MARANA, Ariz. – At first glance, the 1-hour, 45-minute gap between the tee times of Saturday’s second and third quarterfinal matches struck some people as odd. Yes, there was some grumbling in the press tent because the move was driven by television.
But at second look, the gap made sense – for fans on the grounds and TV viewers and, of course, the PGA Tour TV partners.
There were only four matches. So if they went off in 15-minute intervals, golf wouldn’t have been on the air as long. And without the long gap, paying spectators wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see as much golf.
Then there are the TV partners. When you pay big money and then get Peter Hanson-Mark Wilson in Match 1, a rout in Match 2, Sang-moon Bae in the third and Martin Laird in the fourth, I say let television do what it can to salvage something.
Thank goodness for Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, who are heading toward a semifinal meeting. If either wins, he will be the new No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
TV can handle that storyline.