Politically incorrect golf: Top 10

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 24, 2013 12:07

Politically incorrect golf: Top 10

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From Peter Dawson’s comments that he couldn’t tell single-sex Open venues to admit female members as that ‘is frankly a bullying position’ to George O’Grady helpfully denying that Segio Garcia is a racist, by saying many of his friends are ‘coloured athletes’, it’s not been a great year for the leading names in golf to show off their diversity credentials.

But none of these people make the top ten most politically incorrect comments from golfers, golf’s administrators and the golf media in the last generation, which we have compiled.

Golf has been accused of sexism and racism over the years, and rightly so. Clifford Roberts, the co-founder of Augusta National Golf Club, once said in the 1970s: “As long as I’m alive, all the golfers will be white and all the caddies will be black.”

Since then, society, particularly in the last 25 years, has changed, and no-one could make a comment like that today. But as recent comments have proven, leading figures can still cause offence. Click ‘Next’ to view the top 10.

 

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Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 24, 2013 12:07
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  1. Golf Club Management (@GCM_mag) May 24, 12:31

    Homophobia, sexism and racism in golfing – Top 10 politically incorrect moments in golf http://t.co/CutOHJTQzT are we missing any?

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  2. Susan Moore May 24, 14:15

    R and A’s Peter Dawson on all-male membership ‘it’s hardly life threatening is it’! Still reeling over that one.

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  3. ABA May 29, 22:12

    … Ah! 2013… and the business is slowing down right now,hey?! So…Who you gonna call? ….

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  4. ABA May 29, 22:22

    Business is slowing down right now….So, who you gonna call?? However, the earliest known reference recording a competition for women golfers dates from the 9th of January, 1811…..

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  5. Frank Clapp May 30, 13:28

    Whatever happend to “sticks & stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. Society far too preciuos and sensitive and all the Press are doing is stirring up because they have no real stories of interest or want to help lawyers earn litigation fees!!!

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