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Track vs Golf (Play In Match)

In the second of two play-in matches, track & field takes on golf for the right to move on to play hockey in the next round.

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Tale of the Tape Overview
Each week we will match two sports against each other in a tournament style bracket and you, the fan, can vote for which you think produces top athletes.  The winning sport will advance in our tournament bracket and at the end we will crown one sport the "Ultimate Sport".  Along with the matchups, we will feature one top athlete from each sport and they will engage in a head-to-head heated debate.   

Voting will take place for each matchup Thursday-Wednesday.  Good luck!    

The Debate
Hoover (Ala.) sprinter Marlon Humphrey and Howell (N.J.) golf standout Dawson Jones go head to head in defending their sports.

Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?

  • Track is harder than other sports because in track even if you get to the highest level, like the Olympics, there are still so many other things you can learn. Thousands of people do one event, and there’s only one winner.

  • Golf is physically draining, depending on the course, like if you’re playing on a hilly course and carrying your own bag. Golf is all mental. It’s so difficult to keep your focus for four to five hours. One little mishap can completely ruin your whole round.

What makes track a harder sport than golf or vice versa?

  • You’re competing against someone right next to you, whereas in golf, you’re doing your own thing.

  • You’re always playing a different course — you can be an artist out there. You can make your own shots. In track, you’re always running on the same kind of track and the same distance. Golf courses have different distances and slopes and challenges.

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