A Spanish Golfer's Controversial Banana Statement


"Tiger in the hunt at the Tour Championship"

It's the dominant golf story on these shores at the moment - and probably will be through the weekend - so I decided to leave it on the back burner for a little while and look across the ocean to Europe for something a bit less... predictable.

I naturally focused on the gorgeous Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche GC where the Vivendi Trophy is taking place. I learned that Britain-Ireland had built their lead over Continental Europe... and that a renewed Montgomerie/Poulter tensions had died down after a few artful Tweets on Mr. Poulter's part.

But the big story... the one that's gone viral... is the bold political statement made by Spanish golfer Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño in the middle of a four ball round. It was captured in a 10 second clip featuring the 2008 British Masters winner dramatically disrobing a banana, while playing partner, Miguel Angel Jimenez looks on. "Message to Zapatero: "You're going to strip us all naked."

That's the english translation, and Zapatero refers to Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. The succinct statement is thought to be a jab at a proposed tax hike. It may not sound like big news over here, but in Spain it certainly seems to have struck a chord. In less than 48 hours this modest little YouTube clip has been viewed almost 85,000 times.

H/T Lawrence Donegan and Irish Golf Desk +