Steve Elkington may or may not have been muzzled by the PGA Tour after a series of offensive remarks emanated from his Twitter account. For sure, his tweets that ticked off just about anyone with a scintilla of sensitivity came to a screeching halt after he went all homophobic about Michael Sam, but soon the 1995 PGA champion will have another platform from which to share his boorish opinions: a television show called "The Rural Golfer."
Yep, boys and girls, Golf World (via Luke Kerr-Dineen) broke the news that any nitwit with today’s version of a megaphone and a soap box can grow up to have his (or her) own television program. In this case, Elkington, thanks to the largesse of Nebraska-based RFD-TV, will traverse North America in search of "hidden gems" of golf courses and "the discovery of the human spirit in golf," the show’s executive producer Judith Coleman told Dave Shedloski.
"It's really an extension of the website and drawing people into the game," Coleman, who has worked for Golf Channel, CBS, and PGA Tour Entertainment, said about the program that is slated to begin broadcasting next month. "And it will be fun for people to see Steve in a new light."
Instead of, say, as a creepy old xenophobe who types out asinine, loathsome "jokes" about Pakistanis, victims of a fatal helicopter crash, well-endowed women reporters, and gays from his bunker @elkpga?
"My team loves golf so much that we decided to do this show and focus on other people that love it so much, and why do they love it so much," Elkington told Golf World.
"That's what 'The Rural Golfer' is," he added. "We just want to go to these everyday places that unveil the love of the game and get right down to the heart of it and what lengths they'll go to in order to achieve it. And the stories that come out of that are amazing."
Instructor Mike Maves and former Masters champion Jackie Burke -- co-founders with Elkington of the SecretInTheDirt website -- will also provide golf tips on the show.
For everyone’s sake, let’s hope Elkington sticks to the script.