News & ToursSeptember 8, 2009

Too much Tiger? Says who?

CBS golf analyst Peter Kostis took a swipe at ESPN for leading its golf roundup with Tiger Woods' round of 63 that landed him in a tie for 11th.

"Stricker wins and ESPN leads with Tiger's 63 and mops up the recap with oh by the way Stricker gets it up and down for the win," Kostis wrote on Twitter. "Wow."

It should be noted that CBS Sports over the years has often been criticized by viewers and television critics for showing too much Woods, even when he's out of contention. The New York Times' Richard Sandomir, for instance, wrote at length of CBS Sports' breathless coverage of the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson pairing in the final round of the Masters this year, to the exclusion of those who actually wound up contending.

Sandomir's conclusion: "After TigerPhil faltered at the end and the course belonged to Three Live Golfers (Perry, Cabrera and Campbell), the CBS crew took a deep breath and calmed down."

The feeling here is that you can't show too much Woods, just as you could never show too much Jordan or too much Montana or too much Gretzky. Tiger shooting 63 is far more likely to get a viewer's attention than news that Steve Stricker won the tournament.

-- John Strege

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