Polo Shirts and All: Why Golf Is The Punkest Sport There Is

CHASKA, MN - AUGUST 11:  Ian Poulter of England hits a shot during the second preview day of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 11, 2009 in Chaska, Minnesota.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Dayne DurantiCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2009

Most of my friends don't understand my obsession with golf.

I come from a long history of playing rock and roll, touring, making albums and staying up late.

Now, granted I do not live like that anymore but I do still have the scars of that life I left behind.

When I walk onto a tee box or am putting somewhere I get funny looks. My arms and legs are covered with tattoos and there isn't anything that a polo shirt is going to do about it.

I spent many years searching for the next thing in my life, something to fill the void that rock and roll left behind.

Golf fills that void.

No other sport i so demanding and causes such a need for true inner inspection.

When you are ready to swing on a tee box, it is just you verses the course. There is something very underground about that.

DIY-Do it yourself. A familiar ethic in the underground music scenes applies directly to golf. If you don't do it for yourself, no one will.

When watching the pros on a Sunday afternoon, there is no greater drama or intensity in any other sport. The story lines and the competition are incredible. I believe you could call them "Emo."

Golfers like Ryan Moore who buck the system and refuse to wear any corporate names on their clothing are very "Indie."

There is nothing more rock and roll than the "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll" ethic that John Daly lives his life by.

And finally we have Tiger Woods throwing clubs and swearing. Mirroring a young Sid Vicious of the 1970s. Pissed off and not afraid to show the world what he is made of, whether we like it or not.

Pure, honest intensity.

A reason why golf is my new punk.

And I don't care what you think. 

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