While NBC was following the action at the top of the leaderboard, Brandt Packer and his crew were tracking play on the “Bear Trap,” the watery three-hole stretch from Nos. 15-17 at the PGA National Champion Course.
Brandel Chamblee only works live golf once or twice a year. Chamblee is at his best in the studio, but his experience with players and instructors at Pebble Beach was a reminder of the value of onsite reporting.
As Jordan Spieth discussed an approach shot Saturday with caddie Michael Greller, NBC’s microphones picked up the exchange for 71 seconds -- but we only heard the first 13 seconds before an NBC anchor spoke over them.
The second season of “In Play,” Jimmy Roberts' magazine show that airs on Golf Channel, starts at 10 p.m. EST Monday. The monthly show has been lengthened from 30 to 60 minutes, giving Roberts the opportunity to do the kind of expansive storytelling that he most enjoys.
With the celebrity factor, coverage of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am can be one of the toughest events to watch on TV. That got our Martin Kaufmann thinking about the worst days of televised golf on the PGA Tour calendar.
As Patrick Reed coasted in the American desert while Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson came up short in the Arabian desert, it was easy to lament a lack of drama. One NFL interview made golf more appreciable.
Graphically, this was some of the strongest work I’ve seen from Golf Channel/NBC, even better than some of its recent work at majors. An excellent illustration showed the Plantation Course’s 440 feet of elevation change from the high point, the 17th tee, to the low point, the second green. I love the Pinpoint animation showing driving and approach distances, but as usual, it was wildly underutilized.