PGA Tour: Remembering When Golfers Played With Class And Dignity Instead Of Crass And Idiocracy

The following is an article by soon-to-be-91-year-old Clara Morano, who has watched the sport of golf for more years than many of our readers have been alive. The views and opinions expressed are solely hers. Please enjoy this special guest piece.

“I have been watching the game of golf since 1945. I remember the golfers as a great group of players. They had class and respect for their mates and even praised each other. People like Tom Watson, Gentle Ben, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and others brought dignity to this great game. They laughed with each other. If they missed a putt, they smiled and picked up the ball. If they made a birdie, they did not punch their arm in the air and dance, as if someone is supposed to pin a medal on them.

Today,s players have no class and seem to think that they can do or say anything on or off of the golf course and not be called on it by anyone. I think the golfing association (PGA) has gotten very lax and let even the fans get cruder and cruder. It is still supposed to be a game of prestige.

Let’s try to keep it that way.”

To hear more from Clara, including her thoughts on the PGA or anything else from the world of sports, politics or religion, all you have to do is ask. And sometimes, not even then. Trust me.


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About the author

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.