There are weeks where having the Golf Channel is both a blessing and curse. If you enjoy watching multiple events featuring Phil and Tiger at various spots around the globe, then this past week was right in your wheelhouse, as the network provided coverage of three full-field events in Orlando, Fla., Singapore and Australia.
But if your job is to report on the weekly golf events on television ... well, this probably would have been the week to call in sick. Instead of taking the time to cover one event and get questioned on why the others weren't covered, this week's column turned into a round-up of all three events.
If ever there was a week to cover three events, this was the one. With Tiger making a charge Down Under and big names climbing the leader board in Singapore and the States, it's safe to say this was the perfect time to try for the tournament-watching trifecta.
Rest easy, Golf Channel, your promotion of the Kodak Challenge paid off in the end. After spending the entire season promoting the $1 million dollar event, the network must have been smiling when Aaron Baddeley, Troy Merritt and Rickie Fowler arrived on the 17th hole for a playoff to decide the winner of the event.
Not only did the event have playoff drama, it also included a player who, just minutes before, had finished 125 on the money list - thereby securing his tour card on the number. You couldn't have scripted it any better.
The best part of the playoff, however, was the Golf Channel's Jerry Foltz asking Peter Oosterhuis if he "had a feeling" about Merritt's second shot to the 17th.
Oosterhuis, taking a page from his near-prediction of an ace at the par 4 17th at the Frys.com, said, "I have a feeling he'll get it close right here."
Merritt stuck it to 15 inches, watched as both Baddeley and Fowler missed, and then tapped the putt in for a cool million. While the event had more than enough drama, the addition of a Kodak Challenge playoff gave the Disney tour stop a much-needed boost.
It also kept viewers glued to their televisions - which is exactly what the Golf Channel wanted.