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Old South Golf Arnold Palmer walks up to the tee quickly glances at the gallery and begins his pre-swing routine It is the 1960s and this is the 18th hole of one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world The Players Championship Approximately 450 yards stands between hundreds of dollars in prize money and a trophy Palmer who is white notices the many glares from the white on lookers People line both sides of the hole in anticipation of Palmer either meeting the challenge or cracking under pressure The announcers also white watch in anticipation along with the television cameras and thousand of white viewers Now it is 2000 and Tiger Woods walks to the 18th hole of The Players Championship One major difference is that Tiger Woods is not white Tiger Woods is biracial and the gallery he looks at contains more minority spectators than Arnold Palmer would have looked at in his day Same pressure different crowd and a different day in time Golf began in Scotland in the 1800s The first person to play golf in America was a white male As the game grew the courses established were private clubs and were generally for the rich These rich men kept these clubs private for other rich men Even up to the 1990s the game of golf has been perceived as a game for the rich man The stereotypical image of a golfer is of a snooty rich man smoking a cigar with a caddy carrying his bag The game of golf has been very segregated up to this day In the past century there have been few black golfers The white majority in golf is amazing Being looked as a sport that requires a strong mind and very good technique golf makes race and class very evident in modern day because of the overwhelming majority of white players The intertwining of class and race has made golf a predominately
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