Saturday 25 March 2017

Working it out: An occasional thank you is pleasing

Andy Sullivan tees off in the second round of the Abu Dhabi
HSBC Championship. Photo:Reuters
Andy Sullivan tees off in the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Photo:Reuters

John Masterson

There was a very good lesson on the importance of manners on Sky Sports recently. Not their usual fare but they made an excellent job of it.

Many of the best golfers in the world were pounding the little white ball in Abu Dhabi. One three-ball was made up of Rory McIlroy, the very talented Andy Sullivan who was in the lead, and the US amateur champion, 22-year-old Bryson DeChambeau from California who has burst on the scene as something of a golf scientist/nerd. Which makes his etiquette lapse all the more surprising.

Manners are something we absorb as we grow up. People who say their 'pleases' and 'thank yous' as youngsters usually do it for the rest of their lives. There are men who would find it as difficult not to hold a door open for a woman as they would to throw litter in the High Street. While we vary as to just how good manners need to be, it is the rare person who does not acknowledge that a little courtesy for your fellow man goes a long way.

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