The Masters Was the One for Jack

By | April 18, 2018

‘I just expected to win every year’: Nicklaus cautions against Masters-induced slumps | by AP News via Golf.com

“I had to learn that there were other tournaments in the country after Augusta,” Nicklaus said at the Masters after hitting the ceremonial first tee shot. “I played Augusta a lot of times and lost. I won in ’63, ’65 and ’66, and I just expected to win every year. I thought I would just continue to do that. I put such a buildup to this tournament and the importance of winning that first major that it was to my detriment more times than a positive,” he said.

Much has been written about how Nicklaus built his season around the majors but it’s still impressive to hear him admit how much the Masters meant to him.

Is there anyone else other than maybe Tiger Woods that honestly sees not winning the Masters as a failure? Of course they all dream of winning. Several players showed up at Augusta this year believing that their game was in good enough shape to contend. Fewer probably thought that it was truly their tournament to win.

Does Rory McIlroy feel that his season is over now because he didn’t get it done again this year? Is Dustin Johnson giving up on 2018 because he’s gone another year without a jacket?

Jack Nicklaus believed he should win every time he played. He was that good and he knew it. That’s what made him the best to ever play the game.

More Details on the USGA and FOX Partnership

By | April 17, 2018

Fox to Air More Than 150 Hours of USGA Championship Coverage | via Brian DePasquale for USGA.org

FOX Sports, the domestic broadcast partner of the United States Golf Association, will air more than 150 hours of live coverage across nine 2018 USGA championships, including more than 45 hours on FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes and continuous live streaming on FOX Sports Go from the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, in Southampton, N.Y. FOX Sports will also provide live coverage from the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Senior Women’s Open, four USGA amateur championships and the 40th Curtis Cup Match.

It’s great to see the other USGA Championships getting so much television love. The Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens have had extensive coverage for years of course. To be able to easily watch significant coverage of the Curtis Cup, U.S. Junior Amateur, and even a little live coverage of the U.S. Mid-Amateur will be a nice treat.

Now, let’s hope that the actual FOX broadcasts continue to improve. Each year has been a little better than the last with a few exceptions. The team, whoever they end up being, will have ample opportunity to practice with so many hours of television to fill. I’m excited and hopeful this turns out to be as good as it sounds on paper.

Better Late than Never

By | April 16, 2018

CBS Sports ‘re-examining’ policy that kept final round of RBC Heritage from being shown live | via John Strege for GolfDigest.com

Sunday’s weather forecast for Hilton Head, S.C., was not favorable, resulting in the PGA Tour moving up tee times to assure the final round was completed without delay. It was, and Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira defeated Si Woo Kim of South Korea in a playoff.

However, CBS chose to air its final-round coverage as scheduled, later in the day, not surprisingly, but it provided no alternative for those viewers interested in watching the tournament live, say, via live-streaming on the Internet.

While “live” does seem to be the most logical choice when it comes to airing sports I’m not sure that CBS was in the wrong here. At the end of the day, the purse and television rights money has to come from somewhere and the sponsors who paid for this event were expecting a particular audience at a particular time. I’d probably feel differently if we were talking about a Major, but with all due respect, this was the RBC Heritage.