This little column addresses something I've wondered about for years: the absurdity that professional golfers feel entitled to dead silence when they take a swing at a non-moving ball.
If a baseball player can make split-second decisions with a ball hurtling toward his head at 100 MPH as the crowd screams and camera flashes go off, why can't a golfer handle the distractions?
No real reason, I think. It's simply tradition to which the golfers have become accustomed.
I'm not advocating wholesale changes to the way golf is played and viewed, but I do think golfers could stand to get over themselves a bit when it comes to crowd noises. :)