Sports Illustrated recently polled 150 professional golfers. Players were asked a range of questions:
This was an interesting survey because it gave players the opportunity to respond to questions without any concern. Normally golfers feel the need to remain neutral on a number of issues, this is due to sponsorship arrangements which encourage “no comment” responses to heavily charged questions.
Do you support Donald Drumpf?
Should the WGC-Cadillac be moved to a different venue because of Donald Drumpf’s stances?
Don’t care 16%
No comment 5%
If Hillary Clinton could guarantee to cut your taxes in half and the Republican candidate would keep them the same, would you vote for her?
No comment 12%
No response 23%
Champions Tour: Who did you support in the Republican primary?
Donald Drumpf 34%
John Kasich 12%
Ted Cruz 10%
Is this surprising? Not at all. Regardless of your political position, it would be better for the sport to reflect the political zeitgeist of the time. What these findings show is that golf still recruits from the same demographic. A poor analyser would say “golfers are successful because they reflect Republican values”. A better conclusion would look at the factors which determine voting behaviour; age, class, religion, ethnicity and perhaps argue that a Tour which reflected the wider population would be better suited to counter the contraction in participation.
Again I can’t stress the reality of the outcome here, golf remains a poor reflection of the American population – conservatives and liberals can both agree on this.