Why Golf Is A Sport Essay

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Tom Watson almost won the British Open golf championship in 2009, and it was thrilling. Close your eyes for a minute. Can you imagine a 60-year old winning a major championship in any sport? (Pause 5 secs.) No, I can’t imagine it, either. (Laughs.) When people think of sports they may think of something that requires a lot of athleticism, such as soccer, basketball, baseball, and football. You might wonder, is golf a sport? Well, it is not. This pastime can’t be called a sport for 3 main reasons: It doesn’t match the definition of a game, it has less physical activity, and it has things most sports don’t. The first reason is because golf is closer to the definition of a game then the definition of a sport. Merriam-Webster defines a game as an "activity engaged in for diversion or amusement." Dictionary.com says a game is "an amusement or pastime; a competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance on the part of two or more persons who play according to a set of rules, usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators." It is evident that golf is more of a game. Golf…show more content…
My final reason for golf not being a sport is that it allows you to do things you can’t do in other sports at the same time. Professional golfers are sometimes - I mean always - overweight, old, or out of shape, and their caddies carry the equipment for them. Most people would agree if an activity does not make you break a sweat, or if it can be done while drinking and smoking, then it is definitely not a sport. Guess what? Many pro golfers, don’t break a sweat, they drink, and they smoke while playing golf. Others might not see how you can compete in a professional tournament with a broken leg. Tiger Woods injured his leg. (Fun fact: Tiger tore his MCL a few years back... bending over to pick up a golf ball. True story.) Tiger Woods not only played the 2008 US Open with two stress fractures in his left tibia, he actually won the whole event. Golf can’t be called a

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