Sizing up the TV coverage from The Heritage ... and away we go.
As Luke Donald and Brandt Snedeker were walking down the fairway on the third playoff hole on Sunday, CBS's Jim Nantz joked that, "If [the playoff] keeps going, there will be a 2012 Heritage."
Even though Nantz was trying to make a light moment during the middle of a heated playoff, you couldn't help but wonder if you were watching the last Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Without a tournament sponsor, there's a high likelihood that the event could be on its way out the door.
While tournament officials have been doing their part to woo prospective sponsors, both the Golf Channel and CBS tried their best to turn this week's tournament into a commercial for Hilton Head Island, as well as showing countless shots of the course and adding a kind word about the tournament's history whenever possible.
The tournament coverage even received a short cameo from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Saturday, who talked about the need to keep the tournament in South Carolina. It was a complete 180 from her previous comments about how South Carolina shouldn't foot the bill for the tournament.
The Golf Channel also got Luke Donald, Jim Furyk and other players to talk about their affinity for the tournament. Overall it was a Heritage lovefest. "It's demanding off the tee, challenging overall ... I can see why they don't want it to go away," Peter Oosterhuis noted. "It's a beautiful place."
Beautiful place? No doubt about it. But no matter how much love the networks gave the tournament this week, the Heritage still needs to find a sponsor -- something they couldn't secure during the week. Hopefully the thrilling playoff helps.
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Faldo takes on the OWGR system
A lot of people have debated that the Official World Golf Rankings need to be altered. On Sunday, Lee Westwood moved to the top of the rankings for the second time in the last couple of months, leading many to wonder how a guy without a major can be No. 1 on two separate occasions.
Golf fans aren't the only ones questioning the system. CBS golf analyst Nick Faldo also feels like things need to change, and he made that clear during Saturday's telecast.
"Well, I think it's a very interesting time to me because everyone has been quite critical of the golf rankings, " Faldo said. "Apart from Kaymer winning a major and going to number one, Lee Westwood goes to number one without winning a major, Luke could possibly go if he wins here and he doesn't have a major. I personally feel that I'd like for them to look at the points system to see ... the majors are the yardstick of our careers, and I think they need to have a little more value in points. I don't think that ten percent is enough."
The ten percent he's talking about is the OWGR weighting for the majors. Like a lot of people, Faldo views the points system as a flawed model. Plus, it's hard to disagree with a guy who owned the top spot in the world rankings for 97 weeks and has six major championships to his name.
Whether anybody decides to tweak the current system remains to be seen.
Jim Furyk's "Brian Davis" moment
One year after Jim Furyk watched Brian Davis call a penalty on himself at the Heritage, Furyk almost suffered the same fate during Sunday's final round. Standing off his ball on the 15th hole, Furyk went through his putting routine before standing behind his ball.
A second later he was backing off and asking Fluff Cowan, his caddie, and a PGA Tour rules official if his ball had moved at address. "It must have moved one dimple," Faldo said.
"And nobody knows but him," Feherty said. "Hit hit the sole of the club and was deemed to have moved."
But nobody actually knew what was going on, as CBS's crew assumed Furyk was calling a penalty on himself. Only he wasn't. He was actually pleading his case that the ball had oscillated and returned to its original spot -- something that wouldn't incur a penalty.
Even though the official agreed with Furyk, that didn't stop him from four-putting the hole, which ended an incredible streak of 265 holes without a three-putt.
Peter Kostis was actually the first person to point out the big reason why he struggled on the hole. "That must have really affected him," Kostis said of the rules discussion. "He didn't even go through his normal putting routine that time."
As soon as Kostis said that, Furyk went on to take three more stabs before the ball went in the hole. It was a great catch by CBS's on-course announcer.
- Jim Furyk
- Luke Donald