Matt Cooper recovered from the angst which surrounded television coverage of the PGA Championship by watching what majors were like in the good old days.
We live in a very spoilt age which expects perfect coverage of every sporting event, but the griping and whining that accompanies anything less than excellence can get very wearing (even when it is deserved). The prime golfing example? The PGA Championship last year and this.
In need of some kind of retreat from the wailing and sobbing I decided to act counter-intuitively and settled down the other night with the official DVD of the 1977 Open Championship, the famous Duel in the Sun at Turnberry, all the while imagining what the response to it on social media would have been …
There’s no such thing as the “British” Open.
Could someone provide updates? Decca warming up. #GiveItTenMinutes
As the last group plays 14, Peter Alliss: “Only three players in the field went through the turn under par today.” Amazing what they can do with a Casio calculator and a reference book these days. #SpeedyStats
Does anyone know how to watch the Open? Do I need to rent a television set from Rumbelows?
Wow, how good is this coverage? I just saw Tom Watson’s tee shot in the air. I’ve never seen that before. I always had to wait till the ball was found and they zoomed in on it.
What are you talking about? I feel travel sick every time that camera does a wobbly pan across the course. Terrible coverage.
Fair play. The 15th green just went in and out of focus. LOL. It’s useless, mate.
I know mate 🙄 To be fair they haven’t got anybody walking the course which would be a good idea!
Bet this looks good in colour. My view: my old man’s Rediffusion black and white!
There’s an American in the Open called Gaylord Burroughs. LOL.
Dear BBC, where is the coverage of Scotland’s David Ingram?! He’s finished T26th, not that you’d know it from the coverage. There’s more to this tournament than Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.
Anyone know where that ball went from Nicklaus? Clueless cameraman! I miss waking up next morning and reading all about it in the newspaper!
Did Peter Alliss really just say that?
What did he say?!?!
He said: “We’ve had two holes in one this week, but sadly neither seen on television which is a pity because the producer had a 33/1 bet that a one would be seen on television this year.”
Fix! TV and scorers landed a coup. Typical.
How can it be a fix? They didn’t show it.
I know. Fair play. But the scorers must be on it.
Alliss then added: “Not to worry, all is not too bleak because he also backed a TV hat-trick at cricket, and Mr Proctor obliged earlier this summer”. Amazing.
Told you. Fix. Shocking coverage.
Norio Suzuki dropped a hint by finishing T4th on a Japanese course that’s slightly links-like three weeks ago. And he’s blood group A.
This brown course looks terrible. It will do nothing for the game. No-one will remember this tournament. It will be the least remembered Open ever. Who would ever buy a course that looked like this? Sad.
Are they going to show any golf other than Nicklaus and Watson?!?! #Typical
I think Alliss just talked us through a replay he could see but we couldn’t.
True story. Clown. Shocking coverage.
I’m giving up. I’ll read all about it in next month’s Golf Illustrated. Best way and always will be.
Poor Clive Clark. He’s having to cover Roger Maltbie and Burroughs whilst Alliss gets to do Nicklaus and Watson. PMSL.
How much does Jack Nicklaus’ caddie look like Phil Lynott?
Who’s Phil Lynott?
Never heard of her.
It’s a band
What’s the point of the coverage if I can’t see the ball in the sky and neither can the cameraman?
Thought you were giving up?
I’m giving up now.
Nicklaus misses a short putt on 17. Bottle job.
Now he slices into a bush. Handed this to Watson. Pathetic.
They go on about him like he’s the best ever. Alliss actually just said that. Coverage is obsessed with Jack.
True mate. True.
He is the best ever. #HatersGonnaHate
Watson stiffs it from the fairway!
Nicklaus finds the green from a bush!
The last group have been one hole behind throughout the back nine. Abysmal.
Nicklaus is a spent force. Watson will win this. Mark Hayes is going to be the next superstar in golf. #JustSaying
And minimum 12 majors for Johnny Miller, mate.
Nicklaus makes birdie!!!!
He lost but he won. Sign of greatness. #JustSaying
Someone just ruined the money shot. Nicklaus and Watson embrace on the 18th green and a bloke walked across in front of the camera. #PutTheOpenOnAngliaOrATV
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