Davis defining moment


We tend to agree with Golf Channel colleague John Hawkins regarding the canonization of Brian Davis following last week’s rules snafu hard on the shores of the Calibogue Sound. The Englishman’s honesty is refreshing given the moral flexibility that is rampant in other sports but in golf this kind of behavior is the rule, not the exception.

It seems even Davis has been surprised by the reaction that his actions have prompted.

“It’s been a humbling experience,” Davis told Brian Katrek on XM Radio’s PGA Tour Network Tuesday morning. “I never felt so good about something bad happening.”

Reminds us of Roberto De Vicenzo’s reaction some four decades after his high-profile gaffe at the 1968 Masters: “For 40 years it makes me cry, but now it makes me smile.” The point is, the way De Vicenzo handled the mistake, not the mistake, defined his career.