The Real Golf Playoffs: The Tournament of Champions is much more of a playoff system than the FedExCup. You must win a tournament to make the playoffs; those who make it then compete in a winner-take-all event.
They should market the event as “The Real Playoffs.” (Though FedEx would have a baby.)
Trump and ESPN: I turned on ESPN2 this morning to get the Mike & Mike take on last night’s Alabama-Clemson game. (If you haven’t seen the surprise onside kick, you owe to yourself to do so. Aside: for the first time in television history, one of those idiotic camera angles on kickoffs paid off.) They started talking about Trump and the redesign of Doral. They mentioned the various courses. It sounded like copy written by an ad agency; it had to be a placement ad. Golf had not been being discussed. Now compare to ESPN six months ago:
ESPN on Monday became the latest major company to distance itself from Donald Trump since the presidential candidate’s negative remarks about Mexican immigration.
The Walt Disney Co. unit said it would move a coming celebrity golf tournament from Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles to another Southern California course.
All you can do is laugh.
Early Reviews: We are getting more views (and unique readers) since going to the new format. It’s early days yet, but this is unexpected good news. I anticipated a dropoff as we made the transition, but it seems people might have been wanting a break from the dinosaurs. Speaking of which…
Dino of the Day: This week’s DinoTour Confidential, aka Tour Confidential. It’s pointless to read; every question repetitive and predictable; every response is repetitive and predictable. It’s a cheap imitation of the classic Elling-Hugan Pond Scrum of yore. Maybe I’ll give DinoTour Confidential another shot in 2017.
The European golf coverage is so much better than ours. Maybe I’ll put some good links in sidebar here.
By the way, if anyone else starts a Tiger Woods-free golf website, or knows of one, tell me and I’ll put up link here. I think an easy way for a golf website to increase traffic would be to offer a Tiger Woods-free section. Golf Channel or Golf Digest could do that in addition to what they already have. They won’t, though — it would be an admission of how horrid their coverage has been — so instead my traffic will double or triple once again in 2016.
It’s funny that the one person in golf who could not care less if his traffic goes up — I regularly tell people they are better suited to GolfChannel.com — is the person whose traffic keeps doubling and tripling year after year.