The things I sometimes think about …
We have the fall portion of the PGA Tour that is underway as we speak.
Fourteen events on the calendar between September and the new year.
Fourteen events that, for the most part, carry a very low interest rate among the television-watching public.
The thing I wonder about is this, did the PGA Tour get reduced television rights from the Golf Channel for this part of the schedule?
I guess it’s like the deal the NFL has with preseason games. They are not real games; attendance is significantly decreased and the number of people who watched from opening kickoff to 0:00 on the scoreboard is minimal.
My guess is the TV deal for NFL games is like that for ticketholders: If you want the regular season games, you take the preseason games.
But does the PGA Tour carry the same kind of weight that the NFL does?
Again, the things I sometimes wonder about.
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The latest made-for-TV golf extravaganza will take place Oct. 21 at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan.
Excited yet? It will replace that disaster on pay-per-view a year ago between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
The stars in this one? Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama. The four-man skins game will be played ahead of the inaugural Zuzu Championship.
If you want to watch it, it will air on Golf Channel at 11 p.m. after a long day of Sunday football.
I can’t wait.
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McIlroy has become the semi-official spokesman against slow play in golf.
Not only has he opined about the current plague on the PGA Tour, but he went off on LPGA players who competed in the Solheim Cup.
“I watched and I don't want to single out particular people, but I watched a lot of the Solheim Cup at the weekend, and it was really slow,” he said. “As much as you want to sit there and watch and support the European girls, like it's just hard not to get frustrated with it.”
Perhaps his latest comments have come from his emboldened position of Player of the Year. He had a great year and should have been in the conversation for POY.
But was his year better than the one put together by Brooks Koepka? Boy I don’t know.
Arguments can be made for both players and have been for months now. The players cast their ballots and that’s all that matters.
I still would have voted for Koepka.
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The United States won the 2019 Walker Cup in England and now the focus shifts to 2021 when the amateur event is played at Seminole Golf Club May 8-9 in Juno Beach, Fla.
Former Oakmont Country Club professional Bob Ford is the general manager and pro at Seminole.
It will be the first time the public will be allowed on the Seminole course, that is annually ranked among the best in the world.
The event has been moved from its usual fall date to the spring, making it the first spring Walker Cup on U.S. soil. The move was made because the course will be in great shape at that time of year and the weather should be, too. It’s normal place on the schedule was in the peak of hurricane season in Florida, which is never a good thing.
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Mike Dudurich is a freelance golf writer and hosts The Golf Show on 93.7 The Fan, Saturday mornings from 7-8 during golf season. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Mike Dudurich.