Good Morning Folks!
Lots to cover today. We had an LPGA major, a World Golf Championship Event, an NBA player making a very credible performance at a Web.com Tour event – and all kinds of things on tap for the week with the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.
A HUGE TwoMinuteGolf.com congratulations to Angel Yin for being selected by Captain Juli Inkster for this year’s Solheim Cup team. If you didn’t already know this, Angel has been a long time student of TwoMinuteGolf.com co-founder, Bob Lasken. Angel is one of the hardest working professionals you will ever meet – as well as being a humble and all around great kid (and I have to refer to her as a “kid” because she’s only 18!)
A well deserved honor for Angel, and a wonderful opportunity for golf fans to see a future star on the LPGA Tour. The Solheim Cup kicks off one week from today, on August 14th at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa. The Golf Channel and NBC will have all of the coverage.
Here’s an interview we did with Angel back in 2016:
Congratulations also go out to I.K. Kim on winning the Women’s British Open. If you are a golf fan, you will never forget this putt from the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship:
After missing this 1 1/2 foot putt, Kim would go on to a playoff where she would lose the championship. But she was able to erase those demons this past weekend with a wonderful victory in the Women’s British Open. She held a six shot lead going into the final round, and was able to hold off the field by making pars on her final five holes to win by two. It was an excited final round, and the early morning coverage here in the states gave a lot of fans the chance to catch the women’s game at it’s finest.
Speaking of finest…
What golf course were the other guys playing?!? Hideki Matsuyama won the 2017 World Series of Golf, errr, I’m sorry, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by lapping the field with a course record tying 61 at Firestone Country Club. His -9 under par round was four better than the rest of the field on the final day, and gave Matsuyama a five stroke victory in the tournament. If you’re into golf pools for the major championships (and, since gambling is “illegal at Bushwood” we can’t really condone that sort of thing here at TwoMinuteGolf.com), Hideki merits some serious consideration as he’s arguably been the most consistent player in the world over the past 10 months.
Speaking of the major championships…
PGA Championship at Quail Hollow
The PGA Championship returns to North Carolina for the first time since the 1974 championship at Tanglewood in which Lee Trevino held off Jack Nicklaus by a stroke to capture his fifth major championship.
This year’s event promises to be very excited as five story lines really stand out:
Can Jordan Spieth be the youngest ever to capture the career grand slam?
Can Rory McIlroy regain his championship form on a course where has already won twice in his career (note – McIlroy led the field in driving this past week at Firestone…a very good sign)?
Can Dustin Johnson regain the form he showed earlier this year when he completely dominated every event he entered?
Can Hideki Matsuyama add his first major championship – and the first ever for a player from Japan – to his already stellar 2016-17 season?
And, can Rickie Fowler finally break through and win a major? He’s been in the hunt all year – and is coming off a 9th place finish at Firestone – could Quail Hollow be his moment?
The coverage kicks off on Thursday with TNT carrying rounds 1 and 2, and CBS picking things up for the weekend.
We already spoke at length about Curry’s maiden journey on the Web.com Tour in yesterday’s post, but if you missed it, Curry fired a 74-74 for an 8 over par total. He missed the cut – that was expected – but he brought a lot of attention to a Web.com Tour event – something that tour both needs and deserves – and he illustrated just how GOOD these professional players really are. Curry took a bit of flack from the “He’s taking a spot away from a deserving player” crowd when he accepted the invitation to play, but he more than held his own – and the greater good, i.e., the attention and money he brought to his foundation, more than justified the appearance.
CBS Golf Coverage
Finally, as referenced above, CBS will carry the final two rounds of this year’s PGA Championship. And, while this blog always tries to stay on the positive side of things, I do think a blurb is warranted regarding CBS’s coverage of the PGA Tour.
For those of us who grew up in watching professional golf in the 70’s and 80’s, CBS set the standard for weekly coverage of the PGA Tour. Yes, ABC had three of the four majors, and – for my money – there’s nothing better than a Jim McKay voiceover followed by the Barry White theme song to kick off the television coverage of a major championship (be sure to watch all the way to the 2:45 mark for full effect!):
BUT, CBS was the source for most of the week in and week out coverage of the Tour. Every Saturday and Sunday you could count on CBS to bring the coverage in a professional and entertaining fashion.
So, what has happened?
Well, while their coverage of the Masters is still sets the standard in my opinion, their coverage of weekly Tour events is sorely lacking. Now, I have no beef with the announcing crew. I do believe Jim Nantz, Nick Faldo, Ian Baker Finch, Gary McCord, Peter Kostis, and Dottie Pepper do a fine job in their respective roles (and, talk about tough shoes to fill…other than an interview mistake or two, Dottie Pepper has, in my opinion, stepped in as well as can be expected to fill the role the was perfected by David Feherty).
Still, why can’t CBS just show us a little more golf?
I mean, what’s with all of the commercials?
What’s with all of the flyovers of the course?
What’s with all of the network promos?
I mean, is it only mean, or does it seem like a CBS golf telecast – with the exception of the Masters, of course – is just one long commercial with a few interruptions of golf shots?
I’ve been tracking this for several weeks now, and it’s almost become the norm for CBS to show a mere 3 shots and then break for a commercial. I mean, all I can remember from this year’s AT&T from Pebble Beach was a bunch of interviews with celebrities most people have never heard of, images of just about every dog on the Monterey Peninsula playing on the beach, and flyovers of the 18th hole!
From the network that brought the grace, charm and professionalism of Pat Summerall and Ken Venturi into our family rooms at nearly twenty Tour stops per year, we – the golf fans – deserve better.
As I said earlier, we try to stay away from the negative here at TwoMinuteGolf.com, but come on, CBS, let’s get back to covering some golf!
That’s it for this week’s Monday Morning Wrap Up and Warm Up.