PGA Live Golf Coverage.

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!)

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One thought on “PGA Live Golf Coverage.

  1. Maynard Merrell says:

    i’M GETTING DAMN TIRED OF TURNING ON THE GOLF CHANNEL AND HEARING ABOUT TIGER WOOS THIS AND TIGER WOODS THAT. I’M NOT A RACIST AND I THINK TIGER IS A GRREATY GOLFER, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHERS OUT THERE, TOO, PARTICULARLY WOMEN GOLFERS THAT YOU GIVE LITTLE ATTENTION TO BY NAME OR THEIR TOURNAMENTS. THEN YOU HAVE THOSE GUYS SITTING AROUND TALKING GOLF ALL DAY. I GET A LOT OUT OF WATCHING GOLF. I LEARN THINGS ABOUT THE GOLF SWING AND HOW TO GET OUT OF TROUBLE. tHERE IS MORE TO ATCHING GOLF THEN JUSTWATCHING AND LISTENING TO SOME COMMENTATER OR SOMONE, LIKE TIGER, SWINGIMNG A CLUB. tHERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF GOLF PLAYED SINCE THE 50S, WHY NOT SHOW THOSE GAMES INSTEAD OF YAK, YAK, YAK ABOUT TIGER. i THINK ALL HAT TALKING CAUSE HIM A LOT OF PROBLEMS BY HAVING TO LIVE UP TO LL THOSE THINKS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID ABOUT HOW GREAT HE IS. MY LASTCOMMENT IS THAT THE GOLF COURSES ARE TOO DAMN EASY FOR SO CALLED PROS. US DUFFRS HAVE TO PLAYON CURSES, AT OUR CAPABILITY, THAT ARE A HELL OF A LOT TOUGHER THAN THEY PLAY ON. i MEAN PITCHING TO A GREEN THATS 160 FEET LONG IS REDICULAS. i’VE PLAYED ON PUBLIC COURSES JUST AS LONG AS TOURNAMENT COURSES, BUT WITHOUT MANCURIED FAIRWAYS AND GREENS, CLEANED OUT WOODS, AND GRASS UP THE ASS. ON COURES LIKE THIS PROS WOOD COMPLAIN AND SOUND LIKE SISSIES. QUIT MAKING THE GAME OF GOLF EASIER AND EASIER WITH MORE AND MORE RULES, JUST TO PLEASE LONG HITTERS (MORE HAZARDS AND DOG LEGS WOULD FORCE THEM TO SHOW US SOME SKILL INSTEAD OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT AND WORRYING ABOUT TV TIME PURCHASED. PURCHASE MORE TIME). IF YOU MUST SPEED UP THE TIME, TELL THE GOLFERS TO QUIT WALKING ALL AROUND THE GREENS STUDYING THE BUMBS AND CURVES, BUT WALK TO THE BALL AND PUTT. tHATS WHAT WSE DO WHEN PUSHED MY CROWDS ON THE PUBLIC COURSE. NO TIME TO SUCK OUR TUMBS, JUST PUTT.

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