There’s no wrong answer to this question: Should you like or dislike PGA Tour pros being friends both on and off the course?
Those who dislike it say these guys should be competitors on the course and that no one should be their friend until after the round is complete. Which is fair for people who want to experience these ‘battles on the course’, a fight to the finish to see who can come out on top.
But the thing is these guys do care about the game and its integrity. Who said they can’t be friends with their competition. We see this a lot more not just in golf but other sports in general. Guys like LeBron James being buddy-buddy with Dwayne Wade or Carmelo Anthony – once they get in between the lines they become competitors.
Golf, like other major sports, is more connected than ever with the use of social media. People connect better, like each others photos on Instagram, poke fun at each other in the comments, and the list goes on.
This level of camaraderie makes the game more fun for the fans because these guys seem more human than machine. Tiger Woods was considered a god because he was a human-like machine who swung a golf club perfectly and didn’t know the meaning of the word ‘defeat’.
When players on Tour act as friends, you connect to them on a human level because it reminds us of what it’s like on a casual Saturday golf-outing with three of your closest friends.
Players like Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are ushering in a new phase to the game. You could even say they are making golf fun again.
When was the last time you saw Tiger or Phil Mickelson stop each other before a round of golf and chat it up. Probably never. You probably never saw them go on Spring Break together…let alone two years in a row.