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20 September 2018 @ 07:22 am
The value of golf  
I never liked golf. It’s not a major problem for me, at worst taking up space on the sports page for some reason, but I am vaguely annoyed that it is out there. As a participant sport, it is, as Mark Twain said, a good walk spoiled (unless one can afford to ride around in a silly little cart). As a spectator sport, it is for those, and only those, who cannot keep up with the frenzied, madcap pace of baseball.

But now we are seeing advantages. For one thing it is an instrument of Presidential Harm Reduction, like stealing dangerous papers off the Leader’s desk. The time he spends out on the course pulling his putts is not spent on worse things.

Now golf has served justice. A man named Valentino Dixon, serving 40-to-life for murder, was fascinated by golf courses, though he had never played the game, and he did beautiful complex, pencil-colored drawings of them. These were brought to the attention of Golf Digest, which published them and investigated his conviction, which turned out to be particularly shoddy. (Speaking of color, guess which one Mr. Dixon is.) As a result the conviction was overturned, and Valentino Dixon was set free.

[Golfworld, Thanx to Metafilter]