Thursday Late Edition

There seems to be almost zero fan momentum for this event.  Which is weird, as it is a deliberate (contrived) field of stars with Rory and Jordan right in the thick of it.  The odd tee times guaranteeing no live TV coverage is a pretty big mistake, if you ask me.  Then there is the matter of putting these WGC events right before majors.

WGC events just aren’t compelling, in and of themselves.  I always liked the one in Asia to some degree, because it made for a super-strong European/Asian event in a slack time.  And, of course, I always felt the February Dove Mountain Match Play with the true match play format was the best event of the year.  But they destroyed it piece-by-piece.  Moved it on the calendar, and location, and went to a format that robbed it of its immediacy.

Whatever the case, it’s disconcerting that we have all these Jordan and Rory storylines (Brit Open, caddy change, major next week, career grand slam, Quail Hollow) and we don’t even get that event live.  That’s truly mind-blowing.

Being a true golf fan, I find these WGC and FedEx “playoff” events — particularly the latter — to be detrimental to the game of golf.  They rob us of our January “start of golf season” events, make the season too long, and lessen the allure (to both players and fans) of regular tour stops.  And don’t get me started on the Olympics…

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6 Responses to Thursday Late Edition

  1. ThreeWiggleExpert says:

    The only time(s) I can recall non-live coverage is when weather was a factor. Not sure if that was the case today but I’d have to believe it was. That said, work conflicts with Thursday/Friday coverage so I usually tune in for the evening replay to see some of the action so for the first couple of rounds at least, doesn’t seem to bother me too much. Weekends are different.

    Re your statement about the January start, I feel like I recall you saying part of the pointlessness of the playoffs was that it runs into college football. Well, January runs into NFL playoffs. Between that and college hoops, and half the country dealing with cold and snow January-March, those seem to be valid reasons for The Masters being considered the “official” start to the golf season.

    I’m not sure if it’s good or bad but I don’t mind the WGC before a major. It could be bad because it’s more golf right before one of the “big ones” and could add fatigue, but it seems it could be good too because players are guaranteed 4 competitive rounds to “get it right”.

    • lannyh says:

      My weather theory (proactive times vs typical summer thunderstorm patterns) is just a theory. And certainly tee times were not moved up for a specific threat the way they often are on the weekend when bands of rain from a tropical storm are on the radar.

      If you can’t watch the live coverage, it doesn’t much matter if there is live coverage. My point is that there is live coverage for the Joe’s Hot Dogs Podunk Creek Classic. There’s not for this “important” WGC tournament?

      I should clarify that my point is not about what happens the week before a major affecting the major. My point is that a tournament with, what, most of the top 75 players in the world, is turned into a John Deere Classic, diminished by what comes the following week.

      I stand by the point that the FedEx “playoffs” are nothing compared to the start of the college and pro football seasons. They are, in fact, also nothing compared to the majors.

      It’s a bit of a stretch to say January runs into football season. We’re talking golf’s version of spring training. Something to whet the appetite for what is to follow. And pro golfers playing in Hawaii and southern California when much of the nation is cold is a plus, not a negative.

    • lannyh says:

      I just put in a request to Van Cynical for an explanation of tee times. He’s generally pretty cool about responding.

  2. DanishDude says:

    Being a true golf fan, I find the only events worth watching are the majors and the Ryder Cup. On second thought, the PGA hasn’t really got that major “feeling” and the same goes for the US Open. Let’s face it, all those drunken, clueless american fans shouting “get in the hole” – it’s really quite obnoxious.

    Being a true golf fan, I find the only events worth watching are the Masters, the Open and the Ryder Cup. Come to think about it, the Masters; there’s really something quite disturbing, racist and antidemocratic about the whole operation, gestapo men in green jackets – and have you ever seen a squirrel or a bird on the premises?

    Being a true golf fan, I find the only events worth watching are the Open and the Ryder Cup. These days, though, any great event can be ruined by slow play. Epitomized by Jordan Spieth (definitely not Jordan Speed) this year. Single-handely he managed to out-bore all his opponents and the spectators too, good thing he was in the last group or they’d probably still be playing…

    Being a true golf fan, I find the only event worth watching is the Ryder Cup. And don’t get me started on the Ryder Cup…

    • lannyh says:

      Hmmm… The Ryder Cup tops the U.S. Open because drunken, clueless Americans at the U.S. Open are obnoxious? Add sloganeering to drunken and clueless and you get the American Ryder Cup fan.

      The PGA Championship is, most years, the strongest event played. Just sayin’.

  3. Speedy says:

    Somebody yelled, “Mashed potatoes!” last week in Canuckland.
    So much golf, so little time. And football is almost upon us. Thus the early start for FedUp Shit.

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