Your friends sound like Southern preps then, which is a fair description of mine. We just have some adopted Scandanavians too. Actually, one of the guys from last year is the brother of Tiger's wife. See, I brought it back to golf.
How can you dislike Vijay? I understand that most will not like him. He is crochety after all. But to dislike him actively is a little hard to understand.
And one more note about horse races, avoid the Preakness, it is just awful.