Monday, August 13, 2012

The Exalted Ruler & Golf

This print of Charles M. Russell's painting of "The Exalted Ruler" hangs on our kitchen wall. I bought it about 40 years ago while on a business trip to Montana. The exalted ruler is of course, the bull elk in the foreground of the picture amongst his harem. What is also shown is the vanquished former ruler to the left on his way down the hill. And, to the right we see the next one in line to hold the title of "exalted". There was something about Rory Mcllroy's winning the PGA Championship yesterday by 8-strokes and the "Record Romp" headline in the sports page of this morning's paper, made me think of this picture. Golf is not as "absolute" as the laws of nature and Mcllroy may not be the "Exalted" leader but it makes you wonder if Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk and others are not on their way down the hill. The "young bucks" have sounded their horn,  they are closing in and ready to take over. But don't despair, even the vanquished bull may pick up a win along his way down the hill and I hope my old heroes might do likewise. 

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