OK, my Spanish isn't perfect, but I did want to give a quick shout out to the awesome Camilo Villegas, who won the BMW Championship.
Many of our sport's writers and bloggers seem to be lamenting a kind of golf malaise this morning, with downbeat stories on the continuing absence of Tiger Woods, the start of the NFL Season the LPGA's recent public relations blunder and Vijay Singh clinching the Fedex Cup but still insisting on acting like...Vijay Singh.
I happen to be looking at a different golf landscape, myself, a decidedly brighter one, and I see an ultra appealing young Latino golfer winning and his first PGA tour event and doing it in amazing style.
Without so much as a single Tiger sighting, I see a Fedex Cup that's given us some undeniably great golf, Lots of it thanks to Vijay Singh, and you know what? Vijay Singh is always going to be Vijay Singh and that's the way it should be. Vijay's aloof, pertinacious personality is part of what makes him fascinating. It wouldn't work for everyone, but it works for Vijay. He's a star, perhaps not for hypersensitive golf journos... but so what?
As for the LPGA tour and last week's debacle, they've moved on. To Mobile, AL, in fact, where The Bell Micro LPGA Classic gets underway with a Pro-Am today. The silver lining in the whole "EnglishOnlyGate" mess might be a needed reevaluation of communications strategy in an organization that has so much going for it. There's a growing global interest in women's golf, and more than ever, an ultra exciting field of stars; Cristie Kerr fresh off her Safeway Victory and Se Ri Pak, freshly inducted hall of famer... popular princess of pinkness, Paula Creamer, and the inimitable Christina Kim, both undoubtedly yearning for a win right now. With stars like these, there's no reason the LPGA shouldn't be shining. And now that a PR/communications failing has been exposed I have every hope it soon will be.
I know there'll those who say I'm being unrealistic... that golf without Tiger is nothing, the Fedex Cup is a failure, Vijay Singh is
For an look at Camilo's story and his style, you've got to check out "Spiderman goes Wire to Wire" on Styled to a Tee.