Recently I posted a bit of a grizzle about the extent of live coverage of USPGA events because I felt that it was CRAP!! There are basically three types of golf I watch on TV (and I have to add it is preferable to view it live as you never really know when some form of ‘spoiler’ might pop up- a tweet on Twitter, a mention in a news programme [radio of TV], newspaper or a casual comment from an acquaintance) If you don’t wish to view the post linked above the guts of it was that I timed a couple of segments and kept a careful track of live shots, both putts and strokes played ‘through the green’ (fairways, rough, hazards, etc..) What I recorded in a 15 minute period was 8 putts and 6 other shots- what I saw was repeated replays from earlier in the day or previous rounds, front-people talking to themselves or ‘guests’, features on notable players (interestingly enough it seems it is not necessary for the notable to actually be ‘in the hunt’ or even in the field!), repeated leader-boards, items on concurrent events on the PGA‘s other ‘Tours’ or championships, references to the European Tour (with the inevitable ‘spoilers’ for events I might well have on tape!!), obeisance to sponsors and interminable references to their (PGA) beloved ‘FEDEX Cup, (the PGA’s effort to create a ‘major’ event, something they believe they can do simply by throwing an obscene amount of money at it. In my view it doesn’t work but that’s OK.)
So this morning I started watching the live coverage of the USPGA’s ‘Transitions Championship‘ at Innsbrook’s Copperhead Course which promised to be pretty interesting given Luke Donald has a good chance of regaining #1 status, Ernie Els looking good and needing to perform well to make it into the ‘Masters’ a wee way down the track, Jim Furyk playing well and looking to climb back into the top echelons of the game, Sang Moon Bae, a young Korean looking very handy and showing he’s got the game to win, other good players there or there abouts, as well as gorgeous playing conditions and a great golf course waiting to bite the unwary in the backside!
I was pleasantly surprised that for the first half hour or so there seemed to be much more live golf shown and much less extraneous bumf but always the ‘somewhat cynical’ I decided to do another timed study. Things were looking really good when after just 7 minutes we had overtaken the totals of the previously timed 15 minute ‘studies’ with 6 putts and 8 strokes ‘through the green’. Woohoo! Sadly things slowed a bit over the next 2 minutes when they showed 2 putts and 1 other shot. It was at this time that they announced change of presenters- the Golf Channel had been carrying the game but it was to change to NBC when they finished a commitment to broadcast a hockey game. The change duly took place and the remaining 6 minutes was from NBC. Bloody hell!!! 6 minutes- 3 putts!! I couldn’t believe it! 7 minutes, 6 putts and 8 ‘other strokes’. 8 further minutes, 5 putts and 1 ‘other stroke’.
That’s it- I quit. I’ll now use the time that the USPGA events are being shown to watch recorded European Tour and record the USPGA ‘live’ coverage. This will now enable me, when I watch it later to fast forward through the dross to get to the golf. Thanks be to someone for MySky+. (You never know, I might even get off my arse and do something useful while the USPGA events are being recorded! Hmmm- that’s a pretty scary proposition!)