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Sunday, September 25th, 2016

U.S. OPEN NEEDS NEW FORMAT

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Sunday’s final round of the U.S. Open was incredible. But I couldn’t agree more with Ed Sherman from the Chicago Tribune.

“Imagine what kind of prime-time ratings NBC would have pulled in if Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate had competed in a three-hole playoff Sunday. Everyone’s adrenaline was pumping after Woods made that putt on the 18th. Nobody wanted it to end there.

But instead of a thrilling Sunday finish, the U.S. Open will go to its outdated 18-hole Monday playoff. Most of these playoffs have been lackluster affairs played during a weekday afternoon when most people are at work.”

Time for the USGA to change this format. Nothing would have been better than seeing them go at it last night.

  • dhaab

    Who the heck cares about TV ratings besides advertisers and TV execs? Sometimes tradition is more important than the almighty dollar.

    Turns out the 18 hole playoff was one of the most amazing rounds of golf in many years which, ironically included a sudden death playoff hole. If you had to work, you could have easily recorded it.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    It was indeed amazing. But I don’t know about recording an entire round of golf and watching it when you get home. Kind of hard to not find out what happened too.

  • dhaab

    Oh, it’s possible. I do it all the time.

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