The Greatest Spectacle In Sports

Yes.  I said it…SPORT….
Golf is a sport and the greatest event in golf, The Masters started yesterday.  There is a great piece on Sports Illustrated online today.  It’s an interview with Jim Nance and his impressions and memories about The Masters.  It’s a great read and for any golf fan who’s followed the Masters for years, it will produce the "chill bumps" all over again. 

Here’s a glimpse at the range of topics covered in the conversation style interview:
(remaining text is a direct quote from the article on

SI: An SI poll found that almost 90 percent of Tour
players said invading Iraq was a good idea, and zero had seen Brokeback
Mountain. Is there something beyond socioeconomics going on? Something
about golf that suits a conservative temperament?

JN: I don’t think golf gives you a political bent.

SI: Is it about control? Focus? Discipline?

Golf is an individual sport. You have to be disciplined. Not that I’m
saying liberals are undisciplined. I’ll give you my political leanings
when I run for office in a couple of years. But do I substitute the
word discipline for conservative? Maybe. Guys in golf
aren’t hanging out in bars late at night, by and large, or trying to
find the great nightclub at this week’s Tour stop. If you do, you won’t
succeed. So it’s a regimented group. You need discipline to get to the
Tour in the first place. You need discipline to hit balls, to train.
Nobody’s going to cover for you out there — it’s just you.



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