No viewers for Pebble; All Woods, no Weir; Feature interview

USA Today reinforces my opinion that golf fans are tired of seeing Glen Frey, endless shots of Bill Murray and Andy Garcia that CBS showed over the weekend. On Saturday you hardly saw Mike Weir, though he was leading. Instead, we were handed more shots of the fantastic Carmel coastline and interviews with country singers and hacks hitting hozzle rockets.
Apparently everyone was tired of it after three days and tuned out on Sunday, as Aaron Oberholser backed his way into his first win. Here are the grim stats, as per USA Today:

PGA Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Sunday, 32.5 (1.9
CBS Down 40.5% from last year’s fourth-round
Grinding, no-name winner Arron Oberholser simply doesn’t have the star power of last year’s champion, the always ratings-friendly Phil Mickelson.
Rival Olympics programming puts final nail in big ratings drop.

Apparently no one cares that Mike Weir is playing well and has won the tournament at Riviera twice in the past. That’s because all the coverage is about Tiger and his strong start to the year. Even with Ernie Els in the field, everyone should be worried. That’s because Tiger says he’s not quite on his game and can still ramp it up.

“I just haven’t played my best golf at the right time,” Woods said
Wednesday. “I’ve played some good golf, but not my best stuff. And this track,
you’ve got to hit the ball well. You just can’t get away with hitting it poorly
around here and expect to win.”

Interestingly, despite his knee injury and his creeping age, Els says he will continue to play all over the world. Except Canada. Well, he didn’t say that, but we know he won’t be in Hamilton in September. That’s a given.

You can read all of Doug Ferguson’s story here.

Oh, and there’s an interesting feature interview with…. drum roll please… me., a fine site that offers Canadian golfers deals on green fees, is running a couple of blogs, and one has a short interview with your humble author. I don’t say anything too outrageous (no overly bold quotes — but you do get two lists of great golf courses!), but you might enjoy it nonetheless.

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