ARTICLE FROM yahoosports.com (click here for full story)
I saw the above story and I decided to write about the topic. And that is Tiger and the PGA. For years and years and years, the great Tiger Woods has been the ONLY African American on the PGA tour. When I turn on a golf event Tiger is the only African American face. This is truly sad.
People say golf costs a lot of money to learn and play. Which might be true. But readers the old saying goes it their is a will their is a way. And if a young inner city girl or boy REALLY wanted to learn and play the game of golf…they can. This is my opinion. I may be wrong but this is how I feel. Tiger Woods’s dad was not a rich man at all but he taught his little kid Tiger Woods the game of golf and to be the best at it.
I when I turn on KJR sports radio here in Seattle I hear sports jock Dick Fain doing a commercial for the First Tee. A organization that is suppose to help young kids play the game of golf. BUT I have not seen any results of the First Tee when it comes to young inner city African Americans blowing up on the golf course and becoming the next Tiger Woods. I don’t see anything the First Tee has done.
When I turn on the U.S. Open this week AGAIN Tiger will be the only African American on the course. The PGA has a serious problem folks. Real talk. It seems the leaders of the PGA don’t give a damn about this. Here is a perfect example.
The example is what the writer wrote about above and what I am saying. When it comes to the problems that Sergio Garcia caused when he made his “fried chicken” so called joke over in England a few weeks ago. Why didn’t the leaders of the PGA FINE GARCIA? Like the writer of the article said above, if the NBA fined Indiana Pacer center Roy Hibbert fined $75,000 for his remark saying the word “homo” in a post game press conference, the PGA should have fined Sergio Garcia BIG TIME!
The PGA DID NOTHING except for putting out a damn statement. The PGA has a serious problem when it comes to race and African Americans. Hell the Masters ONLY opened it doors to African Americans in the 90′s!! Before then it was white as snow and in reality of course still is.
When I turn on the U.S. Open I want to see more African Americans playing instead of just one…..Tiger Woods. I want to turn on KJR radio and hear a tremendous golf fan sports jock Mitch Levy talk about another African American playing the game of golf in a big time way other than Woods. But right now it is not happening. I just heard Levy doing a interview with Johnny Miller and their was zero talk of another African American who might can win the U.S. Open. It is truly sad.
And another thing. What happened to the African American caddies for the players? Back in the day their was plenty of African Americans. But it seems as soon as the BIG money came into play on the PGA tour, African American caddies went by-bye. The is question is why? Truth be told I would like to see Tiger with a African American caddie. Why not…why not.
So as a sports fan I am very very disappointed to see Tiger Woods as the only African American on the PGA tour. I am very very disappointed that the PGA did not fine Sergio Garcia for his “fried chicken” comment about Woods. I am disappointed the First Tee is not doing more to get young African American kids interested in golf.
Truth be told Tiger is reaching back with his Tiger Woods Foundation. BUT their needs to be MUCH MUCH more Tiger Woods. The PGA has a SERIOUS problem when it comes to African Americans. Right now I don’t see the problem getting any better. The question is why. Gordon Curvey