Viking Classic October 1, 2007, 5:06 am

by John Wesley
I attended the Viking Classic, and have to disagree with your comment about it being a "snooze fest", is a bit unfair. Viking is a new sponsor who is very interested in upgrading the tourney. The kids pro-am was a big hit on Tuesday, and an additional pro-am was added due to the added interest in the event this year. No, we did not have the BIG names playing, however we did have Chad Campbell as our winner. Additionally, the Viking Classic drew very good crowds, upped interest in PGA Golf, supported many charities, and had good quality professional golfers who related well to the fans, and especially the kids.
Fans got to get close to the golfers, and were not pushed and shoved down the ropes, as with the BIG tourneys. Maybe the smaller, more personal events are what some folks want! Ask the pro's, and the spectators, what they thought of the Viking. I think their response will tell our story very well.
Thanks,

FedEx Cup September 26, 2007, 2:44 pm

by Tom
I agree with Matt's post wholeheartedly! The FedEx Cup by the PGA Tour was an attempt to give golf fans everywhere a different look at professional golf competition versus the "routine" PGA tour events weekly. I pity Jeff White's perspective about the FedEx Cup - and apparently about life -
His condescending attitude should be checked at the door and allow more balanced journalism. What a hack!
Tom

Re: September 25, 2007, 7:34 pm

FedEx Cup September 25, 2007, 7:34 pm

by Matt
A minor point, but ........
The PGA has nothing to do with the FedEx Cup or any other Tour Event. The PGA conducts the Ryder Cup and the PGA Championship. The group responsible for the FedEx Cup is the PGA Tour.
It is easy to bash the FedEx Cup because it does need work. However:
Fact #1 - It produced the best fields of any four week stretch that did not include a major.
Fact #2 - It increased the income of the PGA Tour and the players that own the Tour.
Fact #3 - It increased national coverage of the PGA Tour compared to what existed before the FedEx Cup.
Fact #4 - The inaugural FedEx Cup was more popular with the public and media than the 1st US Open, or 1st British Open or 1st PGA Championship or 1st Masters.
Fact #5 - The 2007 FedEx Cup attracted the best field, created more fan interest and generated more revenue for the PGA Tour than any tournament conducted by the PGA Tour in 2007. Maybe more than any Tournament in the history of the PGA Tour.
There are things to improve, but the 2007 FedEx Cup was a major improvement for the PGA Tour, the PGA Tour's players and the PGA Tour's fans. That is why I expect fewer changes than some critics would suggest.

Fed Ex Cup on Cleveland Ohio NBC September 25, 2007, 6:00 pm

by ray
WKYC Cleveland TV station started coverage after the Cleveland base ball game. It was from a Super Final for the golf fan.
Have a Super Bowl

PGA Post Season Flop September 25, 2007, 4:53 pm

by Karl Nielsen
Normally I find the commentary on this site a little overblown and almost intentionally provocative, but Jeff White's column is pretty accurate for my money. I think he's too harsh on Steve Flesch et al., because as a 3 handicapper, I have nothing but respect for guys who play at their level -- even if they're not Tiger Woods. To call them nobodies is unfair in my opinion. I agree that the Fed Ex Cup needs to be the season closer and it needs to be revamped for sure. I also think that there should be minimum participation requirements that are more stiff than 15 events.
While I'm at it, how about a similar discussion on the inane way in which the world rankings are calculated? Always good reading though, even if I don't agree! Vive le difference! Keep the discussion going!

year-end tourneys September 25, 2007, 3:31 pm

by Randy Pote
As interest wanes, think of the charitable organizations that will be losing much-needed dollars. I worked at the Las Vegas tournament for over a decade for Southern Nevada Rotary Clubs and the money, along with the tournament will go away. Many groups will suffer. Get with it PGA!

FedEx Cup Anti-climax September 25, 2007, 2:41 pm

by Joel Jackson
Bravo and Amen to your comments on the premature climax to the 2007 golf season. What a slam to the remaining events. Although it will be interesting, maybe not exciting, who makes the top 125 and keeps or earns their card.

FedEx Championship September 25, 2007, 2:36 pm

by Frank H. Parker Ashland Massachusetts
You are right on target about when they had the series and when they should have had the series. Plus, did anyone out there think that if you have a tournament point system that Tiger wouldn't end up with the most points. He just about always makes the cut and he rarely finishes out of the top ten. The PGA needs to seriously go back to the drawing board and hopefully get it right the next time.

Play offs. Fed X September 25, 2007, 2:10 pm

by David V wal
It is realy simple ... Once the football season starts. The season is over, We get to see amazing golf for 9 months and then.. Ryder cup or Presidents cup. Ask your self if you would want to be a addvertiser or have your tournament moved to Oct. Nov, Dec. If you where the lead addvertizers. Life with out huge events make the new season and majors that much more fun and meaningful. Give the pro's a chance to be with family and do there course designing and whatever else they want to or need to do.
I don't feel sorry for any pro or us
poor T V viewers.
Have a great day and a better tomorrow.
VANDY

FedEx Cup September 25, 2007, 1:49 pm

by D Hawley
And I bet you burn extra cash too... Are you kidding? The PGA Tour has a responsibility to its traditional tour stops as well as the players, fans and communities. The "Fall-out" portion of the PGA Tour simply needs better marketing for it to flourish. Sure, it may not be as glitzy and glamorous as the Feb - Sept portion, but it's professional golf at a level that most of us morons will never experience. The Golf Channel has picked up the broadcasts for these events; believe it or not, this is more television than we have had in the past since the networks are all about pigskin, not surlyn, in the fall. I do agree that one of the majors needs to be shifted. Specifically, the PGA Championship could easily be moved to an early September date and attach it to the playoff structure. Finally, four weeks is toooooo many weeks to endure the hype of the FedEx Cup

 

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