Another thrilling Masters Tournament is in the books and Patrick Reed became the latest golfer to earn admission to an exclusive club (and the Tuesday Champions’ Dinner). The former Augusta State golfer shot 15-under par to claim the green jacket and a one-shot victory over Rickie Fowler.
As I reflect on the state of the golf world on this Sunday before the Masters, it would be folly of me not to recall 12 short months ago when golf was squarely in the cross hairs of popular commentators and blamed by some as a key element in the demise of the world economy. To paraphrase, golf was the breeding ground for many of the problems of the day as rich white men from Wall Street mixed with Washington politicians on junkets to play golf and devise plans to undermine our economy and enrich themselves. Additionally, the idea for golf to be used as a marketing tool for Northern Trust or Wachovia or Morgan Stanley was completely inappropriate in the minds of the press and in turn politicians. It was a public lynching of an honorable sport.