Stop it. Just cut it out.
You probably know some youngsters who need to hear that more often than they do. But this particular admonition – and I wish you could hear me say it aloud to get the full effect – is for another group: The Outrage Squad, the Pot-Stirrers, those grimacing social media junkies who are constantly on the prowl for the next “worst thing ever” so they can insinuate, accuse and broil their intended targets over a searing flame.
Sergio García, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes (who, while painfully slow on the golf course, is a fine man), anyone who played golf on the Saudis’ sandy soil: They’ve all been grist for the rage mill. People who have never met any of them, who don’t know their backgrounds, their families, their work ethic; people who know nothing about their charitable giving, their core beliefs, their values outside of golf; people who have never heard them talk about anything deeper than the 8-iron they hit on 16 and who have never seen them interact with anyone away from a golf course, those people tell us that we should be indignant, dismayed, and up in arms about this or that controversy.
The latest one might be the most outrageous. On Friday afternoon, Amy Olson and Ariya Jutanugarn played together in the second round of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Both players hit their second shots close to the par-5 18th green, leaving them relatively short pitches. Jutanugarn played first and pitched to within a couple of feet.
Then Olson, who was in th...
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