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Welcome to Teeing off, where Devil Ball editor Jay Busbee and head writer Shane Bacon take a day’s topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by writing , or hit us on Twitter at @jaybusbee and @shanebacon. Today, in the wake of SpitGate, we’re talking golf etiquette, and the distinct lack thereof.
BUSBEE: Rules! Rules! Golf is drowning in rules! And drowning in spit, too, if you believe the volume of comments generated by Tiger Woods’ expectoration in Dubai over the weekend. sure, what he did was crass and pretty tacky, but was it a violation of golf’s “rules,” or just bad behavior? And considering some of the bodily functions that occur while on a golf course — not saying nothin’, but there isn’t a bathroom on every hole — is what Tiger did really all that bad? or are we just looking for things to bust on the guy about?
BACON: as I’ve said about a lot of athletes, if we had a camera following us around 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we would ALL be in violation of 90 percent of the stuff these guys get busted for. It’s tough to live in a real life “Truman Show” as Tiger Woods probably does, and I’ve said that SpitGate is ridiculous, but I guess, as he said, “I should know better.”
Now, with that said, you’re kidding yourself if you don’t think some of the older guys didn’t do this stuff all the time on the golf course. I’ve heard stories about some of the golfing legends that would make your skin crawl, so lets stop talking about disrespecting the game. the only difference in golf back in 1985 and golf in 2011 is high definition, a way better golf ball, and biceps.
BUSBEE: All of Woods’ problems are fundamentally of his own making, at least on the personal level, but I can’t help but feel bad for the guy at a time like this. he absentmindedly spits, and it’s worldwide news? Yeah, I guess we contributed to that by putting it on the front page of Yahoo!, but my angle from that article still holds: This is way too much about nothing.
So, let’s have it: the worst breach of etiquette you’ve seen. I’ve helicoptered a wedge or two after flying the green for the seventh time. but that’s not nearly as bad as the guy I once saw one hole over who turned over his putter, hatchet-drove it nose-first into the ground, and pulled up a chunk of green the size of a manhole cover. now that’s unsportsmanlike conduct! You?
BACON: I didn’t actually see this, but it’s a story my dad tells me all the time about a hot-headed guy at our course. he missed a big putt to win a match on the 18th green, during the days of my country club when the games were large sums of money. he calmly walked over to his cart, slammed his putter down, it broke, hit his cart, kicked off, and lodged into his leg. he then, bloody leg and all, sold his golf cart and clubs on the spot, and left the golf course. (And yes, as the story goes, he returned a week or so later trying to buy his golf cart back from the dude he sold it to.)
I had this crazy kid on my high school team that once threw a whole set of nice irons into a pine tree because he got his driver stuck up there. to this day, after a thunderstorm, you can drive by that tree and see a club that’s fallen out.
All right, you’re up. worst golf breach you’ve ever seen? You can say it was someone else if you don’t want to own up to your own shortcomings. go!
[Image of Huey Lewis spittin' up everything but the heart of rock n' roll via Dogs That Chase Cars.]
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