Quietly, secretly at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California, the story of the golf year is happening. It is the golf story we've wanted to happen since some time around 2003, but never thought we'd get. David Duval, back in the mix of things, taking home a trophy.
That matters to me. Maybe it's because I'm a golf fan, but it matters more because I like sports more than I should, and a comeback story from a guy that was written off years ago is what we long for. It's what makes sports great.
On Friday at Pebble Beach, Duval was finishing up his second round, 9-under with three holes to go. The problem was, his round was already at the 6 p.m. ET mark for The Golf Channel, and lord forbid they run over a few minutes to give people the finishing touches on his round.
Duval made a birdie on 16 at Pebble Beach. You wouldn't know because you didn't get to see it. He followed that up with a bogey on the par-3 17th and a par on 18. That stretch of holes are as famous as it gets. It's why people pay $500 to play Pebble in the wind, and why artists sit on ledges and paint the scenic view time and time again. It is literally, and I'm not trying to get too Kelly Tilghman here, one of the most beautiful places in our country.
I complain about The Golf Channel a lot because I want it to be good. It should be good. It is where we go to watch the PGA Tour, the pinnacle of our sport, and where we can go to get news and updates and golf shows and everything. It is our golf fix headquarters. These types of moves are ridiculous, unnecessary and need changed. What is 30 more minutes of coverage to see a guy put the finishing touches on a 68, after a 67 to open?
It's David Duval. He deserves more, and we expect more. Trust me, there isn't a single person in the world screaming at their televisions for another Golf Central.