Watching San Antonio native and resident Anthony Rodriguez on The Golf Channel's "Big Break: Mesquite" was like watching a train wreck. You know you shouldn't stare, but you just have to look.
The whole time I was thinking, "Why does the jerk of the show have to be a Texan?" Anthony certainly didn't represent his state - much less himself - very well, with his petulance, whining, club-throwing, arrogance and all-around jerkiness.
And that's a shame, because A-Rod (or "A-God," as some of his fellow contestants derisively called him) is one heck of a golfer - much better than he showed in his elimination episode. On a show that required its golfers to actually play golf - as in, playing match play over more than one hole, or playing stroke play over a nine - rather that just requiring them to play one hole, or even just one stroke, at a time, Anthony's golf probably would have shined. On pure talent, he was probably the best golfer on the show.
I know a few people who know Anthony pretty well, and all universally respect his golf, and all like him personally, although some with reservations. But none were surprised that A-Rod's worst personality traits are what showed up on camera.
In the end, it turned out that Anthony's best club - in this competition, anyway - was the mouth wedge.