Thursday, July 30, 2009

Major confusion in the golf world

If you are an avid golf fan and follow the various professional tours (for our purposes PGA, LPGA, Senior and European), then you are surely aware that July is “Major Month.” Here’s the facts so far.

U.S. Women’s Open July 9-12
Won by Eun-Hee Ji with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to avoid a playoff with Candie Kung.

British Open July 16-19
Won by Stewart Cink in a four-hole playoff over 59-year old Tom Watson after Watson had bogeyed the 72nd hole.

British Senior Open July 23-26
Won by Loren Roberts with a birdie on the third playoff hole over Fred Funk who was eliminated on the first and Mark McNulty

Women’s British Open July 30 – Aug 2
U.S. Senior Open July 30 – Aug 2

Now there are a couple of situations to be considered this weekend. First and foremost the U.S. Senior Open will be the second major championship for the seniors in as many weeks. Add to this fact that they are on separate continents. Second, there are two major championships occurring on same weekend. Do the governing bodies of these championships not talk to each other? One event will surely draw away from the other although who will do what to whom is yet to be determined.

For those of us who are avid golf fans we want to enjoy each of these majors separately. We want to view them as separate entities.

And finally here’s the television schedule for two majors this weekend so you can set your DVR’s, TIVO’s, VCR’s or whatever.

Women’s British Open
Thurs. & Fri. … 10am-12PM ET on TNT
Sat. …1:30 – 3:00 PM on ABC
Sun. … 1-3 PM on ABC

U.S. Senior Open
Thurs. & Fri. … 1-5 PM on ESPN
Sat. & Sun. … 3-6 PM on NBC

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