Lately, golf has been dominated by non-American players. The last American to win a major (or a Players Championship if you want to include that) was Phil Mickelson at the 2010 Masters.
In addition to that, the top four golfers in the world, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, and Martin Kaymer are all non-Americans.
Indeed, the game is expanding and while the Americans depth will certainly prevent them from an extended down period, it's not the home of the best in the world right now.
Don't get me wrong, I am an American and I couldn't be happier for the strong International players. They've done well, worked hard and deserve their spot at the top of the game.
Still, it's the Fourth of July, American Independence Day. So, it seems like a great idea to look at some golfers who truly define the American spirit.
To do this though, a few ground rules need to be set.
One: The player has to be American. Yeah, that may sound obvious, but there are plenty of non-American players that exemplify the American ideal.
With all due respect to them, they're eliminated from this conversation. Not because they did anything wrong, but we need to draw the line somewhere.
Two: An emphasis will be placed on modern golfers, but retired golfers aren't eliminated.
Still, this list is limited to living golfers.
With that said, honorable mention goes to Payne Stewart, whose love of the US Open and Ryder Cup would place him very high on this list.
Other than that, there are no real criteria, although good performances in the US Open and International Competitions will be heavily weighted.
Lastly, before the list gets started, realize that there is a huge pool to draw from. Narrowing that big a group to 14 golfers means that I am likely to miss a few.
If I did, feel free to exercise your First Amendment rights and voice your opinion. Let that be one of the ways that you celebrate July Fourth.