I’ve never taken a survey but I think most of my friends in the sports media would argue that PGA golfers are not athletes.
I’ve found that most if not all of the people who make that claim either don’t play golf or shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a golf course.
How could anybody watch Tiger Woods’ second shot on number 16 at Pebble Beach yesterday and not realize that it took a ridiculous amount of athletic ability?
He was 260 yards from the hole and had a tree branch blocking his line. Most players would have tried to punch a low line drive and try to run it up as close to the green as possible.
Woods took out a three wood and sent it out low enough to miss the tree and got it to within 15 feet of the hole.
If that’s not athleticism, what is it?
It took tremendous hand-eye coordination, timing, strength and body control.
The non-believers like to look at guys like John Daly and Craig Stadler and say they’re not athletes because they have 48 inch waists.
They’re not athletes in the same way that Michael Jordan is an athlete, but what they have to do with their hands, arms and hips takes other worldly coordination.
Near the end of NBC’s telecast last night they showed a super slo-mo of third round leader Dustin Johnson’s swing. Only an idiot woulod suggest that it’s not an athletic thing of beauty.