SBD/September 3, 2014/Media

PGA Of America, Golf Channel Panned For Primetime Ryder Cup Selection Show

Awkward banter during the Ryder Cup show did not help its appeal
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson last night announced Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson would be the final members of the team during a "spectacularly cheesy announcement show" held at NBC's "SNL" studios, according to Alan Shipnuck of GOLF.com. During the "made-for-bad-TV" hour-long show, Watson and PGA of America President Ted Bishop "bantered awkwardly on a stage" before announcing the three captain's picks. The show proved that LeBron James' "Decision" in '10 "wasn't as bad as we thought" by comparison (GOLF.com, 9/2). GOLFWEEK's Jim McCabe wrote in what was the "silliest TV decision since 'My Mother the Car' polluted our airwaves in 1965, the PGA of America and Golf Channel teamed to present a prime-time presentation of something that lacks a prime-time audience." The picks "did not really hold massive suspense." The European team "getting right to it ... and blurting out the names" of their three captain picks earlier in the day "works wonders." McCabe: "No-nonsense, let's-get-right-to-business beats the look-at-me attitude every time" (GOLFWEEK.com, 9/2).
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