Time to Cut - Part II
June 24, 2013
By Dan Daly
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Congratulations to Ken Duke on finally breaking through and getting his first PGA tour win. Seems like a very solid guy, very popular among the veterans and it only took 187 starts to finally seal the deal, but hey, the good news is that means there is still hope for Mickelson at the U.S. Open I guess. However I have to ask; if less that 100 people watched on TV does it still count as a PGA Tour win? Just curious.
Stay classy Bubba Watson.
Also watched Ernie Els win on Sunday morning at one of the 236 European Tournaments that BMW sponsors. Dude is amazing, 44-years old, still hits it a mile and played in the US Open last week before he flew halfway across the globe to win. I am now selling my official Ernie Els bandwagon tickets for the British Open at a modest 200% markup…but I’ll throw in the shipping and handling for free.
The other tournament on the golf channel this weekend was the LPGA Redneck Open in Rogers, Arkansas. I have to imagine the final leader of Inbee Park, Mika Miyazato, So Yeon Ryu, Lydia Ko and In-Kyung Kim was exactly what the good folks in Rogers were hoping for when they set that up. I’m sure no sporting event in Arkansas sells tickets faster than a women’s golf tournament with a leaderboard filled with names that one can even pronounce. It really is a wonder why women’s golf in America isn’t more popular?
The biggest story of the week came off the course this week with news that Tiger is officially on the IR until the British Open with a bum wing. He claims he hurt it when he won last month at the PLAYERS. That very well may be true but I’m guessing it happened off the course that Sunday night and involved Lindsey Vonn, a ski pole and a Jacksonville stripper? Either way, he already had no shot at winning at Murfield, this just puts him making the cut up for debate.
I did see where NBC's Sunday television ratings for the U.S. Open were down more than seven percent from the final round of 2012. You remember 2012, it featured that unforgettable final twosome of Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell vs 2013 which had “the people’s champion” FIGJAM Mickelson in the lead and in the final group on Sunday. Yeah, you can keep trying to convince me that Mickelson is as popular as or more popular than Tiger but I’ll stick to facts and the facts (ratings) say it’s not even close.
Anyway, as you can see, the stories I have to choose from this week in the golf world are riveting. So that leads me to part two of my amazing two part series on tournaments the PGA Tour needs to cut. To refresh yourself on part one, click here.
In short, I realize that not every week can be the Masters or the US Open, but we have to do something about some of these second and third tier tournaments; some of them are unwatchable. I know they raise a lot of money for charities and I am all for that, but I also subscribe to the less is more theory. So to pick up where we left off I will start with my hometown tournament.
HP Byron Nelson – This is actually one of the best run tournaments of the year outside of the Masters and raises by far more money than any other tournament all year. The problem is it’s played on a terrible golf course and after Byron Nelson died most of the good players stopped coming as a result. However, the city of Dallas is building what I understand to be an incredible new course and with AT&T backing it I believe they will get a better date and combined with a better course hopefully will get a better field as well. This tournament also has some of the best scenery on tour outside of the ropes, and as one Pro told me, “hands down the best strip clubs of any stop all year.”
Colonial – I love Cowtown, but when Zach Johnson is the prohibitive favorite every year on your course and the most exciting part of your tournament is the caddy races on the 13th hole it might be time to look at changing some things up.
The Memorial – Jack’s tournament…stellar course…stellar field…stellar list of past champions…this one isn’t going anywhere. But can someone please explain to me how the Memorial is played the week after Memorial Day weekend?
FedEx St Jude – I’m all for anything that raises money for the St Jude hospital but is that really the best course they can find the week before the U.S Open? Get a better course and you will get a better field. See the Houston Open model.
Travelers – My theory is still very simple, the week’s following a major should be a bye week. And if I have to watch the Traveler’s commercial with that #&(^ing dog moving the golf ball one more time I might break my television. Are they playing a course with 18 straight double-blind dogleg holes?
AT&T National – Tiger’s tournament; which he seems to only play in about once every 3 years for various reasons yet somehow wins it almost every time he does show up.
The Greenbrier – They held an episode of the Bachelor or Bachelorette there according to my wife, thus it should automatically deleted from the PGA Tour rotation. Period.
John Deere Classic – Unless you are related to Steve Stricker or Zach Johnson are you really going to watch this tournament or care if it is deleted from the schedule? The total purse for this thing is like $580 pro shop credit and a box of Pro V1’s.
Canadian Open – It’s in Canada and it’s played the week after the Open Championship. Control+Alt+Delete
Wyndham Championship – It’s played the week after the PGA and the week before the FedEx playoffs. Thus it’s basically a bye week already for the good players so let’s just make it official.
FedEx Playoffs– This thing goes into football season and cuts the interest level by half as a result. I love golf, but it will never compete with football for ratings. Ever. However, once they get rid of some of these other worthless tournaments they can end this thing the last weekend of August and everybody wins.
My name is Dan Daly and I’m running for PGA Tour commissioner.
Until Next Week,