The PGA TOUR tried to make the WGC Dell Match Play more television friendly and all they did was make the early matches less watchable.
Few thing are more simple in general or more compelling in sports than “win or go home” and “one and done”. Just imagine if Michigan State’s 2016 NCAA March Madness loss wasn’t really a loss but simply a “mark against them in their pool”. What if they didn’t have to go home but had more chances to beat other teams who had won or lost? It would suck, it would be meaningless and it would not be worth watching. In other words it would be the WGC Dell Match Play.
So what if Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy or Jason Day or “heaven forbid” Phil Mickelson lost and had to go home before Saturday? That is what used to make the first few days of this tournament worth watching!
So what if the television powers that be don’t get their dream match ups on the weekend? Call the Whaaambulance! For one week of an incredibly tedious and seemingly never ending professional golf season I don’t think it’s too much to ask for some actual DRAMA on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
Now all we have is a slew of meaningless golf instead of a match or two that might actually matter. The problem is, quite frankly, the PGA TOUR. They don’t own any part and can’t control any of element of golf’s four most important events (the U. S. Open, The Masters, The British Open or The PGA Championship) so they go about the business of ruining every event they DO own, run or manage by trying to inject faux drama.
It hasn’t ever worked in the past and it didn’t work this week in Austin, TX. Pass the remote.