as Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and Ernie Els.

Incredibly, John Daly still moves the TV needle.

That’s a lot of star power for a sport that a few years ago many feared would be in trouble if Tiger wasn’t winning at least two major championships a year.

Now if Tiger does start winning majors again and Rory doesn’t get distracted, pro golf’s popularity will be greater than ever.

 

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  1. jaxjoe@comcast.net says:

    Golf fans have always managed to separate the grain from the chaff into carefully sized “piles” of talent, whether that was from reading the newspaper, listening to the radio, or replaying the latest sensational shot on You Tube. We have always grouped our competitive golf heros in pairs or triumvirates for some reason, the most famous being Hogan, Nelson, and Snead. Back in the days of newsprint and telegraph, it was Vardon, Braid, and Taylor. Along came Palmer and Nicklaus duo-duels, and then Nicklaus vs. Watson, some of the most intense, hand-to-hand stand-offs of all time. Fans adore an epic series of battles for the Majors and they are fickle about their choices, turning on a dime when character flaws upset their illusory apple-cart. Tiger Woods knows this better than anyone after facing his better half’s 9-iron in the dark. Hit it out of bounds, and it’s “stroke and distance”.

    Whoever will rise to the top and begin building a new “Triumvirate” will have to prove it, not by winning fourteen majors, but by gathering an “army” like Arnold Palmer’s, real fans who were greatly appreciated by “da’ man” of the time. He will have to recognize his fans and sign their autographs with a smile and a Trevino-like jocular snipe, whether that be a “pay-back glove” for getting hit or just seeing a young boy of 7, wishing he could get past the bigger bully’s to get a Sharpie stripe on HIS cap. You can’t be arrogant about it nowadays. We (the fans) control everything, even your endorsement contracts, Mr. Professional. If we don’t like what we see when we do watch it on HDTV, we have consumer power and the Internet to voice it to your sponsors. THAT, is your only ticket to ride or depart …

    There’s your Star Power…

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