The victory and exhilaration, for me, is more about the person than the country. Adam’s collapse in the Open Championship was as heartbreaking as this redemptive win was heart-pounding and tear-generating.
Golf can be boring to watch…until it very suddenly isn’t. If you are a patient
viewer and allow the story to construct itself and the drama to unfold, you
will be rewarded with a memorable entertainment experience like none other.
Allow me to coin the term “Reality Sport.” Some legitimate sports, week to
week, build to victories and defeat, culminating in weak human value.
Golf, for me, builds on the backs of its vulnerable players an intricate epic story on an intensely emotional level that accumulates to become a story of monumental achievement and debilitating loss.
The experience happens each week over four days during each tournament, but even more so, more intensely, during the major championships. It is a gift for patient viewers. It is an elevating spiritual experience. It is a Reality Sports experience because the ending is so unpredictable and emotionally charged.
By the way, parents, I can think of no better world into which you should introduce to your children. The First Tee program is the ultimate in sport, ethics, and humanity basics. You can also do this on your own, if you know what golf is all about.
Golf instills life lessons of serious and dramatic import. It can also supply crazy-good suspenseful entertainment.