Brandt Snedeker gave a really insightful and interesting interview to Golf.com last week in which he discussed, among other things, drug testing in golf, his meltdown at Augusta, and how good he'd be if he could actually hit his driver a long way (he was 137th in driving distance last year).
I was most fascinated, though, by his comments on PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.
Finchem is a lightning rod for both criticism and praise among fans and players, but especially media but Snedeker took up for him.
"I think Finchem is probably the most underrated commissioner in sports. He gets a hard time from everybody—from the players, from the media. If you look at what he's done since he's taken over the Tour, it's phenomenal. Tiger gets all the credit, and Tim seems to get none. Tiger is a big part of it, of course, but utilizing Tiger to make the Tour better is probably Tim's biggest asset to us. So I'm a huge fan. Oh, I also like him because he envisioned the FedEx Cup. [Laughs]"
He did, however, have one piece of advice for the commish.
"Pace of play is one. We're avoiding the issue. We're playing five-and-a-half-hour rounds—for threesomes! We don't give the rules officials enough power, enough strength to say, 'Hey, there's somebody playing slow this week. I know there is. And I have the power to give them a penalty.' And that penalty needs to be a one-shot penalty, not a timing and a fine. You start giving guys a one-shot penalty, trust me, they're going to figure it out. I understand our courses are tough—blah, blah, blah. I think there's a way to solve it."
I love the "blah, blah, blah" part. Classic rhetoric for the uber-fast-paced Snedeker.
He's right though -- I think most fans don't notice it on TV because cameras can cut from shot to shot but it's excruciating for fans at the event and doesn't make for a good experience.
They'll figure it out soon enough when fans start bailing to watch on TV and the PGA Tour starts losing that revenue.