If you don't like Rory Sabbatini, golf may be too high-octane for you
“Apparently he’s a celestial being that you can’t touch. That’s the way I see it.”
Rock on, Rory.
Let’s be perfectly clear: If you’re someone who thinks Rory Sabbatini is a blight on the world of golf, then you have a problem with competition and emotion. Because let’s face it, one of the biggest problems with golf is the boredom factor.
Look at The Barclays. While Chris Baldwin was salivating after two rounds, calling the FedEx Cup the greatest success in the history of modern promotions due to the fact that a lot of media showed up, when all was said and done Little League Baseball outdrew it as far as TV ratings.
And you know why that is? Because there’s emotion in Little League Baseball. Emotion plus sports equals ratings. And it’s why golf doesn’t get jack for ratings when Tiger doesn’t show up.
Which brings us back to Sabbatini, who has become viewed as this evil loudmouth that everyone wants to see shut up. Today at the press conference for the Deutsche Bank Championship, Sabbatini brought it up himself:
“People always say they want something different; you get me, you get something different, and then they burn you for it,” said Sabbatini. “So what do you want, do you want different or do you want the usual fraternal player out here?”
And the South African is absolutely right. Top athletes are supposed to have big egos. Here’s a guy with who’s not afraid to challenge himself (he said he’d love to play against Tiger in Presidents Cup singles) and who is not afraid to show emotion or tell you his opinion. But when he does, golf fans all uniformly get the vapors and collapse, fan in hand, as if he’d mooned the lot of them.
Basically, if you don’t like Sabbatini, you don’t like competition, and pro golf may just be too exhilarating for you to begin with. Because the guy is a breath of fresh air out there, and I’d take one of him over 17 Phil Mickelsons, any day.
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keeps watch around him!
constructive criticism is fine, I have no problem
there, but I do not support the rhetorical
flimflammery of South African Sabbatini.
Is that Ebonics you're speaking there?
I don't believe spectators have the "right" to heckle at a golf tournament. The price of admission doesn't give one the right to act boorish. Completely unacceptable behavior.
On the other hand, there comes a time when a pro needs to rise above it all, and I do believe Rory has hit below the mark. Did anyone else catch Rory challenging the spectator to "say it to my face" when he walked off the 14th green last week? That isn't acceptable behavior, either.
Tim - enforce it equally. Pro's who get uppidy get a fine. Fans who get uppidy get the hook.
And anyone who yells "get in the hole" gets shot.
And Judge - Sid speaks a language all his own. It's well beyond Ebonics...
You wonder if Rory might perform even better if he didn't spend an hour surrounded by media every day of an event. I'm not hating on him for this, but I think we're taking 90% of his quotes too seriously when really all he's trying to do is get golf on the front page.
You want emotion? Go watch those Sunday night Hall Mark Presents movies or rent a copy of The Note Book.
I Like spirited competition, but Rory hasnt really done anything for me to credit him or his loudmouth tendencies.
In the words of golfer/philosopher Payne Stewart after a particularly acrimonious week on tour, "You haven't earned the right to give the needle until you've learned to take the needle."
Rory has a lot to learn.
Is this the thanks I got for my service?
the USA, tee times are impossible to get. I think golf is doing fine just the way it is. I never liked a player using a cart but, I do like decorum & respect.
That's why he act's like a jerk. He knows that's the only way anyone will pay attention to him.
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