Tom Watson is a fine man who, at 59 years old -- more deadpan than bed pan -- almost captured perhaps the grandest golf major of them all and in his honor there will be no jokes about his age.
Except the only bag Watson carries these days isn't his golf bag, it's his colostomy bag.
Not saying that Watson is old but before his walk to the 18th hole he was asked for his AARP card.
The country long ago knew that Watson was going to be a good golfer when he beat Benjamin Franklin for a beaver pelt and oil lamp in a skins game.
Heck, couldn't resist.
We should all be thankful for Watson. To you, he's a gentleman, good sport and inspirational story. To me, he's a chance to once again beat a drum I've been pounding for years: Golf isn't a sport. The amount of athleticism required to play golf is about the same as it is to be a good bowler.
How else do you explain that a man who is nearly 60 came extremely close to winning a golf major?
This story might be inspirational but for the sport of golf it should also be mortifying. Actually, it's a tad embarrassing.
What does it say about a sport when it takes a playoff round to finally beat Watson despite Watson's age?
It says golf isn't a sport, that's what it says.
Thank you, Mr. Watson, for finally providing irrefutable proof.
There are no 59-year-old running backs, outfielders or point guards because the level of athleticism is so extreme in those sports that if someone Watson's age tried to play them they'd get broken into tiny pieces.
But there are 59-year-old bowlers, and bowling and golf are identical in the skill level required.
Golf is bowling, bowling is golf.
Football, basketball, baseball and hockey players aren't the only ones superior to golfers in their athletic ability. Auto racers, cyclists, rowers, marathoners, cricket players, rugby players, badminton players, WNBA players and anything in track and field are superior to golfers.
Golf and bowling are tied.
There are older professional athletes of course. The NHL's Chris Chelios is 47 and Dara Torres won three Olympic silver medals at 40. Yet there is still a tremendous difference between 40 and 59.
|colts_x_2: Thereís a fitness center right down the street from my house which has a bunch of tennis courts. One of the players there is an 88-year-old man. He is one of the best players, and he can beat the crap out of most of the 20- and 30-year-olds. I guess tennis isn't a real sport either, right? How about Julio Franco holding his own at first base at age 49? That disqualifies baseball as well. And what about the 48-year-old that started on a college football team a few years ago? So football isn't a sport either. Dara Torres in the Olympics? Oops, swimming isnít a sport. George Foreman? Boxing isn't a sport. That pretty much leaves gymnastics as the only real sport in the world.|
|Mike Freeman: Are you serious? An 88-year-old man is beating people 60 years younger at your "fitness center?" What "fitness center" do you belong to? Are you certain everyone at your "fitness center" is, well, alive? The only thing an 88-year-old man is going to beat me at is chess and a Hoveround competition. You must have some serious non-athletes at your nice little "fitness center" and by the way who uses the phrase "fitness center" any longer? Are you sure you're not the 88-year-old at your club?|
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It's about 20 years and a bowl full of Viagra.
The general sporting public has been blinded on this subject by a bunch of media hogwash. There's a significant reason why they've been suckered. Golf has been gifted an elevated status because of its aristocratic heritage and this country's wealthy elite (including some of us in the media) help push the notion that golfers are athletes because it benefits the powerful. The sporting public then laps it all up because they're told to.
The argument that golf is a real sport is the result of a century-long campaign of focused casuistry over reasoned logic.
Golf has been provided the sports equivalent of affirmative action.
John Daly possesses the girth of a planetoid and the athletic ability of a drunken tortoise yet for a lengthy period he was one of golf's best players. Not much more proof is needed for golf's lack of athletic prowess than a flatulent Daly.
It has been stated golfers start out by playing other sports and then gravitate toward golf and that alleged fact is used as proof that golfers are truly athletes. My guess is if golfers do indeed begin their athletic lives playing other sports the majority end up in golf because they couldn't make it in other athletic arenas.
The next time people talk about Tiger Woods as one of the best athletes in the world, this British Open should be remembered, since Woods got beat by a 59-year-old man.
Please, calm yourselves, and let's be clear. These complaints aren't as much about Watson as it is the sport and the media. Is Watson a good story? Sure. Is Watson also an exemplary story? Yes, because he's proof of what people like me have been saying for years: golf is enjoyable but golf is also ... bowling.
The athleticism required to play golf is so minimal it's negligible.
Watson showed this unequivocally. Thank you, Tom.
Or should I call you grandpops?
By the way, we know bowlers are definitely tougher than golfers because bowlers carry their own bags.