I’ll be honest, most of the time I don’t pay much attention to golf. I’ve never played and I usually find it boring to watch.
I don’t like Tiger Woods and I wish ESPN would give us more on the sport than whatever Tiger’s latest issue is, but that’s another rant for another day.
I have no problem admitting that I only pay attention to golf during The Masters, and usually only on the last day if there’s a good story.
This year, that story was 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, who held the lead on the final day. Unfortunately, somewhere around the eighth hole, Spieth remembered that he is only 20 and relinquished the lead.
I briefly switched the TV back to the baseball game I had been watching, but something brought me back to the golf broadcast, and I can only figure it was the guy who took the lead, a guy named Bubba Watson.
You’ve probably heard the sound bite from Bubba after he won, and I’m sure we’ll all soon be sick of hearing it, but for now I think it bears repeating.
“A small town guy named Bubba now has two green jackets, it’s pretty wild,” Watson said.
It is pretty wild, and it’s great for golf.
His name alone is worth a lot. The last time Bubba won, I didn’t pay any attention at all until The Masters was already over and I saw on Twitter that a guy named Bubba won.
Maybe it’s just me, but ‘Bubba’ just doesn’t seem like a typical golf name to me. It’s certainly good for getting attention.
But it’s not just his name, it’s him. He is extremely likeable, which is quite the contrast to what golf’s biggest star, Tiger, has become.
Rory McIlroy seems like a cool guy, but most Americans will find it easier to root for a small town guy from the United States than someone who talks with a funny accent.
This is one reason I really hope Spieth doesn’t turn into a one-hit wonder. He’s a kid from Dallas, who, so far, is pretty easy to root for.
Golf is a niche sport, and to get away from that, it needs good, young players who people want to see succeed.