In case you comply with politics, you nearly definitely have heard the saying, “Persons are coverage.” It’s an indeniable truism, and it applies to just about each realm life.
We noticed an instance of it throughout Golf Channel’s protection of the OHL Basic at Mayakoba. Golf Channel has made a better effort this 12 months to seize on-course audio. With out query, the LPGA crew has accomplished one of the best job of executing on that technique.
So it’s most likely not shocking that the week when Golf Channel did its greatest job thus far of capturing on-course audio at a PGA Tour occasion, it was the week when three regulars from the channel’s LPGA crew – anchor Terry Gannon and course reporters Kay Cockerill and Jerry Foltz – had been on the decision. A fourth announcer, Curt Byrum, has spent slightly time masking the LPGA, and director John DelVecchio additionally directs LPGA protection.
Gannon set the tone within the first spherical when he shushed David Duval so viewers may take heed to Keith Mitchell talk about his method to No. 9 together with his caddie, Pete Persolja.
We heard Bryson DeChambeau and his caddie, Tim Tucker, speak about hitting a draw on No. 5 (kudos to Cockerill for having the self-discipline to stay silent when Byrum requested her to choose up the decision).
A couple of minutes afterward No. 6, Zach Johnson was heard questioning a yardage: “I’ve obtained greater than that. I’ve obtained much more than that. I’ve obtained 80, 85 (yards) even. Do you assume there’s sufficient assist for an 80-yard shot?” His caddie, Damon Inexperienced, apparently assured him there was. There wasn’t, nonetheless, and Johnson ended up in a bunker.
“Don’t plug! Don’t plug!” Johnson yelled as his ball fell brief.
We heard Graeme McDowell discussing the place he needed to go away his second shot on No. 5 and whether or not he had sufficient membership to hold that entrance bunker on No. 6. “A very good, strong one is certainly providing you with clearance,” caddie Ken Comboy assured him. That transitioned to McDowell’s taking part in associate, Pat Perez, asking his caddie, Michael Hartford, “That is that pin on Sunday final 12 months, isn’t it?” (Perez received at Mayakoba final fall.) Hartford confirmed it was.
“What are you considering, like seven to eight (yards) down?” Perez requested, referring to the wind.
“Off the precise, largely, with slightly assist,” Hartford mentioned.
That was adopted by DeChambeau and Tucker discussing tips on how to play a shot on No. 7 from behind a cenote, which required him to get the ball airborne shortly.
“No probability you will get that up (over the cenote)?” Tucker requested.
“I may hit a minimize Three-wood, truthfully, however what the heck?” DeChambeau mentioned earlier than laying up.
This was all throughout the first 45 minutes of the primary spherical. And it continued all through the weather-plagued protection Friday and Saturday.
There’s no query it’s slightly simpler to get good on-course audio at a boutique occasion such because the OHL Basic, with its small crowds and relaxed environment.
Nonetheless, to this viewer, this protection was textbook stuff. This ought to be required viewing for anybody within the Golf Channel/NBC orbit when discussing tips on how to cowl stay golf.
The Golf Channel had time to kill Saturday earlier than play resumed following a climate delay. A few of that point was spent discussing Patrick Cantlay’s first Tour victory final week. Duval made some good factors, increasing on a theme we’ve heard him talk about with regard to his 2001 British Open victory.
“(Cantlay will) acknowledge that he most likely didn’t play good golf,” Duval mentioned. “And you actually, really don’t want to try this. Typically out right here, with the expertise, all of the instructing, all of the gurus, you may fall into that entice of making an attempt to play good. And also you overlook it’s a recreation, a recreation of artistry. You’ve obtained to hit golf photographs, you’ve obtained to adapt to the state of affairs.”
As I famous final week, Duval generally is talked about as a potential successor to Johnny Miller. I believe he, like Brandel Chamblee, most likely is healthier suited to the studio or different venues wherein he has the prospect to flesh out his ideas. However his statement on Cantlay was an instance of why he’s an attention-grabbing voice.
Only a bit excessive
Duval drew fun Saturday when Hunter Mahan snap-hooked his tee shot badly on the par-Three 15th. “That appeared like slightly bit excessive,” Duval mentioned of Mahan’s swing. When Mahan’s iron shot landed about 60 yards left of the pin, Duval added, “That was, uh, terrible. That was only a actually unhealthy golf shot.”