In debates about golf, as in debates about politics, people tend to split into opposing armies and dig trenches. I often find myself caught in no-man’s land, seeing and understanding (and taking fire from) both sides. So in this occasional series, which I call “On the One Hand, On the Other Hand…,” I delve into controversies in the golf world not by picking a side but by considering all sides..
On the one hand… Grayson Murray, PGA Tour pro, is frequently a jerk on Twitter. He has feuded pointlessly with other professional golfers. He has flirted with a high school girl. He has offered his — shall we say — undercooked opinion on police shootings. He has exited an argument about world ranking points by saying, apropos of nothing, “I love you @realDonaldTrump #MAGA.”
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This past weekend, as Brooks Koepka overwhelmed Erin Hills on his way to a three-stroke victory in the U.S. Open, golf obsessives on Twitter debated whether the venue was any good and, more interestingly, whether the tournament could use a new identity. Beneath all of the bellyaching and inexplicable rage, there was actually an engaging discussion.
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