Devil's Advocate takes Austin's Side on British Open bail
“It blows my mind,” Mark Brooks the 1996 PGA champion, said of Austin’s decision to miss the British. “I can’t even imagine it. I think he owes it to himself. It’s good to have an appreciation of the game and its roots. When he stops playing and sits in a rocking chair someday, maybe he’ll understand it better.”
The above quote (from a GolfWeek article) personifies the Alpha-Male mentality of many professional golfers. If the opportunity is there, take it. I guess that, being a Beta Male (or is it Omega Male?) myself, these things are just not critical.
Woody Austin is the most intense guy out there. Not always positive intensity, mind you, but certainly, intense. His reasons for skipping the Open Championship are legitimate ones. Maybe Mark Brooks will be sitting in a rocking chair, thinking about US Opens that got away, but my money is on Woody still living life.
And while he’s gambling, or playing bingo, or doing whatever old guys from Florida do, will he regret a missed week in Carnoustie, a missed session of masochism on the hardest course in the world? I think not. The game that won him a victory and oodles of $$$$$ on midwestern USA courses does not translate to automatic success in Scotland. To thine own self, be true, as the bard wrote on his scorecard.
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This is the mentality I am trying to refine. What immortality? Boo Weekley didn't know who Paul Lawrie was!! Do you think that Woody Austin would be remembered any more than Ben Curtis or Todd Hamilton? If you ask people who the five US players in a row to win the British are, they will say Tiger, Tiger, Tiger and, uhhh, Tiger/Tiger? Woody, even with a win, would be immortal only to decrepit historians.
We're talking about a chance to play in AND WIN the oldest and most popular tournament in the entire world. Who in their right mind wouldn't want to do that?
Hate to break the news to ya, but to every country outside the US, the (British) Open Championship is the biggest in golf. And that is why all those fans know of Curtis & Hamilton. However, they likely don't know who Austin is.
Children also refuse to see both sides of an issue, ehh, Shanks? How many kids you got?
Let me interrupt by saying I love Shanks, and relish the opportunity to go back and forth over an idea we are both passionate about.
Back to my rant: I cannot speak for the multitudes, and I don't know anyone other than a deity who can. As such, Shanks, we need to elevate you to deity status.
At least Boo had the sense to give it a go. Now he's in the hunt for arguably the greatest title in all of golf. I imagine ole Boo is having a pint or two in the hotel pub tonight! I would pay good money to hear his impressions of links golf, Carnoustie and Scotland in general. Priceless.
you're saying. OK, you know full well I
meant brit. golf fans. Oh, hang on...
husband just confirmed he has only
vaguely heard of Ben Curtis and Tod
Hamilton - but have figured that one out
- he's French (or usual contrary self)
and probably hasn't watched a whole Open
since JVDV (and I beat him at golf
yesterday - no, not JVDV).
Sounds like hindsight now, but as good as Austin is striking the ball, he almost certainly would have done well at Carnoustie. But now we'll never know.
And I was right about Boo, he doesn't even know about current events like qualifying for Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, much less history of the game. I am amused by ole Boo but I found that to be quite stunning.