Re: Official 2012 Golf Season Thread
One difference is that golfers are really right there with the fans, separated only by a rope. So in that sense, their conduct has to be a little different than that of a baseball player or a football player because those guys are pretty far removed from most of the people attending a game. Sure, at field level you do hear them in baseball, but there is also a lot of ambient noise around a ballpark and I have never noticed it nearly as much as I might if I were standing ten feet away from a guy in a much quieter atmosphere. You let the f-bomb fly on the tee box in a PGA event and it's going to get picked up by the television broadcast and everyone within 100 feet is going to hear it.
Then there is just the image that PGA is trying to preserve of a game played with dignity and decorum, which if you ask me is worth promoting. As for Tiger, he's probably not any worse than a lot of other golfers through the years, and I can certainly sympathize with a guy who doesn't want cameras clicking in his downswing, but the media has to be somewhat culpable for treating the guy like a holy man for so many years. Rory Sabatini is no worse than Tiger on the course, but he's been somehow viewed as a hothead, while Tiger is given a pass because he's just so intensely focused. Now maybe he'll be given a little less rope.
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