The next six months will teach us how popular professional golf really is

Golf lovers are being asked a lot these days.

Getty Images

Let’s imagine it’s April 2023. You’re at the start of another exciting Masters tournament. You streamed it all day Thursday and Friday and why not? It is the pinnacle of this sport. Super Bowl golf, many will tell you, and Everyone Who matters was involved. This was a nice change of pace, as it hadn’t been in eight months.

You’ve actually been watching quite a bit of golf for the past month or so, because now there’s more golf out there than you can keep up with. There was the Players Championship in March and the WGC-Match Play and it was sprinkled among those few events of LIV Golf. But now it’s late April, LIV Golf in Australia. Or maybe Singapore. The New Orleans PGA Tour during the day and on TV at night are the LIV golfers who used to play on the PGA Tour. There are also NBA playoffs, NHL playoffs, and the start of spring in baseball. How much will he watch golf? Will do?

It has always been a difficult question for golf as a sport. How many will he see? The query is often loaded with a heavy dose of pessimism, and you may discover some of that here. The reason for this is that more is not always better. And we get more than we got in the next six months. We’re about to discover just how popular professional golf is. Not all of that can stick.


Leaf golf

In the LIV Golf season finale, optimism knows no bounds. But big challenges lie ahead

by:

Shawn Zack



Let’s imagine it’s June 2023. Dustin Johnson, the best player in the world, triumphs in Los Angeles at the 2023 US Open. He is the first golfer to win a major tournament, the third of his career. This DJ, what a golfer. Perhaps the best of his generation. But does his win at the Los Angeles Country Club put him on a date with the next LIV event, the one at Trump National in Virginia, where Johnson looks to double his success? If not, when do you tune in to the DJ show?

We can go back from 2023 for just a second until December 10, 2022. It’s Tiger Woods’ season, as Woods is back to challenge the world champion in the Bahamas, then compete alongside Rory McIlroy and against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. their fight, Under the spotlight at Pelican Golf Club, on TNT and goes up against the Heisman Cup party, which he feels is innocuous enough. College football is far away, and so is MLB. Woods and McIlroy crack jokes about being the old ranger and make Thomas and Spieth feel that way in the end, winning a 2-on-1 12-hole match.

If ever there was a time to enjoy a two-on-two fencing of golf, December 10th might be the time. It might also be a perfect rehearsal for what we’ll get in January 2024 when TGL launches the Virtual Golf League, which is played exclusively on Monday nights during prime TV hours. You can reasonably expect Speth and Thomas to participate (Thomas is represented by Excel Sports, and is An investor in the parent company, TMRW Sports). It’s clear that Woods and McIlroy will be there – this is their new baby. As an experience alone, we will discover the public’s interest in watching golf after dinner.

Good news now! It’s February and I’ve fallen in love with Joel Dahmin even more. How do you fall in love with Joel? by watching Netflix Documentary Series In the 2022 season in professional golf, which has been out for a few weeks. Vox Media Studios had unrestricted access to Dahmen and a number of professionals throughout the year, and Dahmen’s ability to Shoot 67 and chase it With Miller Lights.

If Joel plays in the Honda Classic, which takes place annually in Jupiter, Florida, you’ll follow him. He used to play it before the pandemic, when life was simpler for everyone involved. But if he doesn’t play, you may not be playing the Golf Channel once, because Honda is just a regular PGA Tour event that falls in the middle of five weeks with four mega-events out of the millions. That same week, elsewhere in Florida, LIV began its second season, asking us all: Which is more important, the first round of the LIV season, or the second round of the Honda Classic? In the latter, the world’s 82nd and 137th are competing just to make a cut and add to their bank accounts. Otherwise, they are sent packages. At LIV, well, they are well taken care of.

The Netflix show also offered a great deal of humanity to Brooks Koepka, whose opinions are easier to understand when he shares them on the sofa of his coastal home than On the podium of one of his brief press conferences. You love Koepka a little more than you did a season ago, and since he came back three times in the first 2023 event for LIV, you can tune in on Sunday afternoon, and now you can actually find LIV in your TV guide. It’s best to have that out of hand if they’re in disagreement.

All of these assumptions—all of the recent opportunities that have emerged in men’s professional golf, through thick and thin—are causing us to rethink the public’s appetite for golf. It has never been so easy to keep track of two cycles at once, occurring at the same time. But what about the three? This column said absolutely nothing about the LPGA Tour, which will make its way in and around all that was explained above. How much can we handle TV golf? And how much do we want? This site definitely hopes the amount is high. But what if we find that it isn’t?

The author welcomes your comments, concerns and any other feedback at sean.zak@golf.com.

Leave a Comment