Tim Finchem, PGA Tour pros selfish and arrogant?
You may already know that almost everyone else in the world thinks American pro golfers are a bunch of spoiled, rich brats who hate to bother with the inconvenience of traveling outside the U.S. Why not just stay home and play where the money is, the hell with growing the game around the world?
John Huggan, European correspondent for Golf Digest and Golf World really lays it on the line with a column about how the World Golf Championships, designed to spread the gospel in the far-flung reaches of the globe, have evolved into tournaments largely in the U.S.
When the Accenture Match Play Championship headed to Australia, 40 players withdrew, most of them American.
“Pampered, spoiled and apparently devoid of responsibility, too many of golf’s elite displayed a depressing disdain for the game that has made them materially rich beyond imagination,” Huggan writes in a column.
As most of the WGC tournaments have migrated to the U.S., not to mention three of the four majors already here, Huggan takes off on PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.
“As an example of corporate arrogance, it was breathtaking,” he writes. “As an example of international cooperation and friendship, it was, to put it in crude Scottish parlance, piss-taking.
“It was also, of course, an example of blatant hypocrisy…So while everyone else is holding hands around the table, Finchem is – hidden from view no doubt – gleefully rubbing his sticky little fingers together.”
Strong words. Can’t say I disagree.
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But I start getting annoyed when I hear an American (I believe it was Ryan Palmer) state that the Nationwide Tour has a higher standard of play than the European Tour. I firmly believe the standard of play on the European Tour is at least as good as on the PGA Tour. (Save for the fact that the couple of best players choose to play almost exclusively in America. As Under Par might say, discounting the prodigies and studying the average, the Europeans are just as good. This statement is doubtless going to be disputed fiercely by Americans here, because until an American is 10 years old, he/she doesn't actually know that anywhere else exists except America.)
The European courses are also generally harder. The Open courses are also much harder than Augusta and the U.S Open and PGA Championship courses.
Except for these gripes, I must admit that Greg Norman's idea of a 'world golf tour' is absurd and logistically infeasible.
Anyway, Europe hasn't been to friendly toward us as of late, so why should we bend over backwards to give them a piece of the pie? When they stop electing socialist governments, capitulating to terrorists, and generating anti-American sentiment (I'm not including England in this), then it may be appropriate to reassess matters.
Of course, I'm sure Timmy the leftist sissy wouldn't agree, but he's not really American anyway.
Eastern Europe is largely corrupt. Western Europe, especially England, (generally) loves America and are closer to the American culture than anyone [save for Canada and Mexico(?)].
Well, you agree partially it seems. It's a stretch to say that western European nations love us. The truth is that they don't like us very much at all.
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