Wrestling icon Ric Flair may of seemed out of place in an introduction to the 2017 PGA Championship seen Thursday on TNT.
The “Nature Boy” of professional wrestling may not be as iconic to golf as Tiger Woods, but he has been adopted most of his life by the city of Charlotte where this year’s last major championship in golf is being played.
TNT and the PGA of America could not of chosen a better spokesman to welcome the world to Charlotte, and Quail Hollow CC for the 2017 PGA Championship.
Flair has wrestled all over the world but he always returns to where he considers home in Charlotte. He is an active member of the community and gives back to the city and state he calls home.
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) May 2, 2017
When a politician runs for office in Charlotte or North Carolina, he is one of the first they seek to get an endorsement from. If the “Nature Boy” votes for someone, then that is all his fans need to know.
Can't wait for 2020. To be the man, you gotta beat the man! pic.twitter.com/bqTYpAInVe
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) January 20, 2017
Flairs video introduction is sure to motivate even those who consider golf boring, with his famous quotes like, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man, baby,” and, “Are you going to be the champ or the chump?”
Best of the Best! pic.twitter.com/zGPcyDEE8c
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) April 20, 2017
His cocky interview style, strutting and his shouting of “WOOOOO!™” has made him a fan favorite around the world. And yes, the “WOOOOO” is trademarked by Flair, the shout he made famous and now is used by fans just like those in golf who yell KUCHHHH each time Matt Kuchar makes a putt on the PGA Tour.
On March 30, 2008, one night after he became the only active wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Flair ended his 36-year career at WrestleMania XXIV. Ric Flair’s® robe, trunks, and boots worn at Wrestlemania XXIV are permanently exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington DC.
The PGA of America, the PGA Tour, and the USGA have been on a campaign to grow the game of golf, exposing the game to as many non golfers as possible.
Wrestling fans are very loyal just like the Nascar fans who pack the Charlotte Motor Speedway each year. If Rick Flair were to keep promoting golf, his loyal fans would follow him to the course in a heart beat.
Maybe that was the idea behind choosing Flair to be part of the start of the 2017 PGA Championship. If it wasn’t, they really should consider it.
A sample of Flairs words in the video below:
“The PGA champion. Every year, there can only be one.”
“This year the top contenders have come to Charlotte, N.C. The bright lights and the big city that I put on the map.”
“For the next four days the man to beat is that little one inside your head. At Quail Hollow. Get ready for a fight. The green mile. You gotta walk that mile, woooo!
Three holes that can take you from champ to chump in a matter of minutes.” Ric Flair