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My GF and I were sitting down to dinner, watching live coverage of the Sony Open. They flip to the player interview of the guy leading the tournament, a guy I had never heard anything about. Matt Every. As Kelly starts interviewing him, I told my GF that this guy must have a social anxiety disorder or something, because he acted very uncomfortable even talking about the most basic of things (He didn't even know what he shot on the back 9).
What followed was simply jaw dropping. Kelly should have noticed that Matt was uncomfortable, so why she saw that as an oppurtunity to drudge up his past, is beyond me. Look, I know we all have to answer for our shortcomings, but really? On national television? When you are leading a world class golf tournament? When no one knows anything about you, other than you are currently leading a golf tournament? When you just want to talk about the fantastic round of golf you just played?
Kelly Tilghman and Golf Channel should be ashamed of themselves. I know Matt Every isn't Tiger, Phil, Ernie, Vijay or Rory, but my God, give him a little respect. And that's another thing. Matt Every is a new player on tour, a no name hoping to stick. He obviously doesn't have the communications camp that a Tiger Woods has, so he IS going to have to handle himself better in interviews. But not under those circumstances. That was bush league of Kelly.
I took to Twitter to voice my displeasure with Kelly and The Golf Channel team. Not because I condone what Every did or how he handled the interview, but because he shouldn't have been treated that way. What does him getting busted for pot two years ago have to do with him leading a tournament? I didn't get to see any of his shots, putts, anything. Instead I had to watch a poor guy get ambushed for a simple mistake almost everyone in life has made or will make.
I don't know Matt Every. Never heard him. But I hope he goes out there and wins this tournament. And then gets to go on Golf Channel and talk about what really matters. His golf game and how he won this tournament!
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