Satisfaction? For 20 bucks, you can start me up
First of all, I have to confess that I watched the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match. I figured, Why not spend $20 for five hours of golf entertainment when I’ve spent $400 for the latest and greatest driver that claims will add 10 yards ... and after a couple of rounds, it’s in the basement with the other latest and greatest.
“The Match” had its good and bad moments, but as a golf fan, I found it entertaining, even if a lot of it was “crappy” golf.
But the opening of the telecast confirmed what I thought about this “$9 million to charity” event. The opening included shots of Floyd Mayweather, Oscar de la Hoya and Mike Tyson. What did those boxers have in common? All are in the top five of all-time Las Vegas pay-per-view events, including Mayweather’s $300 million-plus “match” with Conor McGregor. So that tells me that “The Match” expected to be in their neighborhood, and the Woods and Mickelson venture probably grossed tens of millions of dollars for each of them. That’s why they were able to laugh about giving each other putts. They were laughing all the way to the bank.
So we contributed $20 to them. Big deal. Next year, people will be spending $250 and up for tickets to The Rolling Stones concert tour. There’s more value in watching 40-somethings Woods and Mickelson, who are not far from their prime, than there is in watching Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who are in their mid-70s and long past their primes.
Woods-Mickelson ‘vulgarity’ need not be repeated
Despite the hype and those who say that the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match was good for golf, it fell so wide of the mark that I don’t understand why anyone is remotely interested in “The Match 2.”
I get bringing golf to the masses and in as many different forms as can be televised, but this was vulgarity at its finest.
If you look back – and you do not need to go back far – “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf” provides a model that perhaps Woods and Mickelson would like to take note of. The spirit of the games, the camaraderie and the banter were all in taste. Commentary on and off the course did not require the obligatory bleep machine to run overtime.
Many of today’s golfers, for the most part, have forgotten how to be role models and provide entertainment outside the usual PGA Tour events. It is about time that many of the players had a fireside chat with Jack Nicklaus or Gary Player about just what it means to be a role model in golf and how, through the abundant talent they possess, many less fortunate than themselves can benefit.
Please, no more of this vulgarity on TV. Let’s hope for exciting formats without the vulgar purses where players genuinely banter and not be part of the foul-mouthed trash society.
Only DVR, not PGA Tour, hastens Spieth’s pace
Jordan Spieth is hard to root for as his pace of play is beyond slow. It is irritating.
Also, this talking in the third person is very confusing. His actions trickle down to the average golfer. He should be ashamed of his pace of play, and the PGA Tour should stop acting as if this is not a problem.
When people such as myself DVR events, it cuts out the advertisers. When it gets the advertisers’ attention, hopefully they will stop advertising until the PGA Tour addresses the problem.
Only falling ratings will force the PGA Tour to act. Forget about the stuffed shirts over at the USGA.
Great Neck, N.Y.
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