Golf badly needs a new star to rise
June 20, 2017 3:00 AM
by Mike North
The game of golf suddenly has parity and that’s not a good thing for the sport. Since professional golf’s inception, there has always been one player who all the others were shooting to topple.
Whether the names were Walter Hagan, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Bill Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods, there has always been someone on top of the hill to try to best. Well, those days are gone when the last seven majors have been won by seven different players – some virtual unknowns.
For instance, Brooks Koepka won his first major at the 2017 US Open and I’m sure 95% of the people watching TV on Father’s Day had no clue who he was. Golf always needs one prominent guy – he could be the perceived good guy like Nicklaus or controversial like Woods, but both were exceptional and big-time winners – ready to play great golf day in and day out.
What and where were Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Bubba Watson, who either didn’t make the cut like Day or who made the cut, but played horribly like Spieth? The big boys just aren’t showing up, and a guy like fan-favorite Rickie Fowler just can’t seem to pull the trigger on a major.
So we have Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters champ and now Koepka, the new US Open champ. Snore… no intrigue, no surprise and no buzz. Not good for golf!