Saturday, November 22, 2008

What can the Majors learn from J.P. Hayes?

In an act that speaks volumes about the person and league he represents, J.P. Hayes was honest enough to turn himself in, knowing fully that the chance at winning millions of dollars on the PGA Tour would most certainly be in jeopardy.

By using an illegal prototype golf ball during a ‘Q-School’ round, Hayes subjected himself to full disqualification from the tournament and ultimately, a spot on the Tour. In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Hayes admitted, “It was my mistake. I had no choice but to take my medicine."

“I would say everybody out here [on the PGA Tour] would have done the same thing,"

The notion that Hayes and ‘everyone else’ are adhering to the rules may be shocking to some, even regarded as stupid. After all, if you’re not cheating then you’re not trying to win, right? Moreover, Hayes infraction seems benign compared with the punishment to which he subjected himself. Hayes honesty even may seem audacious, but the principle remains.

To take the risk of being regarded as a ‘cheat’ is not worth price of a spot on the Tour. Honesty, in this case, is the far greater virtue.

A virtue, to which no other major sport can rightfully claim, but is not out of the realm of possibility.

2 Comentários:

Dee Dee said...

Golf has always had a reputation for being a sport of gentlemen. Truth is part of the game....you can tell alot about a person by the way they conduct themselves on the playing field...Thank you J.P. Hayes.

sarah said...

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Sarah

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