Well, now two players — Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy — have captured both money lists on either side of "the pond" in consecutive seasons. Did you notice they are both not Americans?
On a brighter red-white-and-blue note, Stacy Lewis captured LPGA Player of the Year honors, becoming the first American since Beth Daniel to do so in 1994.
I know I'm preaching to the choir, but does anybody besides me see a trend here? Yes, I do realize golf has become a global game. Yes, I do realize it is popular other places.
But do the math. We have more courses, more teachers, more junior events and junior tours, and a very well-run and competitive collegiate system — all of which are longer running then what exists anywhere overseas.
However, even though they are longer running, are they better run? Do they provide better training, or a better competitive experience?
Some would argue they do because so many young foreign players come here to be trained as juniors, and then take advantage of our NCAA system. So then the question becomes, when these players and our American youth turn professional what happens?
Why is the LPGA Tour clearly dominated by foreign players? Why are Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, etc., showing up so often atop our leaderboards? Many of these players hale from much smaller countries with far less resources than we have here, yet often beat our players. Why?
Is there a fundamental flaw in our system, our training methods, our society, our backbone?
I would love to hear each of your thoughts on this topic. Frankly, it makes me a bit sick to watch foreign players train here using our facilities side by side with our guys and gals, and then in many instances kick their butts.
It's time for a change, and I would love the 2013 season to be the starting point. Hey Stacy Lewis, well done! Keep it up and fire up those other American girls.
Hey Tiger, Phil, Rickie, Dustin, Keegan, and all you other American young guns, let's get our troops in gear and take back control of world golf.
Tom Patri gives lessons at the Quarry on Immokalee Road, and is at Friar's Head in New York from May-December. Patri is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Visit Patri's website at www.tompatri.com, www.facebook.com/TomPatri or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.