When it comes to watching professional golf tournaments on TV, everyone is a critic.
This doubles as for majors. On a wild Saturday with a huddled leaderboard, NBC’s lead golf producer Tommy Roy faced the difficult task of showing the drama unfolding. Where was the local boy Keegan Bradley? Why was the last set, with the sputtering Colin Morikawa, so dark? How many “running” commercials can we watch?
Complaining on social media was plentiful, and we’ll get there, but first some praise must be missed. Watching the early morning broadcast about six hours before the group final ended offered some great insights as analyst Aaron Oberholser outlined the risk-reward challenge of the 18-footed tee with the help of Justin Leonard at the booth. About 10 hours later, defending champion Jon Ram drove into the left lane bunker that Oberholser had warned spectators and hit the lip with a second hit, eventually making him a double bogey and squandering his lead. If you watched this clip, you are ready to face this 18-hole Ram disaster.
Another highlight was a segment with former caddy analyst John Wood, who took viewers inside the yardage book and explained the ins and outs of caddies in order to help their player that the average viewer might not know. No Laying Up also pointed this out on social media.
Wood also proved to be a good infantryman and helped viewers understand how on a breezy day the course changed into a quick and assertive test that swelled the results in the afternoon.
“I’m 220 yards out of that green,” he said, “and I could hear that ball bouncing around like I was standing next to it.” “these [greens] They are installed. “
Another feature: 4D replay. It’s sponsored content, but these visuals are a significant upgrade from the days of Peter Kostis of CBS and the Minolta Biz Hub Swing Vision, though I’ve been dealing with Kostis breaking up the swings on NBC’s Paul Azinger any day. It’s as if the swing geeks out there could really learn something as they watched the best players in the world through this technology.
Well, I promised a bunch of the most social media barbs for the broadcast and the reactions came fast and furious in real time. Golf News Net’s Ryan Ballengee summed up the feud between fans and the viewing experience in a nutshell in his tweet.
I’m going on a limb here, but I’m pretty sure there’s no “market research” that deepfriedegg is referring to below.
There have been several complaints that many players have gone into Witness Protection during TV broadcasts on occasion and been unseen for extended periods, including this tweet from Josh Babbitt, asking what happened to Bradley.
This tweet from Piehowski DJ from No Laying Up made me laugh. NBC likes to promote how they show every player on the field because if they earn a spot on the field, they deserve to be shown. Piehowski has taken a hilarious shot for several commercials (in her defense, NBC has racked up huge amounts of rights fees and they have to pay the bills) and I can confirm that Mike Terrico didn’t actually say this…but, oh, if he did!
No Laying Up can’t be accused of piling on their multiple tweets, but that doesn’t mean what they take is wrong.
Last but not least, Geoff Shackelford couldn’t help but point out that the ads weren’t slowing down as TV broadcasting reached its peak.
The good news is that Golf Twitter can breathe a sigh of relief: the last hour of Sunday’s broadcast is being offered free of charge thanks to the good folks at Rolex. There’s still another round to go, and with a star-studded narrow leaderboard, we’re bound to have drama on Sunday. And maybe free golf: every tournament at The Country Club is decided by a playoff. Enjoy the final round that starts at 9 AM ET on Peacock, goes to USA Network at 10 and finally to NBC at 12 ET. Let’s have a day.