April 20, 2010, - 1:41 pm
Three cheers to pro golfer Brian Davis. His extreme honesty and self-imposed penalty cost him victory and several hundred thousand dollars in the Verizon Heritage golf tournament on Sunday.
Golfer Brian Davis: The Anti-Tiger Woods
The Brit penalized himself two strokes on a playoff hole, and as I read this, I thought, Tiger Woods would never do this. The man simply doesn’t have the integrity of Davis. Never had it, never will.
Brian Davis of Great Britain might have cost himself a chance for a PGA Tour victory when he called a penalty on himself during a playoff hole in the Verizon Heritage on Sunday. The two-stroke penalty, for nicking a loose reed during his backswing, locked up the win for Jim Furyk.
Golf is a game of honor and honesty, even if it might cost you around $400,000, the difference between first place ($1,026,000) and second place ($615,000). . . .
Brian Dryfhout, writing at mouthpiecesports.com, seems to think honor might be ingrained in players from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
“Davis’ decision has earned him a lot of respect in the golf world. Who in their right mind would call a two-shot penalty, during a playoff, upon himself? I guess golf is still a gentleman’s game of honor … especially for the English.”
“… It is great to see a man choose honesty over money.”
Jay Busbee at Yahoo Sports hopes Davis’ honesty will pay off in the long run:
“The guy gave away a chance at winning his first-ever PGA Tour event because he knew that in golf, honesty is more important than victory. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but here’s hoping he gets accolades — and, perhaps, some sponsorship deals — that more than make up for the victory he surrendered.”
So, when does Tiger Woods learn that lesson? Why would he, when this story about Davis’ honesty and integrity is getting little play, while Himbo Woods and his harem of hoochiemamas gets all the publicity.
Oh, and BTW, last week, I showed you the ridiculous USA Today Sports Section cover when Phil Mickelson won the Masters. The photo sizes made it look like Woods won for certain, even though he barely tied for fourth place. Well, People Magazine did the same boneheaded BS in its latest issue. Check out the photos, below:
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