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#46 TruCatzFan

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 03:17 PM

Tiger Woods is Golf. You can hate him all u want and for whatever reasons you want. If he's not playing in this tourney, the network would have been under water!

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 03:27 PM

That's just it. Tiger Woods is not golf, no more than Niklaus or Phil. If you have ever played the game, you do not need a hype machine to get you interested. I will agree that money has driven the broadcasts to do things they normally would not have done. McDowell and Furyk will have an epic battle today. For the "golf" fan, it will be great. For the hype fan, not so much.

It's like saying the Dallas Cowboys are football.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 03:29 PM

That's just it. Tiger Woods is not golf, no more than Niklaus or Phil. If you have ever played the game, you do not need a hype machine to get you interested. I will agree that money has driven the broadcasts to do things they normally would not have done. McDowell and Furyk will have an epic battle today. For the "golf" fan, it will be great. For the hype fan, not so much.

It's like saying the Dallas Cowboys are football.


The ratings are always higher when Tiger is in contention. Ticket sales are higher when Tiger plays. There is more excitement and attention around the game when Tiger is in contention. I understand your point about the "hype fan" but the Dallas Cowboys comparison was bad.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 03:36 PM

No team brings in more "hype" cash than Jerry Jones' Cowboys. When they are in Charlotte, half the stadium is full of Cowboy fans. But, they are not football like all their psuedo fans believe. Neither is Tiger even though the networks hope to keep the hype and ratings going. They are doing pretty well actually to keep the audience centered on a guy who more and more looks like his time is slipping away.

What golf needs to do is to get folks interested in the game, because very soon, Tiger will be gone and the game will suffer immeasureably if they do not get away from hyping a player rather than the sport.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:26 PM

Is Berman going to be doing the broadcast today, because it will be unwatchable if that's the case.


This we can agree on KG, Berman is bad at announcing period... NBC is better, but CBS has the best golf coverage by far...


Tiger Woods is Golf. You can hate him all u want and for whatever reasons you want. If he's not playing in this tourney, the network would have been under water!


I couldn't disagree with this more. Tiger is one player. Yes, he's a star, yes the galleries love him and the networks do too. yes, he is arguably the best player ever (although I think Jack still has the edge), but no, he is not golf.

There are SO many good players on tour, so many players that I love to watch I can't even name them all, Phil, DJ, Bubba, Haas, Fowler, Rory, Tom Watson, Anthony Kim, Stricker, Vegas, and on and on...

Not to mention the fact that stirs has already mentioned... Tiger is such an asshole. I've been to dozens of pro tourneys, he's not the biggest asshole, but he's up there. So many other golfers speak to the galleries and are just generally more pleasant on the course. People like a winner which is why Tiger's galleries are so big.

By the way, as I type this... Tiger is butchering #3... he's checked out of this tournament mentally.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:28 PM

Yeah the tourney is over for Tiger... +7 now.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:29 PM

Tiger's day thru the first 3 holes: bogey, boegy, double bogey... keep waiting for the network to announce his charge toward the top of the leaderboard!

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:33 PM

Hossler just chipped in for par at 1. This is fun.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:34 PM

That's just it. Tiger Woods is not golf, no more than Niklaus or Phil. If you have ever played the game, you do not need a hype machine to get you interested. I will agree that money has driven the broadcasts to do things they normally would not have done. McDowell and Furyk will have an epic battle today. For the "golf" fan, it will be great. For the hype fan, not so much.

It's like saying the Dallas Cowboys are football.


Lolz, Tiger isn't golf?
Only the greatest golfer of our generation more correctly.
Tiger is one of those transcendent personalities like a David Beckham, Wayne Gretzky, MIcheal Jordan. People who normally wouldn't watch a sport tune in in huge numbers to see what is next. I'm an avid golfer and would most likely watch either way but the fact is golf ratings to the general public plummet when Tiger is not playing.
This equates to ratings, revenue and more money for every Pro golfer on the tour when you have a draw like Tiger in the field.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:35 PM

I couldn't disagree with this more. Tiger is one player. Yes, he's a star, yes the galleries love him and the networks do too. yes, he is arguably the best player ever (although I think Jack still has the edge), but no, he is not golf.

There are SO many good players on tour, so many players that I love to watch I can't even name them all, Phil, DJ, Bubba, Haas, Fowler, Rory, Tom Watson, Anthony Kim, Stricker, Vegas, and on and on...

Not to mention the fact that stirs has already mentioned... Tiger is such an asshole. I've been to dozens of pro tourneys, he's not the biggest asshole, but he's up there. So many other golfers speak to the galleries and are just generally more pleasant on the course. People like a winner which is why Tiger's galleries are so big.

By the way, as I type this... Tiger is butchering #3... he's checked out of this tournament mentally.


I don't think anyone is saying that golf can't exist without Tiger Woods. But golf, as it exists today, completely and entirely revolves around Tiger Woods and his successes/failures.

You do not judge the success and popularity of a sport solely by its hardcore, dedicated fans. They will be there regardless of the state of the sport. I know several people who play golf religiously that absolutely will not watch golf unless Tiger is in contention.

Tiger being in contention in this year's US Open created their highest ratings in years. I believe it was up 50% from last year. If that is not a sport revolving around one player, then I don't know what is.

Sure, the sport can and will survive without Tiger. But unless another player or two can consistently challenge records, the less hardcore fans are not going to tune in anymore.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:35 PM

That whoosh you just heard was everyone in Tiger's gallery trying to get a good view of Beau Hossler

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:37 PM

Tiger is getting his ass rolled by a high school kid. Serves the punk right for the smartass comments he made about Beau on Thursday.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:39 PM

Holy crap Fowler's pants!

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:39 PM

I never said he doesn't draw crowds, in fact I said the opposite... but he is NOT golf. It has and will go right on without him.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:42 PM

LOL at you guys assuming that I'm not an avid golfer. He's the inspiration and reason I even took the sport up. Golf would likely be dead with Tiger not in the mix. Maybe not now, because he's already changed the sport for better or worse... But to say that Tiger Woods isn't golf is CRAZY. Seriously. Go out on the streets and ask 10 random people the next time you're out and ask them the first name that comes to their mind. At least 9 of 10 would say tiger.

Don't believe me??? Then do it! Not to mention the severe drop in ratings when he's not playing. Get real. Like I said if u want to hate him you can.... But to argue proven facts and stats is just plain dumb


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