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Daniel Berger has never watched golf on TV (not even the Masters). Do you think he’s alone among pros?

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Daniel Berger doesn’t watch golf. The 25-year-old Floridian said as much in his Golf Digest “My Shot.”

“I’ve never watched it [golf] on TV except out of the corner of my eye. Not one round of the Masters, or even an episode of “Golf Central.” I’ve never seen the Feherty show. If I’ve watched a couple of hours of golf, total, I’d be surprised…I follow golf through Twitter, Instagram and the PGA Tour app. I’m very weak on golf history, because you pick up a lot of that on TV. I know Jack Nicklaus has 18 majors, and that Tiger has 14, but I have no idea who’s third.”

Is this shocking? Do we think most golfers spend their few off-weeks watching the PGA Tour on television, tuning into PGA Tour Live on their phones? Do we think the PGA Tour’s young stars are settling down with a Bobby Jones biography or catching up on their Bernard Darwin? (To be fair, Berger clearly does watch highlights via Twitter, the PGA Tour app, etc)

There’s a quasi-expectation in golf that Tour pros are students of golf history. To suggest that the PGA Tour’s finest didn’t grow up glued to the family TV set during Masters week (at least!) is sacrilegious, in the minds of some, at least.

Berger expands on his blissful ignorance with this exposition of his pre-Masters exposure to Augusta National.

“When I played in my first Masters, in 2016, I knew nothing about Augusta National except what I’d seen playing the Tiger video game. I had a couple of invitations to play the course in advance and appreciated them but was like, “Thank you, but I’m good.” Not knowing what a big deal it was is probably why I didn’t play a full practice round. I walked the front nine on Tuesday with a wedge and putter and played the back nine on Wednesday. I tied for 10th that first year.”

Video games! Berger hasn’t missed the cut in three Masters starts, and his worst showing is a tie for 32nd. Even so, should we be appalled by his lack of reverence for the venerable course and its history? Or does it not matter?

Further, PGA Tour pros have little to gain from the admission that they didn’t grow up watching golf and aren’t students of the game’s rich history, so it’s not surprising we haven’t heard many similar statements. That said, Berger can’t be alone in his position. How many pros do you think are in the same boat (an appropriate metaphor, since Berger says he prefers relaxing on his vessel to watching golf).

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX members. You can read Berger’s full “My Shot” here.

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  1. Dave

    Apr 16, 2018 at 10:32 am

    He is not alone. Even though i like watching golf i enjoy playing even more. Golf is the only sport in which a huge percentage of its viewers are actual players of the game. Its hard to watch and play the game since its at the same time.

  2. Birdswing Golfer

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    He’s lying!

    No way a professional golfer has never caught some golf on tv!

  3. Paul

    Apr 15, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I love golf, but I couldn’t care less about watching it, or its history. I play because I love the feeling a purely struck shot, it’s like a drug (with a blade of course).
    I went to the Canadian Open once to see what it was about, pretty cool, will never go again. Why should I care about people who used to hit a ball? I only care about my shot I will hit, not someone else’s shot.

  4. Man

    Apr 15, 2018 at 1:54 am

    He must have a terrible upbringing, and must be a really boring robot, all he does is beat balls all day and then go play more golf on the course and then go to bed. Can’t ever talk to this kid, he’ll have nothing to say

  5. Carlos Danger

    Apr 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Typical millenial rich kid. His only redeeming quality is his hot girlfriend.

  6. GolfGui

    Apr 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Most of me wants to say Berger’s statement is hyperbole… Though a bit of me believes him… If 100% true, kind of sad… I understand once being “punched out” from work not wanting anything to do with it, but this is ridiculous … In his defense, he still has one of the hottest girlfriends on Tour and can go out to any golf course and shoot a 68 and 99.9% of us can’t so who cares if he watches golf or knows anything about it.

  7. Bruce

    Apr 13, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    This is the same variety of “cool” as not having a logo on your hat.

  8. BF

    Apr 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    The only people I ever root against are the too cool to be a golf fan and golf is not my life types. I guess they only play because they’re good. Adding Berger to the list. At least Koepka won’t be so lonely in there.

  9. Erkr

    Apr 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    You don’t have to cherish Augusta and know golf history. I believe him. He sounds cool.

  10. Steve Cantwell

    Apr 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Ridiculous story. Why lie about something so insignificant. Does he want people to think he is something special? Now his credibility will come into question.

    • margaritanose

      Apr 14, 2018 at 1:49 am

      i don’t think he’d write or want to publish something like that had it not been true. he could’ve sat there for a bit and made up a big story about this one time or that time to try wnd glorify himself. but instead, i’m sure it was quite easy for him to do the article because he was being truthful and isn’t worried about what anyone thinks about him. he seems to be doing well so far in life, so can’t blame him.

  11. Judge Smeills

    Apr 13, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    he sounds like he is either extremely dumb or lying?

  12. Max

    Apr 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Has Augusta ever been on a video game? I didn’t think that they allowed it.

    • Aaron

      Apr 13, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      EA Sports TW PGA Tour 2012 had Augusta

    • Brett Weir

      Apr 13, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      Yes they have (Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2012 by EA Sports). Augusta allowed EA to bring special machines to scan their course.

  13. Aaron

    Apr 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Total BS. He played college golf at a major school where I’m POSITIVE his teammates would have had golf coverage on TV all the time.

    • JJVas

      Apr 13, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      +1… but I guess his story sounds cooler.

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

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