Why Not Golf?

Gregory PaiContributor IJune 26, 2008

When asked, many would say that golf is the most boring sport to watch. Many would also say that when looking at all aspects of golf, they wouldn't even have the patience to stand playing it.

Well, personally, I enjoy golf and almost as if it is a way of life. Believe it or not, I used to be the type of person that couldn't watch golf at all. I always stuck to what were considered the three “main” sports—baseball, basketball, and football. Eventually, that changed.

One day, I went with my family to the U.S. Open which was played at Shinnecock Hills in 2004. I remember that I didn't exactly know what to expect because at this period of time, I was still not really into golf.

As I stepped closer and closer towards the first of 18 tee boxes, the sound of the crowd became louder and louder (like at a baseball game). The passionate fans all stood up and cheered for even the higher ranked golfers from all over the world.

As the day went on, the cheers became louder and louder and eventually, the man who was the undisputed favorite to win the U.S. Open that year stepped up to the tee. It was Tiger Woods, one of the most celebrated athletes in sports history.

I was lucky to get to that tee earlier than anyone so I was able to catch a glimpse of Tiger Woods and literally stand right next to him. Anyway, as the day went on, I started to realize even more and more why people became so passionate about their sport.

From that day on, I came to a realization that golf was a great sport to play and watch. The purpose of this article is not to make you watch golf. I wrote this because I am trying to send a message to everyone who doesn't want to give not just this sport a chance but others also. In sum, try something different because it may be to your liking.