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Golf on TV

Postby VideoGameCritic » July 17th, 2022, 10:17 am

I've got into the habit of watching golf on TV, and I really like it. It's very relaxing - kind of like tennis. Good to take a nap to.

Today is the last day of the British Open (150th) and I couldn't help but notice how dry it is. It looks like they are playing in the desert with balls bouncing on the hard dirt. Is it always like that or is it dryer than normal this year?

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Re: Golf on TV

Postby jon » July 17th, 2022, 7:22 pm

I was watching it. I think the British Open usually has bouncy surfaces and St. Andrews. I really wanted Rory to win but he had another near miss. It’s been a while for him. I remember him having the golf video game in his name. Well, he’s not the guy anymore. He probably got the video game I heard because of Tiger’s issues around that time.

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Re: Golf on TV

Postby travistouchdown » July 18th, 2022, 2:07 pm

Watched the entire Open last week; great fun! Final round was epic.

The "old course" at St. Andrews is known for being quirky and rough looking compared to modern PGA courses. It's 500+ years old; so it doesn't surprise me the grass is brown, etc. Famous quote on it:

“Say! That looks like an old abandoned golf course. What did they call it?” — Sam Snead upon his first sight of St. Andrews. He went on to win in 1946.

My only problem with watching golf is i don't have cable so it's a pain to watch; i only get certain local channels and it's always moving between networks, CBS, NBC, Golf Network, Peakcock, Etc etc. To watch this weekend i had to do a trial of Direct TV Streaming which was terrible and kept glitching when cast to the chromecast on my TV (no xbox app available.).

We might just go to a sports bar for the next major because we are a anti-cable/subscription service group of friends (AKA Cheapskates!) :D

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Re: Golf on TV

Postby jon » July 18th, 2022, 6:54 pm

I'm having a hard time finding anyone worth rooting for. Tiger's basically done. Rory hasn't won in forever. And it seems like everyone else on tour is just so boring. I don't think there's ever been this few golfers worth rooting for. They seem like they have no personality, just totally distant and aloof. This guy who just won at St. Andrews and Scheffler who won the Masters are just so hard to root for. There needs to be someone new to step up. I mean, think of all the golfers that are either past their prime or aren't winning anymore: Mickelson, Tiger, Sergio Garcia, Rory....etc. Even a guy like David Duval back in the day seemed like a relatable guy. There's no one even remotely close to the appeal of a Tiger or John Daly. There needs to be an everyman to step up or at least Rory come back and win some more majors. Heck, even Jordan Spieth was more interesting than the people out there now.

And think about all the likeable golfers in the 90's even before Tiger. There were too many to even count. I'm sure I'm missing some but in addition to some of the old timers who were still around like Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, etc., there was Greg Norman (The Shark), Fred Couples, John Daly, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Tom Lehman, etc. And that's just off the top of my head. I still watch golf, but I'm also a little worried that these courses are too easy. I mean 20 under being the winning score at a British Open kind of seems low.

The U.S. Open has had a few years lately with way too low of scores. The winning score this year was 6 under but there were 9 players under par. I used to love watching the U.S. Open and seeing players try to navigate a brutal golf course. It seemed like most years it was extremely tough to break par, and the winner would be around the +2 to -2 range. But the last few years it's been way too easy. Six under as the winning score every year with multiple golfers close behind is not nearly as challenging as it should be. If they're driving too far, fine. Put the tees back another 30 yards. And also some popular golfers like Sergio Garcia haven't been contending anymore. Phil and Tiger are too old.


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