In fact my 3 out of 10 includes 2 bonus points for the wonderful commentary and anecdotes of Peter Alliss, I have a book of his on the history of The Open, that’s my book jacket on the left but more on that later.
The camerawork is poor, failing to follow balls in the air, frequently having no idea where balls have landed and by way of apology panning across the green / fairway in the hope that somebody may spot it. Well, without an outdoor size mega TV screen with hi def we the viewers have no chance!
This from yesterday’s Mail by way of example …
It’s not great for the BBC – faced with Sky and their superior golf production challenging for Open rights from 2016 – that their cameraman on the second hole missed one of the shots of the tournament as Sergio Garcia holed with his second for an eagle two.
Fifteen minutes later, BBC finally showed a replay from behind of Garcia hitting the ball, but lost sight of its progress to the pin.
The captions or the lack thereof, are rubbish! Frequently wrong, “eagle putt” it says, no it wasn’t, it was for birdie, “4th shot” it says, no it wasn’t etc. etc.
And as for that ridiculous round detail where 18 holes are simply listed left to right without spaces, the player’s scores underneath is not only difficult to read but is shown for such a short space of time to allow any logical analysis impossible.
Fortunately we won’t be needing frequent views of today’s leaderboard to know who’s sitting atop, the current production team seem to think that we are all sat with laptops or tablets zeroed in to The Open website (which we were on Thursday and Friday.)
In today’s world where we the TV viewers are accustomed to first class productions (rugby, cricket, tennis, football, cycling etc.) this performance by the BBC is substantially below par and they should definitely miss the cut if the Mail are correct that broadcast rights are up for review shortly.
We were on holiday at my wife’s grandfather’s place in the late ’80s, (perhaps The Open was on?) I noticed the book amongst the many on the shelves and started reading it, he very kindly gave it to me.
Published in 1984, it has a chapter dedicated to each year, is full of facts and figures of the events and always by my side when I watch a current Open!
Earlier in the week, documentaries where aired on the history of The Open, the role of The Royal & Ancient and various other Open golf subjects, one of the more interesting to me was one on Gary Player.
Player of course won The Open in ’59 , ’68 and ’74.
Gary tells us that when walking up the final fairway at Lytham in 1984 with his ball in the middle of the fairway and a five or six shot lead he looked over at Rabbit his caddie and asked if he thought he could win it from here?
Rabbit replied “Ray Charles could win it from here.”
I was also unaware that Gary was the first of the ‘moderns’ to complete the Grand Slam (when he won the US in ’65) Can you hazard a guess at who the first 2 were?
When discussing this in company on perhaps Thursday one of our older mates reminded us of an interview he heard on the then Springbok radio where Gary being interviewed after one of his victories in the States started by saying “I’d like to thank God and General Tyre” (General Tyre were his sponsors at the time!)
That’s enough for now, I’m looking forward to Rory’s later march to victory.