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Friday, 29 September 2017

What Have We Learned?

So, what have we learned during Presidents Cup week so far? Davis Love offered his view on the NFL players taking a knee. And all the American players elected to follow suit by not feeling the need to show solidarity with those professional athletes protesting about social justice, or lack thereof, in the US of A. Not a big deal. The fight isn't theirs. They aren't facing the same challenges that black athletes are protesting about.

Davis would probably never even consider the possibility that his boy would be gunned down during a "routine" traffic stop. Neither would any of the other players on the team. That sort of thing doesn't happen in their neighbourhoods. And no one, as far as I know, really expected them to make a statement about this controversy started by a President who might have been better served had he been focussing on Puerto Rico instead. It isn't their problem. It isn't their fight either, unless they feel the need to speak out. "No worries," as the Aussies would say. Still, I wish DL had been a bit more diplomatic about the whole thing. It really wasn't his place criticize, in my opinion. But then, who am I--just another fat, happy, white guy.

We also learned that Tiger may or may not tee it up again. But we know he is now accepting the possibility that he might, indeed, be done. We also learned that he may have a new girlfriend who isn't, for once, a blonde bomber. If he's happy, I'm happy for him. He's had a tough few years.

We have also learned that the American team, barring any miracles, is going to win yet another Presidents Cup. They are dominating. They are dominant. American golf is in very good shape, post-Tiger. What this does not do is bode well for the future of the Presidents Cup. If the Americans keep winning, many people will just stop watching. What makes golf great is the competition. No excitement in a blowout. 

So far, I haven't even tuned in. I think it was DL that put me off. He's got a right to his opinion, and the freedom to express it, just like those NFL protesters. And I have the right to disagree with him--which I do. Heartily.