I only watched the first hour and a half. It was OK, but not as exciting as everyone had hoped. I think most of you are correct that the course didn't show well on TV. I'm glad they did it if only for the charities.
Recorded and watched on delay. Caught up for the 18th and play off, so perfect timing!
- Stupid that players can't wear shorts on Tour.
- I really enjoyed seeing the players carry their own bags. This should be introduced on Tour! Much better test of the player when they have to make their shot selection on their own, especially green reading. Having a servant to carry your equipment and measure distances for you is a very outdated concept.
- I really enjoyed the absence of long conversations between player and caddie, which is a major contributor to slow play.
- It was great to see the players ready to play when it was their turn.
- Without caddies, green books, practice rounds, the players chipping and lag putting was less than perfect. Made them look more human, and is probably a better comparison for us.
- Rory and Rickie looked class.
- DJ looked really rusty. He was well off the others and he stopped trying.
- Wolff can seriously bomb it, but swing looks like an octopus falling out of a tree. His fast hip twist trigger move is ok for full swings but not great on short shots where you need to maintain a smooth swing. I'm guessing on a good day his natural timing will look after him but on a bad day he will struggle with distance control on pitches.
- I thought the course looked nice, was a bit too wide open for these guys. Commentators kept saying it normally plays much firmer which would have made it more interesting. Certainly more interesting later when the breeze picked up.
- The problem with these events (Tiger v Phil etc) is the dead time between shots when you only have one group on the course. ok as a one-off, not every week.
- The problem with these events (Tiger v Phil etc) is the dead time between shots when you only have one group on the course. ok as a one-off, not every week.[/QUOTE]
This is a great point. Filling the "dead" time is a problem. I get that it's entertainment, but sometimes the "celebrity" interviews ran over the actual golf shots. Like I said, I give them an A for the effort. Everything else was probably a C.
Watched a bit until Bill Murray and then Trump popped up. Didn't like the coverage or commentary and it didn't show the course off that well. As I watched just a few holes I can't comment on how they played throughout. Didn't engage me before they played and the event didn't keep my attention last night
DJ missed out on a playoff spot at the PGA Championship a few years back grounding his club in what he thought was a waste area as the crowd were all walking through it. Was given a two shot penalty for grounding in a bunker on the last hole.
Haha. Yep, rickie was comfortably the best...
...Until it mattered (kind of), when normality resumed..... looking good after 54 holes is his speciality.
I'd like to watch a condensed highlights (say, an hour) as the h*******t in between totally distracted from the golf and course. I was watching the septic version, so got the benefit if Bill Murray, trump etc. Plus interminable ads. How they watch golf on terrestrial is beyond me.
The course aesthetic was curious - without stands and crowds I think that many venues would be unrecognisable cf normal.