The Royal and Ancient have closed the door for many people in England on seeing The Open on national television. This is a national disgrace, the people have bought a TV licence but will now have to subscribe to SKY TV if they want to watch the national tournament.
The BBC golf presentation team, who give the best golfing coverage to be found, will become redundant. A sad end to anyone who enjoys the quirky quips and great knowledge of the game of Peter Alliss, the commentary team leader, Peter had this to say about the sad announcement;
“I know they (the R&A) do lots of lovely, lovely things but now when it comes down to the nitty-gritty they have dipped their hands into the money and that’s it. I don’t think there will be a golfer that won’t be bitterly disappointed at the news today.”
Lee Westwood, who is currently leading the Malaysian Open, could not believe what the R&A have done;
“I cannot believe the Open isn’t protected as one of the crown jewels, that is an absolute disgrace.”
Graeme McDowell, who is also in Kuala Lumpur right now, feels sorry for anyone who expects to see The Open on national TV;
“I feel bad for anyone sitting at home with their TV licence and who will be robbed of Peter Alliss and the boys. The coverage from 7.30am to 7.30pm at night is special.”
For certain SKY will not be transmitting The Open for 12 hours a day, like the BBC do, and also you know the Sky coverage will be constantly interrupted by advertising.
Rory McIlroy knows it is all jut about the money;
“I guess it’s just the way it’s gone, money talks, you know.”
The people of England can put down The Open in July 2016 as the last one before golf stops being one of the major sports in the country and begins a long and agonising retreat to the margins.
Sky cannot be trusted, down here in New Zealand they have recently stopped transmitting the Premier League football, and have also removed Golf entirely from the program, so we basically get nothing.
The Open 2015 will be at St Andrews, the last one to be televised by the BBC.
BBC AND THE OPEN, A HISTORY IN NUMBERS
60 years since The Open was first broadcast on BBC — 1955 was the 84th edition of the competition.
1969 The first Open to be shown in color, with Tony Jacklin taking the Claret Jug.
267 The lowest 72-hole score, carded by Greg Norman in 1993 — his second victory at The Open.
6 British winners since 1955 — Tony Jacklin (1969), Sandy Lyle (1985), Nick Faldo (1987, 1990 and 1992), Paul Lawrie (1999), Darren Clarke (2011) and Rory McIlroy (2014).
£12m Total winners’ prize-money in BBC era. First prize in 1955 was £1,000.
1 in 5 people in the UK watched McIlroy win in 2014.