IN AN ARMCHAIR GOLF EXCLUSIVE, Golf talked about being reinstated to the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games after today’s announcement by the IOC from Copenhagen. Golf was approved by a vote of 63-27, with two abstentions. We spoke by phone.
Q: Thanks for taking the time.
GOLF: No problem.
Q: So, what was your reaction to today’s news?
GOLF: I was pleased. It’s gratifying. I haven’t been in the Olympics in a long, long time. It will be good to be back.
Q: Player reaction was strong. Jack Nicklaus said, “The impact is going to be felt all over the world.”
Q: Jack Nicklaus.
GOLF: Oh, Jack. Good for him. Yeah, we’ll see.
Q: Is this validation for you?
Q: That you’re a sport, that kind of thing.
GOLF: I don’t need a bunch of old men on a committee to say I’m a sport. I’m comfortable with myself. I’m honored they’ve decided to include me. Really I am. But I don’t get caught up with labels—Am I a sport?—and all that nonsense. I just ignore it, to be honest with you.
Q: Let’s switch gears. What do you think of the Presidents Cup?
GOLF: I haven’t watched any of it.
Q: But you’ll be watching this weekend?
Q: That’s a little surprising.
GOLF: I’m not too interested in myself after football starts.
GOLF: Yeah. Big SEC fan. LSU Tigers, just like David Toms.
Q: You’re missing some good matches.
GOLF: I hope the fans are enjoying them. Personally, I get tired of watching myself on TV. It’s kind of boring. Oh, I might switch over during commercials to see how Tiger is doing.
Q: Enjoy the off season.
GOLF: I always do.
−The Armchair Golfer
(This is an ARMCHAIR GOLF spoof.)