Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Synchronicity at the Open

Originally uploaded by BobTheCorkDwarf.
Went to the Irish Open on Sunday at Adare Manor. The weather was variable but cleared up nicely in the afternoon.
Padraig Harrington went into the last round three shots ahead and was two shots ahead teeing-off on the 17th. A bogey for Harrington and a birdie for Dredge on the 17th made them all square and that's where they stayed after 18.
The par 5 18th was chosen for the first play-off hole. Dredge hit his third shot into the bank of the river Maigue and the title was Harrington's.
It's a very different experience watching golf live and on TV. In most arena based sports the spectator and televsion viewer end up with similar experiences becuase they both see pretty much the same thing. However in Golf the TV viewer has the advantage of being transported from hole to hole instantly whereas the spectator has to either stick with a group of golfers or stick on a particular hole.
We went with a mixed approach. We followed Harrington for the first three holes and then got a great position on the 8th green to wait their arrival and watch other groups play through. We then made our way to the back nine and got a good vantage point for the 18th green.
You miss a lot of the action while on the course. The spectator can say that he was there when it happened, but the TV viewer can say he saw what happened. This I fell is the reason that golf isn't a popular spectator sport with the participant/spectator ratio being much higher than in other sports.
In the end we enjoyed our day and saw the important action in the play-off on 18.

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