Nationalism is a funny thing. We give so much more weight to people, places and events just because they happen to occur in our home country. (U-S-A! U-S-A!) In the golf world, commentators and observers are tying themselves in knots because a Euro came and worked over our national Open; not only that, our countrymen didn't even put up much of a fight. Between this and the Ryder Cup defeat, what's wrong with American golf?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Oh, sure, the fact that the two top Americans in the Open were Kevin Chappell and Robert Garrigus, guys whom you can be forgiven for hardly knowing, could be troublesome if you're getting too jingoistic.
But the growing conventional wisdom, that American golf is getting lapped by the Europeans because a. we don't spend enough money on golf instruction for our kids, b. our kids are fat and lazy from video games, or c. it's all Tiger's fault are just silly.
Look, let's be honest here: right at this very moment, the Europeans are kicking theRead More »from Let’s not freak about this ‘decline of American golf’ thing