I am not a fan of Tiger Woods. It's not that I don't like him because of his extramarital trysts or his cussing on the golf course, or his spitting and his nostril clog removal between holes. Not to sound facetious, but he just never really turned me on. If I am lucky to go to a major golf tournament someday, I would follow the likes of PGA tour players Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker. Why? Because they interest me. Phil is very considerate of the fans. He smiles as he looks at them when they applaud his shotmaking. He signs autographs every day that he plays and when he can't sign any more, he sheepishly apologizes. He is fun to watch on television because he is not perfect. He gets himself into awkward situations and his brilliant recovery shots are amazing. He realizes that the most important shot in golf is "the next one." He is cool under pressure and never loses his temper.
Stricker is the comeback kid after a slump that almost cost him his PGA card. You always have a good feeling when he is on the leaderboard. He wears his emotions on his sleeve. He endears himself to the fans because of his humbleness. I am happy that he has revived his golf game and is a credit to the tour.
That's just two PGA tour players that I admire.
There are many who are splendid players that give credit to the tour, not only because of their mastery of golf, but also their personal moral values.
The younger players who have made their way to the tour can follow the example of Mickelson and Stricker. They can inherit their legacy whether they are on or off the course. By following their example they can "constantly" keep in touch with those fans that surround and applaud them week after week. I refer to the maxim, "The problem with communication is the assumption that it has already been accomplished."
The writer lives in Conway.