So Cheesy

19 06 2017

Erin, Wisconsin

The U.S. Open this weekend was a really odd one to watch.  It was a combination of the fact that Erin Hills is a very rare Scottish-style treeless course in the United States in general and in a part of the country where one expects to see trees in particular, and the fact that, at least the weekend coverage, Fox over-the-air had it.  And, to square the circle with this being a U.S. Open in Wisconsin, Fox brought along all their cheesy sports broadcast bits to their golf coverage, including the artificial orange tracker for long and medium shots, the tracker they first introduced about twenty years ago for NHL coverage.  Also, since it was Fox, it meant Joe Buck anchoring, and that felt a little out of sort.

One more thing:  7741 yards.  Wowzee.  The only time I’ve ever heard of courses that long are high altitude ones, to compensate for the thinner air resulting in longer drives, ceteris paribus.  But Wisconsin is not high altitude.  Yet and still, the winner finished at -16, and there were a total of six golfers who were at least -10.  And both the fairways and greens were rather wide, meaning that perfect accuracy on what needed to be long drives and long-ish medium drives was not paramount.  That tells me the greens were relatively easy.

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19 06 2017
hondo

Its not a sport.

It's your dime, spill it. And also...NO TROLLS ALLOWED~!

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