Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by Rush, Sep 6, 2018.
Shot a 29 on his front nine today, and birdied the first hole on the back........
Outstanding, golf needs him to get in the mix and really add drama to the tournaments. Love him or hate him, he brings the crowds.
he started on 10.
That approach on 16 was awesome!!
Hopefully he can string 4 good rounds together finally
was it really him? or memorex?
Here we go again ...
There was a look-a-like of him at the last tournament......hmmmmmmmmm.
Tiger has shown a tendency to fade late. I hope he can keep it together for all four rounds. It would be great for golf.
I jinxed him.......
That was hilarious, they showed that guy quite a few times during the final round coverage. People were taking pictures with him!
Golf doesn't need him. Golf doesn't need his crowds. The sponsors and broadcasters like them. That is a very different thing.
Granted that in my first post you could replace “golf” with “the PGA”. However I do feel that it has an effect at the local level. Over the last decade I have seen a number of golf courses within 100 miles close down, and others fall into significant disrepair. I saw a lot more folks golfing and a lot more fund-raising scramble tournaments for organizations from the late 90s to around 2010. Coincidence? Perhaps.
One of the problems with golf-course closures is that golf got ahead of itself when Tiger hit the scene. He put eyes on TVs, people outside the ropes, and a hell of a lot more money into most every touring pros' pocket. What he did not do was turn non-golfers into golfers, an overabundance of marginal courses in real estate developments into viable economic units, and the greatest sports marketing and retail firm in history into a golf-equipment company.
If your theory is people were playing locally because of Tiger and stopped the minute he stopped winning, then I'd argue that a temporary resurgence really does nothing for you.
If he is not converting people into lifelong participants/fans who will watch without him and play without him, then its not really doing much for "the game". Nor should he be expected to.
McIlroy is rolling too and easier for me to root for
Lots of apples, oranges and bananas comparos here, as there always is.
I would like to believe that golf proprietors learned their lesson from the last boom-bust. I also maintain that even a temporary bump would draw in some new folks that currently are not avid golfers but would choose to continue with the game after Tiger rides off into the sunset again. No need to beat this to death any further...
Well, Tiger came back to the field, and people drove this thread out of bounds.
Maybe a mod can lock this up?
But the record proves otherwise on Tiger, courses and participation. It simply does.
The biggest conduit to golf right now? TopGolf and other alt-golf iterations.
Agreed. Even if people hate Tiger as a person, there can be NO denying that Tiger brings fans out. They do not even have to be golf fans. People still wants to see Tiger. That cannot be denied. Hate him all you. want. Maybe that is what annoys the Tiger haters so much.. People still like him and want to see him play.
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