Mr. Olympia

May 7, 2008

Are golfers really athletes? Walk 18 holes with Tiger Woods (or Vijay Singh or Camilo Villegas, for that matter) and you’d swear they are. But then there are other sights that raise doubts. Mark Calcavecchia sweating through his golf duds. John Daly lumbering over a tee box. John Daly lumbering over a tee box with no shirt on. Truth is, Jack Nicklaus was a very good basketball player growing up. Woods ran cross country (though his baseball exploits, according to his late father, Earl, left something to be desired). Jim Furyk was also a tremendous high school hoopster. The question of golfers being athletes may never reach a consensus, but the game may one day find itself on the Olympic stage, according to this piece by Jeff Shain of the Miami Herald. A gold medal dangling from Woods’s neck? It would be hard to argue that golfers aren’t athletes if that happens.