As a professional sport, the game of golf is a tough thing.
To be sure, other sports are also tough in their own respective ways. Football is tough, American football is tough. So is archery and F1 Racing. And would you say boxing isn’t tough? As for tennis, just ask Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova how tough it can be.
But here, let’s just talk about golf being a tough sport. And just as an example, let’s go through the on-going Arnold Palmer Invitational. Going into Round Three, leading the competition are Billy Haas and Justin Rose. Followed closely behind by several players including Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods.
Now take a look at the list of Missed Cut names. Among them: Brendt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson. And K.J. Choi, Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera. They are not just ordinary players. They are names known to the world of golf year in year out.
Snedeker is currently ranked No.1 in the FedExCup, has won once this season, got two 2nd Places and one 3rd Placing. Mickelson has also won once this year, and one 3rd Placing. As for KJ Choi and Els, neither is a small-time player, both having one a major or two between them.
The same is true for any other golf tours. The LPGA will show us that for the past two years – 2011, 2012 – Yani Tseng was the LPGA’s No. 1 player. But Yani has not been winning since 2012 Kia Classic. She is now No.2, her place being taken just a few days ago by American Stacy Lewis. Adding a bit of salt to the injury, Yani was withdrawn from defending her title at the Kia Classic when she missed her tee off time for the Pro-Am.
One year you are No.1, the next you are displaced. One week you were a champion of one golf tournament, the following week you struggled and then you go home after two days. You birdied that last hole, but this hole…
So you see how tough golf can be. For professionals and amateurs alike.
Happy golfing, folks!