LONDON: Golf has emerged as Britain´s dullest sport in a survey confirming the historic phrase wrongly attributed to Mark Twain that it’s “a very good stroll spoiled”.
The YouGov ballot — revealed in Thursday´s version of The Occasions — discovered 70% of the 1,616 adults requested for his or her opinion adjudged golf to be the dullest — solely eleven% thought-about it to be thrilling.
Regardless of attracting promote out crowds at Wembley for NFL video games American Soccer is taken into account the second dullest (fifty nine%) while after the four-zero Ashes drubbing by Australia there’s extra dangerous information for English cricket as it’s simply behind in third with fifty eight%.
English golfer Matthew Southgate — who completed joint sixth in The British Open final yr — concurred with the findings and was not stunned athletics topped the ballot when it comes to being thought-about the least uninteresting (28%) and forty seven% discovered it thrilling.
“I in all probability agree with them,” Southgate informed The Occasions.
“The protection must be higher. Operating is first to the road — that´s fairly self-explanatory — however in golf there´s a variety of time when nobody is hitting a shot. Until you understand the principles and the gamers, it may be troublesome to observe.”
Nevertheless, golf officers hit again on the survey.
“Golf is exclusive in that any golfer can play towards the most effective gamers on the earth because of the handicap system,” Martin Slumbers, chief government of the R&A, advised The Occasions.
“I might encourage anybody to take up golf and luxuriate in a real sport for all times.”
The survey, although, represents fairly a shot within the arm for athletics, with the thrills and spills on the massively profitable World Championships in London final yr displaying regardless of scepticism over doping it’s a eye-catching present.
“Take a look at 2012 and final yr´s World Championships and you can not assist however get caught up within the drama,” Darren Campbell, Britain´s 2000 Olympic silver medalist within the 200 metres, advised The Occasions.
“Athletics nonetheless creates these thrilling moments and is the inspiration for all sports activities.”
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