In an audacious move, the USGA has slapped Rory McIlroy in the face in an attempt to aid Tiger Woods in propping up what’s left of his moribund career.
Game 7 of the NBA Finals, if needed, is scheduled for Friday night. With the US Open being on the west coast (meaning live prime time coverage) the US Open will potentially be going head-to-head against the NBA championship game. Tiger Woods was given a tee time that puts him in prime time on Thursday night when there is no NBA game scheduled. Rory McIlroy, the most dominant player in the game and the OWGR #1, will be forced to go against Game 7, if there is one.
As well, quite apart from the NBA, Thursday night television normally gets higher ratings than Friday night (when many people often go out).
The purpose of this subterfuge is to say later, “We justify obsessing over Woods because he moves the needle — why just look at how Thursday ratings are better than Friday ratings!” But, as I said, more people are watching TV on Thursdays than Fridays in any case, and there may be a Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Friday.
USGA, golf media, Nike, Steinberg: We golf fans will not be fooled by your desperate tricks.