Tiger's motivating a whole new generation
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GM. This is Easy Pars. The golf newsletter that just says no to drama.
Here’s what we’ve got for you today:
Tiger has all his ducks in a row.
Hooray for team sports!
JT says no to drama.
Tiger’s golf sim league is going to be big.
Like really big.
To give some context, getting enough people to watch a brand-new golf league is probably the biggest hurdle a new promotion needs to get over before becoming a household name.
Even if you have what seems to be like all the money in the world, you can’t force people to watch, especially if it’s on what seems to be like a totally unrelated network.
Just ask LIV, they know what we’re talking about.
It seems like Tiger Woods just got that part of the new golf league equation figured out.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's TGL golf league will air on ESPN
— CNBC (@CNBC)
Oct 5, 2023
ESPN has just confirmed that they’ll be broadcasting Tiger’s new tech-heavy golf league on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+.
It’s not like they’ll be pushed back to “ESPN el 8” or anything like that.
We’re talking about ESPN’s prime channels.
This is great for Tiger, and most likely, for golf in general.
The main idea behind Tiger’s new league is that it will be faster-paced which will make it easier for non-golfers to watch and get behind the action.
Now all Tiger has to do is finish building his stadium and he’s got everything ready to make golf history, yet again.
Let’s make golf a team sport
The Ryder Cup was flat-out awesome.
It had everything we were hoping for.
Great golf, excitement, and even a hint of drama.
It was so awesome that we’re firm believers that team golf should be more of a thing and not just reserved for the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup.
We’re not alone in feeling this way.
The PGA of America also felt this way, and now hosts 25 satellite tours across the country including occasional best-ball and scramble events for teams consisting of 2-3 golfers.
Helllloo Team Ohio! 👋
Out of The Golf Room, they are led by Mack McConaha, @PGA!
— PGA Jr. League (@PGAJrLeague)
Oct 3, 2023
They rebranded the concept that had been brought forward by City Tour Golf, in case you were wondering.
And the better news is that NBC Sports and Golf Channel will be broadcasting more team golf for next season.
So even if we don’t get the chance to participate in a team golf event, we won’t miss out on the action.
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Justin Thomas is tired of all the drama
Golf journalist Alan Shipnuck has just released a new book called LIV And Let Die.
As you probably guessed, it's about the whole LIV and PGA Tour drama from a few months back.
And Justin Thomas doesn’t like it one bit. He stated wrote on X the following:
"I’d like to speak on behalf of a lot of Tour players and say we’re sick of @AlanShipnuck doing what he does,"
"Bring positivity and good stories to help grow the game of golf, not try and make money by bashing guys, earning zero trust, with a lot of incorrect information. Ridiculous."
To give context to JT’s comments, Alan Shipnuck has gained notoriety for having a divisive stance on most things golf related. And his opinions on LIV and about the players who joined the Saudi funded league were outspoken, to say the least.
In particular, he made notorious comments on the size of the checks they received.
Said differently, he made the most out of the drama that the new league generated.
And JT is sick of it.
Here’s one on Rory from @AlanShipnuck’s new book.
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS)
Oct 4, 2023
Good for JT to be ready to move on and look into the future of golf instead of dwelling on past drama.
Meme of the Day
How we’re all feeling about the Rory drama:
That’s all we’ve got for today. We’ll go catch up on some more post-Ryder Cup sleep.