PGA tour needs more personalities like Camilo Villegas as a contrast to Tiger Woods
PGA tournaments, he says, are about “getting sunburned at the rich man’s country club” and then he goes on to talk about the players. “I think Greg Norman still sells some tickets. (The interview was in 2001.) Maybe Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson. All the others you lump together. Part of the spectacle.”
I pretty much agree with Jenkins and that’s why I’m joining W.K. Wolfrum on the Camilo Villegas bandwagon. I think it’s great for golf that this expressive young Colombian is starting to succeed in his rookie year on the PGA Tour. Not only does the game need more young players to compete with Woods, the game also needs more personality and showmanship, which is something Villegas has got in spades.
Tiger may indeed be the greatest golfer of all time, but to me he is not really a charismatic presence. When I watch him he seems so burdened by the quest for perfection and the drive to win that he often looks downright unhappy playing what is, after all, a game. Villegas is the anti-Tiger. He brings a much-appreciated joie de vivre to golf. If the Colombian continues to enjoy success, watching these tournaments week after week is going to be more fun for all of us.
And it would be a bonus if J.B. Holmes, that long-slamming country boy who showed such promise in winning the FBR Open, turns out to be the real deal. The jury’s still out on both Holmes and Villegas, but I’m rooting like mad for both boys.
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With endorsements and appearance fees and products on display
The game becomes a sideshow
when business has its way.
The golf course is a showroom
enticing us to buy and see
the clubs and cars professionals
play and drive for free.
Top players groomed to neutral,
Only newbies show some depth
The money's too enticing.
Who wants to stay bereft?
So money morphs a complex being
into a simple guy.
Like a plain gray suit that's 'off the rack'... not even a red tie.
Top players hide what makes them real
when camera lights are on.
There's only room for the unknowns
to say what's going on.
The delicate duality
of image and personality
is very hard to find
in golf these days.
Arnold Palmer keeps it real
and has enormous fan appeal
but who else has both his stature and his ways?
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