Some bad golf journalism

This article appeared on the ABC News site about Adam Scott’s win in the Australian Masters. For the most part the article is fine, but I don’t like this quote one bit.

Unlike at the British Open, where Scott relinquished a four-hole lead with four holes to play in July to let slip what would have been his maiden major title, this time he showed superb composure.

I don’t get it. What has the British Open got to do with his play around Kingston Heath? Are journalists going to mention The Open every time he wins or has a near miss? This journalist (who is not mentioned) just doesn’t get it. I personally believe Adam showed great composure during and after his near miss at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Adam’s play at Kingston Heath this week should be applauded. He was brilliant (as was Poulter) and trying to compare the two events is sensationalism and laziness. Unfortunately, this is somewhat typical in this digital age. There is also very little accountability – they can almost print what they like and get away with it. That part of the article certainly rubbed me up the wrong way.

What are your thoughts? Am I being too harsh here?

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4 Comments

  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply November 19, 2012

    “This time he showed superb composure” can only be written someone who hasn’t played competition golf much – or hasn’t thought about it enough. It stems from the (false) belief that whether you win or lose is up to you. Its not. No one can control golf to that degree. The fact is you can have “superb composure” and still lose. Its the nature of a game which involves hitting a small ball vast distances over terrain filled with hazards in order to put it in a tiny hole in the ground. The Scots certainly had a sense of humour 🙂

  • Lukey

    Reply Reply November 19, 2012

    I really think sometimes that they were hoping he would choke instead of giving him the kudos he deserves.Your right Cam they are just lazy.
    Cheers Lukey

  • Mike Divot

    Reply Reply November 19, 2012

    Cam, journos are lazy opportunists who spend most of their time sniffing for blood.

    So, yes, they will mention The Open “slip up”/choke”/what have you, every time the words Adam Scott are spoken or written, until he manages to win it.

  • Troy Vayanos

    Reply Reply November 21, 2012

    No, you’re spot on Cameron.

    Journalists just love to keep bringing up failures of players especially Australian’s in this country.

    The two tournaments are completely different, different players, different golf course and circumstances. They still don’t understand how difficult this game is and the high level of skill needed to win a major championship.

    Adam Scott is my favourite golfer and has had a sensational year in my mind and got his just rewards with the win at Kingston Heath.

    I hope many more wins to come in 2012!

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