The Loop

The LPGA's television bind

April 30, 2010

The good news is that the LPGA is on network television this weekend (CBS, Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 3 p.m. EDT). The bad news is that it's airing the Mojo 6, which was played two weeks ago, rather than the Tres Marias Championship.

Ordinarily, this wouldn't qualify as a negative. The LPGA needs coverage whenever it can get it. And the Mojo 6 and its raceway format is an intriguing concept. But the Tres Marias Championship is Lorena Ochoa's farewell to full-time golf and she's in contention to boot. Moreover, Michelle Wie also is in contention, as is Japan's Ai Miyazota, already a two-time winner this year and a contender for the No. 1 ranking in Ochoa's absence.

The Tres Marias would be a more attractive offering on television. Instead, it's another example of a tour that can't catch a break.

-- John Strege