Golf is enjoying a boom period in the mid-1990s, which is reflected both in higher attendance at pro golf tour events and in the increasing number of recreational golfers at public golf courses. Televised golf events are now ubiquitous. Still, few golfers seem to have fun while playing the game. Golf has its interesting moments, but is it really a sport? All that gentle…

The other day it looked like Louis Oosthuizen, the amiable South African golfer who destroyed the field to take the claret jug in the Open at St Andrew’s a couple of years back, was going to break 60. He hit seven birdies in a row in the PGA event in Boston, before returning to earth…