A Damn Furriner Wins The Masters

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BobLee
April10/ 2017

A Damn “Furriner” Wins The Masters

There is one subject about which I consider myself The Ultimate Authority – The Evolution of My Opinions on Sports, Politics, The Human Race, et al. The basis for that evolution is found in 1 Corinthians 13:11 – “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

I thought of that yesterday as I watched “Sunday at The Masters”. Over the past 40+ years I have missed very few Sunday at The Masters’ . I recall business travel on some Sundays but I was in a hotel room in time to see the final few holes. In my world there is no such thing as “must see TV” particularly in this age of endless replays. But Sunday at The Masters would be on a short list of “prefer to see if feasible”.

I played golf regularly (3-4 / month) for 25 years then quit cold turkey 14 years ago. I played to a 12 HDCP at the time. “Quitting golf” when I did was a VERY good decision for me based on an understanding of my temperament, personality, priorities and the nature of the game itself. During that period I had a business services contract with the three professional golf tours so I was constantly around the game and its top players of that era. I have been to Augusta four times during Masters Week and recommend it as a bucket list check-off for any sports fan. Augusta National and Mount Rushmore are two Wonders (man-made or natural) that, IMO, totally live up to the highest of expectations.

Augusta National

In golf, unlike almost every other sport, the “venue” plays a major role in the outcome. Football, basketball, tennis and, for the most part baseball are played on very specific dimensions. Playing on “the frozen tundra” of Lambeau Field in December versus a domed stadium “matters” and NASCAR tracks can be peculiar but in golf every course is different. That said…. The Masters is always at Augusta National and every golf fan knows “that back nine” as well as his own course.

Allowing for tweaks here and there to accommodate the evolution of equipment, it is the same course today where I watched Arnie and Jack (the fat version) duel in the early 60s. Over 50+ years various eras of players have come and gone but Rae’s Creek flows on. With the possible exception of Lee Trevino all the “greats” have won a green jacket along with a number of one win wonders.

Even when a whozit wins there is usually high drama involved as he emerges victorious over more “famous” players.

To today’s title – A Damn Furriner Wins The Masters – yes, a “foreigner” won this year – Sergio Garcia from Spain.  Sergio“Foreigners” have won a lot at Augusta. The first one I recall was Gary Player (South Africa). Player – Palmer – Nicklaus traded back & forth in the 60s. I recall not liking Player because he was “not an American”. Over the years that reasoning applied to Seve Ballisterous, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Sandy Lyle, et al including some lumpy guy from Argentina whose name I can’t recall. I’m sure I was not alone in my overt sense of overly caffeinated patriotism when it came to who won The Masters.

It probably goes back to Jesse Owens “defeating Hitler” in The Olympics back in the 1930s and those Olympic battles for ideological supremacy with Russia and East Germany in the 60-70-80s. If their athletes defeat our athletes then somehow their political ideology is superior to ours.

In the case of British golfer Colin Montgomerie it was that he was “lumpy” and had a ruddy complexion and never smiled. Which probably makes more sense than any other reason.

As yesterday evolved, the two young American golfers – Jordan Speith and Ricky Fowler never mounted charges. It came down to England’s Justin Rose or Segio Garcia. “Sergio” has been on Tour for 16-17 years and fans have developed their own like/dislike for him for whatever reasons. Rose is not controversial at all but among the top dozen players in the world. Sergio won in dramatic fashion.

It occurred to me that “where they were from” made no difference to me whatsoever… and had not mattered for quite a few years. I think that is a healthy evolution for me. As regular readers of BLSays well know…. “who wins games” has not mattered to me for some time now other than as a story angle.

I watch sports to see the rare, the unusual, the “never saw that before” take place…. Not to live vicariously thru the exploits of the participants…. Regardless of their nationality.

With “my Cardinals” off to a very uninspiring 2-4 stumble out of the gate, that mature approach might serve me well over the next 156 games.

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BobLee

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TheCowdog

Somewhere, a thousand or so waitresses and barkeeps cringed.
Garcia is a notoriously cheap b*****.

Former96Heel
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My list of reasons to love AGNC and The Masters is too long to go through, but I have always loved that when the PC cops tried to shove their agenda on them, they simply said Hmmm, we will save the advertisers the decision and go commercial free until this dies down. They did allow women in, but on their own terms. And money doesn’t buy you either a membership, nor a sponsorship. Being CEO of IBM or Secy of State may. Having the guts to stand on your principles may be easier when you have deep pockets, but there… Read more »

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My late FIL watched golf a LOT. Never played the game….not one round of Pitch and Putt or Putt Putt. BUT, he knew a LOT about the game from watching. He also said that watching golf was more rewarding than Pro-Football on Sunday afternoons. You could easily drift off for your afternoon nap during Golf and wake up and fall back asleep….while the NFL was (usually) not that restful. Have NO issues with a Furreiner winning. The game has evolved. Golf also seems to be one of the FEW sports where the participants do NOT make political statements or cast… Read more »

Rummie
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Rummie

The correct spelling is Angel Cabrera. He has also won the US Open in 2007. I remember reading after his open win that while other players showed up with their swing coaches and their sports phycologists, Cabrera showed up with a carton of Marlboros.
I’m happy for Garcia. He is so talented but seemed a head case, particularly at majors. He seems to have that behind him.
Masters Sunday is my favorite televised sports event of the year.

Doug
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I managed to check off two bucket list items in the same week. A visit to Augusta National was the leader in the clubhouse until Friday PM when I learned I was going to be grandfather for the first time. A baby girl. ANGC and the UNC BB win quickly took a back seat to this event. God is good. We are blessed. Get a lump in my throat every time I think of it.

Bill
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As you know, I am a golf fan. So I was glued to the screen yesterday and was rewarded with an afternoon of excellent golf and some high drama. Unlike other sports–I’m thinking specifically of last Monday night –golf is virtually never affected by referees. That fact certainly added to my enjoyment of the day. For reasons I still don’t understand, I was a Gary Player fan way back when he, The King and The Golden Bear were at their peaks. Maybe it was because I respected the way he got the very most of of his relatively small frame.… Read more »

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I was glad to see Sergio win. I quit following golf when Trevino retired but still like to see who is contending in the Majors. Sergio has always seemed to be a good guy and had never won a Major. It was a good win. I was actually leaning up against a pine tree waiting for a turkey to show itself as the event was winding down. Didn’t know Sergio won until this morning.

“You can feel it when you drive”…LT.

The Expatgriate
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The Expatgriate

My bad. Will you accept Angel Carera? I still admire the grace with which Señor De Vincenzo accepted the ruling. In contrast, I remember absolutely nothing about Cabrera except his name which surfaced after the earlier post. I looked it up in my handy-tandyu World Almanac, the poor man’s Google.

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My recollection is that “the lumpy guy from Argentina” was Roberto Vincenzo (sp?). Technically, he did not win although he had the low score. He signed an incorrect scorecard and he didn’t get a green jacket. So, he didn’t really win, or so The Poobahs said. In the grand tradition of golf, which I have never played, he took it with astonished good grace, which may be why I remember it. Some of the Coaches I Have Met would do well to emulate the good señor.

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70'sTarheel

Golf is the only sport(?) that I watch. I reluctantly gave up on the Heels because of TGU and the ACC/NCAA hypocrisy- I haven’t watched or listened to a game in over a year. I still want them to win, however. The NFL lost me with the national anthem ruckus. I can honestly say I don’t miss the games. Funny how other matters of interest can fill the time. Golf still attracts me on Sunday afternoons with its gentility and occasional dramatic turn. Yesterday’s final round sure provided the drama. Like you, I didn’t care who won. It’s liberating to… Read more »