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…