Golf, in itself, is not a stirring sport to watch. Nobody gets tackled, there are no spectacular fights as in hockey and, unless it's the Ryder Cup, no teamwork. So why are we drawn in?
Sometimes, yesterday for instance, an unknown player shoots 12 below par for one day - a score that I will probably never see in my game. But we don't really care unless it's a Tiger or Phil or Freddie.
I'm a fan of televangelists. I make a study of how they talk, their gestures and their messages. Through the years I realized, it's never the message. Anyone can deliver a sermon or lesson that says, "There is something greater than you in the world," and "It's good to do something for other people." But those speakers who have that charisma, that X Factor, are the ones we listen to.
Golf is the same way. I never want to have a boyfriend or husband like Tiger. But there is nobody in the golf world who is more fun to watch on the course. Even when he plays poorly, he's more entertaining than most of them.
So it is the message, after all. BTW, I am now a columnist for the Huffington Post. I'm writing 3 articles per month. You can find them in the Healthy Living section.