An interview with Brigid Troughton-Smith, author of “Tiger’s Hole: Race, Golf and the Cultural Politics of the Game”

From television golfer Arnold Palmer to the cultured tree-gag Harry Vardon, golf ruled the sporting world for much of the 20th century. Tiger Woods’ career reminds us that it’s a sport with a spectacular…

An interview with Brigid Troughton-Smith, author of “Tiger’s Hole: Race, Golf and the Cultural Politics of the Game”

From television golfer Arnold Palmer to the cultured tree-gag Harry Vardon, golf ruled the sporting world for much of the 20th century. Tiger Woods’ career reminds us that it’s a sport with a spectacular off-course side as well as on. There is a lot to be proud of, says Marian Salzman in “Tiger’s Hole: Race, Golf and the Cultural Politics of the Game.” The 1949 president of the PGA (which started as a club for landowners and captains of industry), Palmer helped set in motion golf’s global expansion as an entertainment and tourism industry. Who would have thought that champions like Sergio Garcia and a new generation of Asian and Indian players might come to the fore in the near future? The game has become more realistic through TV and faster through faster standards of play. Our coverage of it has changed too, which will allow players like Justin Thomas to step up. The rest of the world is watching and can’t fail to learn.

Co-authored by Brigid Troughton-Smith (Penguin Press, $22.95)

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