NEW YORK–“Mashed Potatoes!” Adam Scott has heard that one.
“Light the candle!” That one too.
But here’s one you might not know the pro golfer said he’s heard a bunch: People in tournament galleries shouting “My mom loves you!!”
But Scott — who was in New York promoting his new Uniqlo golf collection, doing some work as the company’s global brand ambassador — doesn’t actually mind those shouts. In fact, he thinks it’s good for the future of the game.
“We need that kind of stuff,” he told For The Win on Monday. “I’m not against it. Certainly I don’t want players being put off during their swings. I think if everyone’s having a good time and it’s not offensive, then absolutely.”
Even if it’s, “Say hello to your mother for me”?
“Maybe that one’s getting close depending how it was said,” Scott replied.
“Generally, I think if you can laugh on the golf course, that’s a good thing,” he continued. “It’s so serious and all the positive things a smile can do for releasing tension, a laugh out there, there’s nothing wrong with it.”
But for Scott, this kind of fun is what will make golf watchable and more appealing to a younger crowd. Finding a balance between that and keeping players concentrating on the tough task at hand on a course is the challenge.
“From the players’ standpoint, we’re scrutinized for poor performance,” he explained. “It takes a lot of concentration and preparation to perform at a higher level that we’re being asked to perform at. Players’ careers can be defined by one shot at the right time, to win the major or not. It’s massive, yet we need people to really engage with us to continue to want to support golf.”
“It comes down to TV contracts and if people are interested in watching it, then someone will put it on television,” he added. “It needs to have that entertainment. So the balance point is tough to get. I think we can’t be so stuffy because the world is not so stuffy anymore. We’re far more liberal than we once were.”
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