Saturday, April 17, 2010
The Jerry Rice Experiment
There is something to be learned from the experience of Jerry Rice this week at the Fresh Express Classic. Golf is f***ing hard. Really hard.
On Thursday, in his professional golf debut, Rice shot a 12-over 83, tied for last place in the field, a round that started and ended with double-bogeys. It was the type of round that humbles you, mainly because you head into an experience like that with such expectations.
Rice is just another on a long list of people in this world that think just because they were athletes once they should be able to dominate the golf world. It isn't that hard. It isn't supposed to be that hard.
Professional golfers have been playing in competitive events since they were a fetus, grinding out an even par round when they don't their best stuff; making birdies on the last hole to turn that 67 into a 66. It's the type of thing that makes the real golfers, the men like Tiger, Phil, Stewart and Angel, so impressive.
Can I go out and shoot a 63 on any given day? Yes, actually I can. Could I do it three out of four days. Hell no, that's why I'm typing and they're chipping. It's a tough game, and Rice let everyone in the world know that this week.