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‘Golf Disgusts Me’: Watch Stephen A. Smith Bring All Kinds of Hot Takes in Post-Masters Rant

From golf is not a sport to sportsmanship is bad, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman trotted out all of their hottest golf takes on the day after its signature annual event, The Masters.

Monday on First Take, ESPN’s debating duo were pretty much in agreement that they have little use for the game. (“Golf disgusts me sometimes,” Smith said.) At issue was the sportsmanship shown by the top two finishers in the tournament, winner Sergio Garcia and runner-up Justin Rose. Throughout the back nine and after Garcia made the winning putt on the first playoff hole, the two high-fived each other, and frequently congratulated their competitor after a good shot.

Smith took umbrage with what he deemed an excessive display of sportsmanship.

This notion that we’re really not competing against each other. We’re really just playing golf and it’s really competing against the course. Nonsense. There’s a game to be played. Each of you go out there to do it. You’re trying to compete at a level that eclipses the individuals that are also on the course. Last time I checked, that’s competition.

He added: “I damn near told them to get a room. It was ridiculous, how they were with one another…I want to see you rooting for the other to fail.”

Then, colleague Max Kellerman checked in with an all-time favorite take of golf critics: Golf is not a sport.

I would define a sport as a competition through which you accurately gauge the athleticism of its participants. And I don’t think that’s the case with golf. Among its many flaws…this ain’t Ali going at Frazier. They’re not throwing punches. They’re not tackling each other. They’re not in each other’s way. Golf is not a zero sum game. It’s more like a standardized test.

We’re hard pressed to think of the last standardized test we took which involved the physical rigor of walking five miles of steep hills and then swinging a club as hard as possible. Nonetheless, watch these piping hot takes above, via ESPN.

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