Human language

How do you compete to win the Masters when your caddy doesn’t speak your language? – Athleticism

AUGUSTA, Georgia — Sungjae Im is a soft-spoken golf prodigy who lives on a volcano. Billy Spencer is a college hockey player turned career caddy from Toronto. I’m 24 years old. Spencer is 46 years old. I speak Korean. Spencer speaks English. They are inherently different. Endearingly. Watching the two plod along the fairway in pursuit of golf’s biggest prize, you can’t help but ponder one overriding thought.

What to talk about?

“It’s tough,” Spencer said with her eyes raised, standing outside the Augusta National clubhouse on Friday afternoon, about 20 feet from her boss.

It’s not exactly profound to say that language is at the heart of everything we know. What can I tell you? What can you tell me? How do we communicate what we see, think, feel? As the philosopher Dylan once said, “To make a mistake is to make a misunderstanding.” Sometimes, even when speaking the same native language, things still get lost in translation.

There is, however, the power of human language. Emotion, eye contact, interpretation. If you want to understand someone, you find a way. It is the responsibility of the individual. Dylan also said, “I failed to communicate which is why I chose to leave.”

Language is more than words.

“All we can do is make it work,” says Spencer.

They do, and two more rounds to make it work this weekend could potentially see me become the first Korean to win the Masters. After finishing second in the 2020 Fall Masters and making his third Augusta appearance, Im led the tournament after the first round on Thursday and is tied at four for second place at 3 under, five strokes behind the pace car of the Scottie Scheffler tournament. He does this, you will notice, although he has not had a conversation with his younger brother.