30 Jun '14, 2am

Patrick Reed didn't win, but proved again that polarizing players are a commodity in golf. My column:

Patrick Reed didn't win, but proved again that polarizing players are a commodity in golf. My column:

After Bubba Watson won the Northern Trust Open earlier this year, I wrote a column on how I believe he's great for the game because he inspires passion amongst the masses. Fans either love Bubba or love to hate him. There is no in between. The ensuing reaction only fortified my argument. Some read these words and contacted me, asking, "Who could hate a fun-loving, big-hitting guy like Bubba?" Others responded with, "How could anyone actually love a guy who throws temper tantrums like that?" Watson is undeniably polarizing, which in so many ways is more beneficial to the game than being universally well-liked. Think about it this way: If we all liked every NFL team, wouldn't autumn Sundays be a lot more boring? By the same token, if every golfer was Steve Stricker – a likeable guy who’s impossible to root against – golf fans wouldn’t be as fully invested. Quite simply, ther...

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