Monday, June 18, 2007

How People "Relate" With Angel Cabrera

I hope I'm not the only one that finds it absolutely, eh, AMERICAN that ESPN and it's daily television shows find it imperative to focus on the fact that Angel Cabrera smokes. I mean, isn't it a little sad that the mass media must find a comfortable medium with a foreign champion so it focuses on one of his bad habits instead of the fact that HE JUST WON THE GODDAMN U.S. OPEN OVER TIGER WOODS?!?!

Again, Cabrera was the only player in top 20 and one of only two golfers on Sunday to break par. Also, Cabrera was the only golfer in the entire tournament to shoot two rounds under 70.

No matter if you’re one of those patriotic sports fans that want an American to take home the national championship or a golfer that loves when El Tigre steps up and takes home the big tournaments, Cabrera proved the theory that follows our current U.S. Open trends. The harder the golf course, the more it opens up the field. If the USGA continues to make these golf courses this difficult, you will see more and more random golfers at the top of these leader boards (i.e., Niclas Fasth, Bubba Watson, and Nick Dougherty in the top 10). That isn’t a horrible thing – we have learned to love the Geoff Ogilvy’s of this world along with the Jason Gores and Watsons. These guys are why the tournament has local and sectional qualifying and, like Roy McAvoy says, is the most democratic golf tournament in the world.

Next month we get to watch the burnt out fairways and deep bunkers of Carnoustie, but right now lets appreciate a solid four days by an unknown character. Seeing Angel cover his mouth after his near hole-out on the 15th hole might have been the best moment of the entire tournament.

Charles McGrath/Getty Images


Eric said...

Bacon, right on with this. I've read so many things about how Angel 'chain smoked' the whole round. A lot of pro golfers smoke (and a lot of the ones that don't smoke, dip). Thanks for pointing out how dumb it is to focus on that. Also, when he hit that shot at the 15th was when I knew he was going to win the tournament (although I thought Jim might have a chance for a minute or two after that).

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