Why young guys are now drawn to the world’s oldest game
It all started in Scotland, Prestwick to be precise, in 1351 by good Old Tom Morris, although it was banned for a while by a string of Kings named James (II, III and IV) in the 1400s - only for the ban to be lifted in 1502.
So you see, even way back when - this ‘majestic’ game was making headlines.
These days there’s plenty of action to report, not least the summer we’ve just seen with Rory McIlroy missing out on major tournaments due to an ankle injury, Jordan Spieth taking full advantage of Rory’s absence to come up on the inside lane to snatch the world number one spot and Jason Day’s emotional win at Whistling Straits.
There’s one thing that brings all these players together – aside from their love of the game itself.
It’s that they’re all just in their twenties.
These are young guys; they’ll have trained since they were kids. It’s been their dream, their aspiration to be the best in their field, well, green.
No longer is golf an old man’s sport, an armchair spectator sport, a slow-pace, pipe and slippers type of gig. Oh no, this has become a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting, white-knuckle ride – not for the faint hearted.
It’s little wonder then that big sponsors like Nike and Santander want a slice of the action too.
Readers, golf is officially glamorous.
The precision, skill, dexterity and determination required to master this art is not to be sneered at. And the fact that these guys can come along and get to the world number one spot, at such a young age - is nothing short of phenomenal.
Rory, Jordan and Jason…we salute you!