Tuesday, August 2, 2011

WGC-Bridgestone to feature many intriguing pairings

Like any professional sport or business, the PGA Tour is all about bringing in the money. One way to bring added attention and to get better ratings is to have a good selection of pairings during tournaments. It seems over the past few years, and especially 2011, the tour has put a focus on creating many viewer friendly pairings. This week at the WGC-Bridgestone is no different, and it's very obvious to tell they are handpicking the pairings.

Tiger Woods / Darren Clarke
Rickie Fowler / Matteo Manassero
Luke Donald / Charl Schwartzel
Graeme McDowell / Lee Westwood
Rory McILroy / Hunter Mahan
Phil Mickelson / Jason Day
Martin Kaymer / Bubba Watson
Nick Watney / Steve Stricker
Matt Kuchar / Ryo Ishikawa
Adam Scott / Dustin Johnson
Sergio Garcia / Retief Goosen

Tiger with Rory, Tiger with Phil, or Tiger with Adam Scott because of the caddie drama would have given them even bigger ratings, but either way, they made some good choices. It's almost a guarantee that this week will see the highest television ratings of the year besides the Majors, especially if Woods is in contention.