I hate it when the announcers at Golf Channel say stuff like “Everyone in golf is so happy that Adam Scott won the Masters.”
Such a proclamation is beyond presumptuous, and it completely misses how those of us who hate anchoring really felt about his victory.
I, for one, was rooting hard for Jason Day and Angel Cabrera to beat Adam “Mr. Chicken Wing” Scott – and I doubt that I was alone after perusing a poll at Geoffschackleford.com yesterday, a site that’s must reading for serious golf fans.
Shackleford asked his readers this question: “Does Adam Scott’s win alter your view of the proposed anchoring ban.” Two of their possible choices basically asked the same thing: are you in favor of the ban. As of this writing, 304 voted Yes. The other two choices, which were in support of anchoring, attracted 154 votes.
So, after 458 votes have been cast, 66.4% (2 out of 3) of the participants are in favor of the ban despite Scott’s supposedly popular victory.
I pray the USGA and R&A stick to their guns and go ahead with the ban – actually I hope they find a way to move up the date to the beginning of the 2014 season. Then I will also pray that no player wins one of the last three majors this season using the AP because one asterisk for each of the big four is way more than enough for golf’s major’s record book.