Several college players are in the field this week at the U.S. Open, so at some point you had to figure the folks at NBC would spend some time talking about college golf. After all, with the support of the majority of college coaches, the NCAA Committee made the drastic change to use match play to decides the national champion in an attempt to make the sport more attractive to the masses.
Maybe it worked. NBC’s announce team did mention it during the telecast today.
When showing Bronson Burgoon, NBC mentioned his shot on the final hole to help Texas A&M win the NCAA title.
Johhny Miller and Gary Koch also had this exchange.
Miller: “Gary, what did you think of the NCAA going to match play at the end?”
Koch: “Well, I was a little surprised, Johnny, to be perfectly honest with you when they made the change. One team that was in the lead after 54 holes was well ahead and they end up losing in the first round of the match play. Different. Very exciting and certainly easier to keep track of then the way it usually played, that’s for sure.”
Miller: “It doesn’t necessarily show who is the best team, though.”
Koch: “Well, it shows who can play match play best.”
Looks like these two have it figured out.