Halfway through the final round of The Players Championship this morning, I had to double check exactly who Tim Clark, Robert Allenby and Lee Westwood were. As far as the commentators were concerned, they’d never won a golf tournament before.
Was this the same Tim Clark who had won in South Africa, Scotland and Australia? Was this the same Lee Westwood with 22 career victories in over 10 different countries and the same Robert Allenby who has four PGA Tour victories and 18 International wins?
It seemed it was but I was starting to wonder whether they’d even played golf before today. Lucas Glover was made out to be a world beater with his two career, US-soil victories. Granted one of them was a major golf tournament which is a whole different story, right?
Given winning a golf tournament anywhere in the world is a supremely hard thing to do and tournament fields across the planet getting better and better, is it really such a big deal to win in the US any more?
If someone can close out a golf tournament in another part of the world, does it make them any less of a golfer if they don’t win in the US? There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Rory McIlroy was the real deal 12 months ago but we still endured “Folks, you’ve discovered him in many ways here in Charlotte!”, after his PGA Tour victory two weeks ago.
Most would agree that generally the US PGA Tour is the ultimate test in target golf. Winning on it would mean you are very, very good at golf. Specifically, target golf.
Look, I get it. The fields on the PGA Tour are of greater depth than on other tours but I’m not convinced being a good target golfer should in anyway detract from a stellar career record. At the very least, the commentators should mention it.