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SBD/June 16, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Without Tiger, Golf Needs To Rely On Several New Stars, Including Martin Kaymer
Published June 16, 2014
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LOST IN THE WOODS: YAHOO SPORTS' Brian Murphy wrote it is "going to take a lot more from Kaymer -- and more importantly, from the rest of the current best players in the world -- to save the sport from slipping into pre-Tiger obscurity" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 6/15). In DC, Thomas Bowswell wrote, "Never have so many people wanted to send Tiger Woods a get well card." What if Woods "is washed up?" What does "golf have then?" As this U.S. Open "has clearly exposed with the early exit or irrelevance of recognizable names, the game of golf is down to a score of gifted but lesser lights, a couple of arriving twinkles in the sky such as Jordan Spieth, 20, and Mickelson, a beloved but slumping 44-year-old who may be on the wane" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/15). In Boston, Ron Borges writes Kaymer plays with "metronomic-like consistency but not much flair." He is a "great but boring" champion. Kaymer does not play "the kind of game that will bring golf new fans nor the kind that inspires wide-eyed hysteria" like Arnold Palmer once did "or awestruck wonder as Tiger Woods has for so long" (BOSTON HERALD, 6/16). In DC, Barry Svrluga writes Kaymer "is a worthy player," but there was a "metronomic feel to this entire week, a tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock sameness that might have lulled viewers into a nice nap" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/16).
DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER: In L.A., Bill Dwyre wrote Kaymer is "not yet a media sensation," but if the media "takes the time to listen, he may be in the conversation soon." This is "not a pitch for making Kaymer the next big thing." It is a "suggestion that the raw material is there and we shouldn't overlook it, just because he speaks with a German accent and plays the game like a perfectly engineered Mercedes-Benz" (L.A. TIMES, 6/15). In Boston, Michael Whitmer writes Kaymer is "quickly becoming the face of golf played in the US" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/16).