PGA hurrying hard on curling's heels
One of the things that makes curling such a television hit in this country is the miking of players. Getting to hear every bit of strategy, every grunt, every wheeze is something no other sport can offer.
Okay, we could do without the wheezing, though Ed Werenich's retirement pretty much took care of that.
Anyway, the PGA is looking at doing the same thing for golf, which could certainly use the injection of colour that miking caddies would add to basically a beige-on-beige game. After Phil Mickelson's overheard conversation with his caddie at the Doral tournament produced some great stuff, the PGA decided to explore the possibility of doing more.
At next weekend's Houston Open, the PGA and NBC will experiment by putting microphones on some caddies. None of this will be heard by the unwashed masses, at least not until the PGA and NBC determine how much is a) interesting and b) suitable for tender ears.
So why are the PGA and NBC pursuing this? It would be a great attraction on those tournaments Tiger Woods sits out. It might even encourage some people to watch.