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Golf Australia Express : Issue 41
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL that one of the four majors is not on free-to-air. The blame can be laid squarely at the feet of the Australian Government that determines what constitutes an important enough event to not be on just pay TV. Imagine the uproar if Wimbledon was not on free-to-air. THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 — Tim K, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS *Ed’s Note: We're with you Tim. So strong has the feedback been on this issue raised in Monday's OTG Express that we're planning a special issue next Thursday tackling this very topic. Keep your thoughts coming in the meantime. IT’S A BLOODY DISGRACE that we can’t see one of the four majors on free-to-air TV. No wonder we can’t attract fans, sponsors and overseas golfers to our tournaments. The game needs exposure to grow. What the hell else is on at that time of the morning anyway? — Glenn C, via email IT'S OFFICIAL! RORY MANIA is over. Last year’s results have gone to his head. He's obviously not interested in playing golf (with recent comments and playing only 1 out of 3 weeks); he does not look happy on the golf course; he’s lost the free-swinging ability and cannot play tough courses. Even my kids are asking what’s happened to him. Yes, he is only 23, but by the time he realises it, he’s going to be well and truly passed by. Thanks for the exciting but brief journey Rory, but Rickie and Jason have got our support for an exciting future rivalry.—Michael C, via email I HAVE NO INTEREST in seeing a major won with 15 or 20 under the card scores. I want to see the pro's work hard to win. Us hackers on a Saturday don't have the course set up for birdies on every hole. Sometimes a hard-earned par (or even bogey) can be great to watch.—Glenn P, via email GOLF FANS AND FOOTY fans have both been sold down the drain by corporate domination of sport—no coverage of either last weekend— it’s time for creative people to find solutions to the takeover of traditional free-to-air programs by online TV companies. It will be the Olympics next. Maybe you could run an article on how to set up a tracking satellite at home to provide the dedicated sports fans some democratic coverage. Otherwise I will have to go to my club or the pub to watch the next major. Thank goodness for OTG for the very prompt coverage after the event. —Bob T, via email
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