Now it's European media making excuses for why they can't win PGA Championship at Baltusrol
European golfers have already offered their pre-excuses of why they can’t win U.S. majors and particularly the PGA Championship. Now, the fawning European golf media is getting into it.
John Huggan is a columnist for Scotland on Sunday and a European correspondent for Golf Digest and Golf World. He lives in Scotland. He lists five factors why the Euros can’t win here, and most are typical European whining, except for the last one.
1-Europeans were unable to play in U.S. majors for many years, for whatever reasons. That may have been true in the past, but not in recent decades.
2-He uses the weather as an excuse, if you can believe that, pointing out that, since the PGA is the least of the four majors in prestige, Europeans golfers would just as soon avoid the August heat in the U.S. As an example, he cites Englishman Paul Broadhurst, who passed up his invitation to visit New Jersey and Baltusrol and instead go to … Florida.
3-The PGA is the most “American” of the four majors, Huggan writes, and so gives an unfair edge to the Americans. By this reasoning, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus should never have won the British Open because it is so “British.”
4-The PGA is not as prestigious as the other majors (see No. 2). “It’s a sad fact that the only people who really rate it are those who have won it,” Huggan writes. What do you want to bet if a European wins it – a long-shot to be sure – he’ll be doing the same.
5-Finally, even Huggan gets to the truth: the U.S. has the best players. “…It is a fact of golfing life that most of the best players over the last 60 years or so have been or are nephews of Uncle Sam,” Huggan writes.
Why don’t these Euro-weeners just shut up and lose like the gentlemen they are supposed to be.
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I better give you some sort of a boost I suppose.
The US don't have the best players. They have the best player Tiger Woods. Then alot of the other best are internationals like Vijay, Ernie, Retief, and Europeans like Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington.
The good US players are Woods, Michelson and ....... ah ....... er .......ah ....... well you can start naming Furyk (worthy enough), but then if you list Toms, Perry etc. you are starting to clutch at straws.
The US don't have many of the best players in the world.
Had his last putt not brushed the hole he would have been in a playoff.
Well done Europe.
But I was rooting for Phil Michelson.
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