April 20th, 2010
02:43 PM ET

Davis gives a lesson in sportsmanship

Everyone can learn from an act of sportsmanship. And golfer Brian Davis gets the gold medal so far this year for his example.

Brian Davis called a foul on himself during a play-off at the recent Verizon Heritage.
Brian Davis called a foul on himself during a play-off at the recent Verizon Heritage.

Maybe Thiery Henry can watch a replay of Davis calling a foul on himself on the PGA Tour on Sunday, which pretty much cost him his chance for a maiden victory on U.S soil and a cheque for more than one million dollars.

Henry, you might remember, infamously and knowingly, handballed during a game against Ireland that possibly cost them a spot in the World Cup finals.

The ref missed it, Henry didn’t call it despite the Ireland team’s outcries and France went on to secure a spot.

The ref also missed Englishman Davis clipping a reed at the Verizon Heritage during his backswing in a play-off with Jim Furyk.

Without getting too technical the incident cost him a two stroke penalty and had he not called himself it more than likely would have gone unnoticed. Only slow motion television pictures picked up the foul.

It was an inspiring act of sportsmanship that upholds the core values of golf – honesty and integrity no matter what is at stake.

Henry suffered a huge backlash but Davis has been warmly embraced by his fellow pros for the sacrifice.

Davis’s act should be used as example for school children and aspiring athletes of what should be done and how those of you will react under such circumstances.

Then they should observe the Henry incident and take note too.

I have met Davis a few times before he headed to America and I am not surprised he called himself out as he is a genuine sportsman and gentleman.

It surprises me that he hasn’t won on the PGA Tour after six years of trying but with this act he has won massive credit for himself and the sport.

Sadly it’s a rare thing to see across all platforms these days.

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  1. John Price, Chicago, IL

    Amen Brother.......why doesn't a story like this get as much coverage as Paris Hilton and all the other garbage that media feeds us to build ratings....to sell more ad space.......blah blah blah......., and unfortunately, that we watch.

    April 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  2. Piers Cilliers

    Well done boykie, you really are the man! I sincerely hope you get the win that you deserve! In this day and age acts like this are so rare that it almost defies belief. Well done again!

    April 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  3. Jorgen Friis

    in the "olden" days golf was considered a gentleman's sport. Since then
    golf has evolved to the point where purses are humongous and thus the temptation to overlook "invisible" infringements has increased proportionally. I am taking my hat off to Brian Davis for calling a penalty upon himself and in the process showing that he, indeed, is a gentleman
    and a person not only golfers must respect but also everyone else who are actively involved in sports. I am sure that, financially, this will prove only a temporary setback. With Davis' admirable attitude it stands to reason to believe this will carry him through to many future victories.
    Well done, Brian Davis.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:06 am | Reply
  4. Billy Soetrisno

    Honesty and integrity no matter what is at stake....

    Harder than winning the Tour...i raised my hat to you Davis

    May 5, 2010 at 5:43 am | Reply
  5. EFC1

    golf is probably one of the few if not only, sports where the professional players have this level of honesty and integrity.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:47 am | Reply

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