The Masters is over but the dust has nary settled from “Dropgate,” as the blogosphere continues to explode with arguments for and against the Tiger non-DQ/WD. I find myself disinterested in taking a position but glad Tiger played the weekend because I love to root against him when he gets in the hunt.
The purists in our game are outraged that the letter of the law wasn’t upheld but golf needs its villains too. I love the human element in golf and put in a similar situation, would have probably withdrawn and done the right thing. But Tiger is WAY PAST doing the right thing and actually adds interest to every telecast for fans looking for an antagonist. This is why we turn on the TV when players or teams we hate are on. The watch is compelling and pulling for the mighty to fall is American as apple pie. Who doesn’t enjoy a Yankees drubbing or a Cowboys implosion (outside of the Evil Empire and Big-D respectively.)
Golf and sports are played by humans and should be officiated by humans, not fans calling into TV production rooms or by machines evaluating every camera angle of every play to ensure perfection and complete fairness. Humans make mistakes and to remove the human element from all sports is ill-advised. So bring on the villains, blown calls, and controversy. It makes for excellent TV viewing and better conversation at the water cooler.