Jordan Spieth narrowly missed a date with history on Monday when he came within one shot of making a playoff for the British Open championship. A win would have given him three victories in majors in one year, something that has only been done twice before.
Spieth showed a lot of grace in defeat. His post-tournament interviews earned him a lot of respect. He even came back out to watch Zach Johnson win the tournament, and gave him a congratulatory hug. Tim Dahlberg says this about Spieth– “Something he also tends to do is pay respect to the game and its fans. He’s been described as a young man with an old man’s wisdom, and it showed in the way he took what had to be a most bitter defeat.”
Johnson also showed a lot of class in winning the championship. His tearful humility was refreshing, and his willingness to thank God was heart-warming.
Professional golf certainly can benefit from its stars showing some class. A few years ago, one of golf’s best players was known for being able to drive the ball a mile, but also for trying to see how many beers he could force into his sizeable body when he was off the course.
Another star was quite adept at shouting obscenities every time he hit a great shot. He also earned headlines for his wildly immoral sexual escapades.
Yes, it sure is good to see some class on display.
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”—Matthew 5:16.