So with the news coming out about the Big Cat / Phil match coming out and that they are talking to networks regarding coverage…With both players being miked, what network would be the best for this coverage? My gut tells me it will be a CBS production and shown on Shotime…
(Via Alan Shipnuck of Golf.com)
What do we all think of this? What other 1 v 1 bouts do we want to see? Will they be mic’d up? So many questions…
Please let it be a network that allows profanity. I know Soly and others mentioned paying for the unedited audio from the US Open. This is the chance to make this happen. I want to hear all the unedited smack talk.
I’d be so much more interested if it were them actually wagering $10 million of their own money. But since there’s no chance either of them walking away with less than (conservatively) $2 million it takes the appeal away for me. It’s a Hero Challenge with 2 guys instead of 18.
That said, They could be onto something if there were some million dollar “under card” matches out in front of them. Rory vs Spieth, DJ vs JT, etc. But again, WAY more interesting if they were all wagering their own money.
Yeah, I want them to put some money on the line too.
This is pure entertainment. Of course having a view into a big time gambling match with 5 mill on the line for each would be great, but this is a pipe dream. Maybe they will each throw down a million of their own money, but it’ll go to charity regardless. In my mind this doesn’t detract from the interest of this event if they can, hopefully, find a way to have some skin in the game. Thoughts of hearing them both have intense conversations with their caddies when it actually matters would be sick. However, what is in it for them to have a grinding 18 hole match?
Assuming match play? Alternate format? Would be interesting.
Shadow Creek? TPC?
Pay them both upfront, and then let them play a $200k Nassau.
it says in the article that they are both on board to be mic’d up. and Phil talked a bit in it about how since its not an official tournament there will be smack talk and stuff you’d never hear in a normal tourney. im all in for all of that
I suppose since it’s not going to be their own $10 million on the line, all the talk and conversation will actually be better for TV. But man I’d love to see them sweat it out down the stretch if it were their own money on the line. Financially irrelevant for each of them, even at $10 million…but they absolutely would each HATE to cut that check to the other guy.
Guarantee you it’ll be a new player like Amazon or Netflix. Free to all subscribers.
Not sure what I feel about it. Part of me really wants it. The cynical part of me thinks it’s Phil making azplay for his post golf career, thinking about what Arnie did. Imagine the power he’d get if this idea took off and became a ‘thing’.
Some of the following variables need to be debated among the Illuminati on the refuge. The powers that be will definitely be listening to our opinions. How would you chose to set this up?
I think my vote would be to have Fox run the broadcast, use the Trevino/Finau duo to give a gambling history lesson, have 3-4 undercard matches going to ensure live golf shots are being shown (maybe have each match playing a different gambling format), and start out using Shadow Creek in Vegas.
Dream Broadcast Channel/Provider with perceived pros & cons:
Pay Per view - allows for profanity / no background in PPV golf
CBS - pros? familiarity? / welcome to the new age? talking over the mic’d up players
Fox - TopTracer galore / might neglect to show any shots not taken by Tiger
NBC / Golf Channel - Johnny Miller / Johnny Miller
Netflix/Amazon/Google - broader viewing audience
Potential Undercard Match-ups
Rory vs. Captain America
DJ vs. Koepka
Special Consultants for the Match
Lee Trevino and Tony Finau somehow need to be involved with commentary. Maybe a fluff piece on the game’s origins around big money matchups
Could Feherty be the MC & rules official with the main group? Allowed to make up rules as he goes?
Dream Course Venue
Rumored site is Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. I like the Vegas idea for the inaugural match.
NGLA, Shinnecock (not prepped by Mike Davis), Sebonack, Maidstone
This screams NBC/Golf Channel to me. Give me all the Johnny Miller on this one. Mike Tirico should be all over this and could provide some insight into gambling formats and the Vegas angle.
Agree this is best with an undercard or two. There will be mucho downtime if there’s only one match and it would be extremely entertaining to have a couple other matches. May I propose Poults vs. Reed?
Dream Venues? I think Shadow Creek is a good start but another venue wouldn’t have to be in the pocket of Big Infrastructure since I don’t think there would be a need for massive grandstands/concessions/facilities etc. Some grandstands sure, but I don’t see the need for big grandstands since this is a made for TV event and not a normal tournament. Doesn’t seem like the galleries would be that big.This opens up a lot of options. I’d love to see a match at a classic course that the Tour doesn’t go to.
Feherty completely unleashed could make this the event of the year outside the majors and RC!
Phil misses 12-footer to win a hole, Feherty steps in and offers “Phil, $100,000 to buy a mulligan for that putt. Tiger, $100,000 to deny him the chance.” All to charity of course.
And I’d add a Jordan vs. JT undercard as well. And Keegan vs. Jiminez would be spicy.
I think if it’s in Vegas the crowds are going to be huge and hopefully rowdy. Koepka and DJ under card would be amazing for the low key shit talking they would both do, total Bro vibe.
DJ/Koepka vs Spieth/Thomas alternate shot and Bubba vs Reed undercard
this needs to be big, like the way they hyped up McGregor v Mayweather
Phil needs to show up to the press conference in his leather jacket with a backpack full of money
Joel Dahmen vs Sung Kang - that could get spicy
Man, that’s good thinking right there!
as long as we’re all throwing out ideas for undercards how about a Romo/Curry match?