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    US Open Tee Times - Stellar Groups

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    I see they have done the tee times for the US Open and as per usual they put stellar players in the same groups together - itís purely for television viewers so they can just focus on 3/4 groups throughout the whole coverage

    But isnít it time for that to stop - especially in Majors ( US ones specially ) , maybe itís time that the viewing public get to see a lot more of the field than just the normal 8/9 players week in week out

    Should they stop manufacturing the draws to get the stellar players together and go for pure random draws which then forces the telly companies to widen the coverage they show
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    Re: US Open Tee Times - Stellar Groups

    For majors I think it should just be drawn out of a hat, and thus have random groups. As, one way or another, everyone there has earned the right to be their, they should get equal treatment.

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    Re: US Open Tee Times - Stellar Groups

    Happy with the way it is. TV companies happy with it too, especially PGA live who do 2 featured groups a day.

    People don't want to tune in and watch guys they have never heard off.


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    Re: US Open Tee Times - Stellar Groups

    Needs to be randomised. I want to see Rory and Tiger together on Sunday afternoon not Thursday morning.
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    Re: US Open Tee Times - Stellar Groups

    Quote Originally Posted by Dasit View Post
    People don't want to tune in and watch guys they have never heard off.


    Woods, Mcilroy, DJ, Spieth, that is what gets people tuning in on a Thursday and Friday
    This is the reality. As hard core golf fans we may think differently but it is the big names that people generally tune in for. Other golfers will get coverage by scoring well. Over to them.
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    Re: US Open Tee Times - Stellar Groups

    Quote Originally Posted by Dasit View Post

    People don't want to tune in and watch guys they have never heard of
    With the exception of the US PGA which has reserved places for club pros, pretty much most golf fans will have heard of those playing in the Majors. Only a small number of unknowns get in and it would be pretty special for them to be randomly paired up with the superstars.

    Random draws please

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    Re: US Open Tee Times - Stellar Groups

    Not sure why you've singled out the US majors, The Open is equally culpable for this. Opening tee shot hit by a retiring legend, major winners paired together and never at the start or back of the field etc

    I personally dont have a problem with it. Just because Rory, Woods and Spieth play in different groups, it wouldnt mean we would see any less of them.

    If Rory was playing with Michael Herbert and Michael Block, we certainly wouldnt be seeing any more of their shots other than ones so good that we would see them anyway. We'd just see a bit more of them standing on a tee box or a green than we would usually. All it would mean is more investment required from TV companies to make sure theyre covering every group with a big player in which wouldnt happen and the quality of the broadcast would reduce

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    Re: US Open Tee Times - Stellar Groups

    Quote Originally Posted by drive4show View Post
    With the exception of the US PGA which has reserved places for club pros, pretty much most golf fans will have heard of those playing in the Majors. Only a small number of unknowns get in and it would be pretty special for them to be randomly paired up with the superstars.

    Random draws please
    I follow US Golf quite closely, certainly more than the average golfer and there's about 50 in the field I've never heard of this year, far more than a 'small number of unknowns'.

    Just asked a guy at work, very good club golfer but only watches majors - he had heard of less than half (71)

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    Re: US Open Tee Times - Stellar Groups

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDiablo View Post
    If Rory was playing with Michael Herbert and Michael Block, we certainly wouldnt be seeing any more of their shots other than ones so good that we would see them anyway. We'd just see a bit more of them standing on a tee box or a green than we would usually. All it would mean is more investment required from TV companies to make sure theyre covering every group with a big player in which wouldnt happen and the quality of the broadcast would reduce
    I was thinking random but the point you make here is spot on, not that I had thought of it before reading your reply. So why bother really with random from a tv point of view.

    The difference it would make on the course, would be for the better, saw it at wentworth, where certain groups have almost no one following and some have masses and you can barely see the players. Did also see where someone is making a move, the mobile tv crews go charging to, to film.
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    Re: US Open Tee Times - Stellar Groups

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDiablo View Post
    I follow US Golf quite closely, certainly more than the average golfer and there's about 50 in the field I've never heard of this year, far more than a 'small number of unknowns'.

    Just asked a guy at work, very good club golfer but only watches majors - he had heard of less than half (71)
    I don't follow golf all that closely these days but I've certainly heard of most of the field. I would much rather see Billy Joe Redneck III paired up with McIlroy than with John Hootinanhollerin Jnr.

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