The difference is simple: In those team sports, there are referees that attempt to watch everybody at all times and its a given nature of the sport that all of the players are trying to gain an edge. If it's something they're doing on the field and they get away with it, then they succeeded.
Golf does not have referees following all of the players like hawks to call fouls - players are expected to police themselves - so cheating is very easy for the unscrupulous and a huge no-no. If you want to compare it to things in team sports with referees, compare it to things that those guys do when they aren't being watched by the referees; steroids, corking bats, that sort of thing.
This year, because the PGA comes so closely after the Open Championship, it has less interest for me, too. It seems in many ways to be a clone of the U.S. Open. Many of the same venues are used. Instead of amateurs you have club pros filling out the field.
It would be cool to have a PGA Championship that traveled to other PG Association locales. USA/Canada, Continental Europe, Japan/Korea, Australia/NZ, South America. Rotate it each year to a new area. Since it is such a cash cow for the PGA of America, it won't happen, but one can dream.
I just wanted to introduce myself. I decided to join today after reading some of the posts on here. I am an avid golfer that is trying to improve in every way. I am in the process of getting fitted for a new driver for starters. Should everything go well with that I will be getting fitted for my irons as well as the SAM putting fitting.
I am currently a 16 handicap, I know that pretty much sucks but I am right there. I struggle hitting the fairways off the tee for starters and struggle at putting. However, I am in the midst of changing a few things after watching a few Youtubers that I have been following for years.
Really looking forward to chatting with everyone.