You never saw Jack Nicklaus behaving like Tiger Woods

2010-02-10 00:00

A PLAYER’S behaviour influences the fans.

They say that everybody loves a winner. Well, that may be true, but it is not always the case. Over the years, we have seen individuals and teams dominate certain sports. There are divided opinions as to whether domination is healthy for a particular sport.

The governing body of motor racing admitted that the popularity of Formula One racing worldwide was generally at its lowest when Michael Schumacher, driving a Ferrari, was dominating. The FIA said there needed to be better opposition to make it more interesting.

Dancing around the green, fist pumping à la Tiger Woods does not go down very well with the majority of golf fans. For years, the Australian press mentioned that watching the Australian cricket team roll over the opposition year in, year out, wasn’t much fun. Not only that, members of the always-victorious Aussie team became unpopular, even with their own people, because of their arrogance, their peacock-strutting behaviour and sneering expressions.

And yet, Roger Federer dominates tennis where he hardly ever loses a match. Tennis fans do not seem to mind him winning regularly and the sport remains as popular as ever. He wins matches in an unassuming and humble way.

You never saw Jack Nicklaus behaving like Woods. So it seems that there are popular and unpopular winners. So why is there a difference? Generally, it’s the players’ behaviour during the game, and when they cross the line or sink the final putt, that influences the fans to either love or hate them.

A word of advice to young aspiring golfers: always behave with decorum; remember the etiquette and spirit of the game when you are winning or losing tournaments, especially if you wish to enjoy the support and backing of your fellow competitors — and most of the fans.

From the 19th hole:

A group of 40-year-old mates meet to discuss where they should play golf.

Finally, it was agreed that they should play at Pine Valley because the new barmaid there wears a low-cut blouse.

Ten years later, at 50 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should play. Finally, it was agreed that they should play at Pine Valley, because the course is a real test of golf and the greens are especially good at this time.

Ten years later, at 60 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should play. Finally, it was agreed that they should play at Pine Valley, because they can eat there after the game and the bar is non-smoking.

At 70, the group agreed that they should play at Pine Valley, because there are plenty of ride-on-carts and the green fees are discounted for old guys.

At 80 years, the group once again discussed where they should play. Finally, it was agreed that they should play at Pine Valley because they had never played there before.

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