Broadcast Breakdown: News and nuggets via the flat screen

December 07, 2009
Win McMurry, PGATOUR.COM Staff

In a new feature for PGATOUR.COM, PGA TOUR Today host Win McMurry will provide news and notes from all the golf action broadcast on TV during the last week. Here's her first installment from GOLF CHANNEL's and NBC's broadcast of the Chevron World Challenge.

Win McMurry

LIP-OUTS: While players still managed to post some low rounds during the week, the greens at Sherwood Country Club certainly weren't surrendering birdies. The GOLF CHANNEL's Brandel Chamblee said after Zach Johnson's lip-out on 18 in the second round: "I've seen more lip-outs here in two days than I have all year long."

I'd have to agree ... and like Chamblee, I've watched almost every round on the PGA TOUR this year. But then again, Graeme McDowell (after firing a 65 on Saturday) said the greens were the purest greens he has putted on all year.

TRAVEL WARDROBE: In typical Ian Poulter fashion, he showed off his colorful sense of style throughout the tournament week. But did you know Poulter has traveled 28,784 miles in the last seven weeks?

According to NBC, the Englishman tweeted about how he was considering FedExing his baggage around the globe since the extra weight of his seven-week wardrobe was getting expensive...

Here was Poulter's travel itinerary as detailed by NBC on Saturday:

Orlando - Singapore (11,090 miles) Singapore - Shanghai (2,350) Shanghai - Hong Kong (754) Hong Kong - Dubai (3,690) Dubai - Shenzen, China (3,670) Shenzen - Los Angeles (7,230)

GROOVY GROOVES: One of the coolest things over the weekend occurred during the first half-hour of NBC's Saturday coverage. Noting that a blade of grass consists of 80 percent water, the network provided a slo-mo demonstration of how water was displaced through the current regulation U-grooves. Then it telestrated how the new regulation V-grooves (which go into effect Jan. 1, 2010) would not be able to displace as much water and therefore would make certain shots more difficult. ...

The 18-player field was evenly split among players playing with conforming grooves for 2010 and those who didn't. Interestingly Jim Furyk won playing with conforming grooves, while his closest competitors -- McDowell (second), Lee Westwood (T3) and Padraig Harrington (T3) -- did not play with conforming grooves.

OPENING ACTION: Dan Hicks after three televised hole-outs from the fairway in the first 15 minutes of the NBC broadcast on Sunday: "What's the slogan ... these guys are good? They're incredible today."

VACATION TIME: NBC's Jimmy Roberts filled in viewers on what some of the players would be doing during the offseason. Here are some of their holiday plans:

Camilo Villegas -- taking 5 weeks off, visiting homeland Colombia, cycling

Zach Johnson -- going on a Colorado ski trip with David Toms, Stewart Cink and their respective families

Lucas Glover -- relaxing at home in Greenville, S.C.

Jim Furyk -- taking a cruise with his family, and also coaching his son's 8-and-under basketball team at the YMCA in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Mike Weir -- going home to Canada and watching the Olympic games in Vancouver

Steve Stricker -- playing in this week's Shark Shootout

MORE STRICKER: Roberts then mentioned that Stricker said, "On the range (Sunday morning) with everyone hugging and saying goodbye, it felt like last day of school, everybody cleaning out their lockers and going home."

To which Hicks responded, "Well, was he crying?"

Roberts said, "No, not crying."

Hicks said, "He's been known to cry after a victory ... he's a sentimental, emotional guy."