I have been reading that there are no true rivalries in golf anymore. Everyone is just too friendly. They don’t want to gut the other guy, they want to cheer him on. I am specifically talking about Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, and Rickie Fowler. When one of these guys win, the others are going to be around to congratulate him and celebrate the victory with him. Some people want them to act like the old Tiger and Phil. Well, it’s just not the same.
Tiger was the guy with blinders on, never having time for anyone or anything else but winning. Phil was the likable guy who had time for everyone. The difference in the two was so polar opposite that the fans picked a side to cheer for. That is what really made it so intriguing. They really needed each other though to elevate their games to the highest levels.
Jordan, Justin, and Rickie are great friends. They hang out on and off the course and grew up together. When the tournament starts though they are trying to beat each others brains in. If you don’t buy into that I have to think you never played anything at a highly competitive level. Think back, remember playing a game with your friends. Any game. Hell, some of ours came to blows, but after all was said and done we remained friends. The victor was celebrated and the losers worked harder to get the W the next time. It drove you to want to get better, to get the next win.
I find it refreshing, friendship and sportsmanship at the highest level. Jack, Arnie, Gary, and Tom were more like the modern version, you just didn’t see it because there wasn’t 24 hour coverage of everything back then. My hat is off to the boys, they have it figured out. Gentleman, play on.
See you next time