It was good to hear that Golf Channel just signed a new 10-year deal with the European Tour, because the morning telecasts are one of the things The Buzz likes best about the network, for a number of reasons:
1) Watching golf before we head to the course gets us excited to play ourselves.
2) There are a lot of great courses on tour, such as Kingsbarns in this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and next year's Scottish Open host Royal Aberdeen (above), which we wouldn’t get to see otherwise.
3) European Tour telecasts beat the heck out of the morning news shows.
4) With all the scenic bumper shots, they’re like a golf and travel channel combined!
5) We get to see a lot more of the World’s Most Interesting Golfer, Miguel Angel Jimenez.
The broadcasts have come a long way since the first one, the Dubai Desert Classic won by Fred Couples, aired in 1995, and they’re only going to get better, according to Golf Channel President Mike McCarley. “We're working on a couple of ideas where we can cover things a little differently and innovate," he told Golf.com. “The last few years we've taken a much more active role in collaborating with the European Tour on their premier events to make for better viewing in the United States. George [O'Grady, CEO of the European Tour] and I have had good conversations. They're very open.”