I’ll have to admit, after a flurry of writing during The Masters, I took ten days and cooled the jets for a little break. I was catching up on news around Professional Golf this morning and ran across a video at Golf.com that featured the Tour Confidential crew discussing the Ryder Cup and Tiger Woods from late April. Anyone who reads me at Pro Golf Now, knows match-play golf, and the Ryder Cup are near, and dear to my heart.
The discussion centers around a plan for a Tiger Woods return to action at the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in July, and being able to play his way onto Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup team in September.
I think it’s safe to say that I am probably in the minority here at home on the subject of match-play golf, and The Ryder Cup. I’m not sure that the casual golf fan will get up early in September during the start of the NFL, and College Football season to watch the Ryder Cup being televised from Scotland unless Tiger Woods is playing.
As prestigious as the Masters is, without Tiger Woods this year, it had it’s worst ratings in eight years. Even with down-home boy, Bubba Watson giving the upstart, Jordan Spieth a lesson in major championship golf on Sunday at Augusta, the ratings were still in the tank without Tiger.
Team USA Captain, Tom Watson has a formidable task in September. He was brought in for the 2014 match with one item on his agenda. Go to Scotland and bring the Cup back to the US. So if Tiger isn’t able to play his way onto the team, does Tom still put him on the team in order to put butts in front of the TV ?
Captain Tom boldly gave up one of his picks this year, saying the best players would play their way onto the team, allowing himself only three picks.
The 2014 Ryder Cup will draw world attention. Viewership and attention will not be a problem in the remainder of the world, but I think in order to garner some attention stateside, Tom Watson will need to find a way to get Tiger on the team.
With his success in Scotland, maybe even find a way to get himself on the team. After what we saw in 2009 at the Open Championship, that might not be a bad idea.