Masters

As dusk settled in on Augusta, GA Australian Adam Scott was provided with the coveted “Green Jacket” by last year’s winner Bubba Watson and in going green may have ushered in perior where the USGA is not dominated by an American golfer.  Golf’s first major of the year did not see an American in any of the top three positions on the leaderboard.  Aussies and an Argentinian surrounded Tiger Woods’s fourth-place tie finish to make his result look even more conspicuous than his second round setback.

American golfers are quickly being overtaken by internationals who seem to have better prospects than the Americans, who for the most of history have dominated the sport. Rory Mcilroy, Lee Westwood, Brendt Snedeker and now Adam Scott all seem to be the names associated with leading important tournaments.  Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers in history, but he’s constantly number one based on past accomplishments. In the second round, he was penalized two shots for an illegal drop after hitting the ball in the water, but he could’ve been dismissed from the tournament for the wrongdoing. He eventually finished fourth, but that will be marred by questions over the legitimacy of his compliance with the rules.  Did the rules committee bend the rules to accommodate the USGA and TV ratings.  TV is all about ratings, and when Tiger’s in the chase on a Sunday then people tune in in droves.

If Tiger was 12 shots back and the leader board was exactly the same, the ratings would’ve been totally different. No red-blooded American cares about three Aussie’s and an Argentinean. A 14-year old Asian was the lowest-scoring amateur for the tournament, which also suggests the sport is soon going become a variety show of international champions. The USGA probably doesn’t want this and needs to keep hoping that the next great American golfer comes along sooner than later or else the European Tour will start to become better-viewing TV. No one wants to root for a South African like Ernie Els even though he’s reasonably likable.  American viewers probably want Bubba Watson or Dustin Johnson to beat the international interlopers in iconic American tournaments.  After all, the primary advertising revenue isn’t sourced from eyeballs in the UK or Melbourne, it’s coming from American homes with the demographic that TV execs salivate over – employed Americans with more than enough discretionary income to purchase Mercedes Benz, AMEX, Callaway and any and all internet trading sites.

Would the next great American Golfer please stand up!