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A New Perspective on Golf

About 10 oclock last night I turned off the TV, absolutely numb. I hugged my eight-year-old boy, reassured him with as much conviction as I could muster that, yes, he was safe, not telling him of course that there was no way I could guarantee that. Not anymore.
As I lay in bed, my imagination raced with images of horror even more vivid than the ones we had all seen on television. I rested uneasily next to my children knowing that upon arising, the world as we knew it would be profoundly different.
In the world in which we here at The Golf Channel live and work, the world of fun and games, I suppose weve been fortunate to have been able for so long to pretend that it is important. Not now. And Im not sure when in the future.
When will you be happy enough again to truly enjoy a round of golf? Dinner with friends? When will the drama weve come to associate with events like The Ryder Cup have any meaning? Will those critical three footers ever be critical again?
As for cancellation of this weekends PGA Tour events, its simply the right thing to do out of respect for the thousands of victims and their families.
Players have expressed concerns over The Ryder Cup. And who can guarantee absolute safety at this point to 12 of the worlds highest profile athletes? Its premature, but my sense is that the competition is in serious jeopardy, especially if there is immediate military action.
At some point, golf, as it always has, will provide some outlet for relief, a way to take our minds away from the enormous weight of this tragedy. At some point the experts tell us we need to resume business as usual to let our children know and to let the world know that we cannot and will not be deterred from our daily pursuit, no matter how deeply terror penetrates. Yes, at some point we must do that, and golf can be a part of that.
But when that day will come, I dont think any of us know.