Fox shines with extended coverage, fails elsewhere
I did appreciate being able to watch the U.S. Open on Fox Sports with the extended hours of coverage, but Fox falls short on its reporting.
There is too much dead air time, too much rambling on and on about some facts from history, too much coverage of Tiger Woods and too little coverage of play-by-play. Fox brings up graphics to show a player and his score, but not every time. If you don't recognize the player shown and Fox doesn’t bring up the graphic, you have no idea who he is or where he fits into the scoring. Even if you do recognize the player, if there is no graphic to show where he stands, you don't have a grasp on where he stands in the tournament.
Tiger Woods proved to be a non-entity in this Open, and yet in the beginning there was only coverage of him, alternating with some other random golfer.
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
An American pulling for Americans
I remember when I couldn’t stand Jack Nicklaus because I and so many other golf fans wanted to have Arnold Palmer win. It’s the same for me with the LPGA and the PGA Tour. I want an American to win.
I want Americans to win weekly and win majors on the PGA Tour and the LPGA. If Tiger Woods is not playing, I watch less golf. When he is playing, I watch every shot.
I’m an old white guy, and I, too, am not a racist. I think Woods is the greatest golfer ever.
It amazes me when fans yell louder for a European than an American when they are coming down the stretch. Watch the Ryder Cup; that tells it all.
As Americans, we want Americans to win, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Where the boys are
There has been some talk lately about the popularity (or lack thereof) of the LPGA, and speculation of reasons why golf fans don’t watch the women’s tour like they do the PGA Tour.
As I read in Morning Read, the Women’s PGA is being played this week at Hazeltine National, and it struck me: Maybe if the LPGA played at some of the same courses as the PGA Tour does, it would drive interest. I’d be much more likely to watch the LPGA play an event at Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale or Harbour Town, for example. I know it would put the course in a stressful situation, trying to play two pro-tour events in the same year, but I would think they could overcome that hurdle with a little negotiation. It definitely would get me watching.
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