Everyone is a critic of NBC television coverage of the 2022 US Open

When it comes to watching professional golf tournaments on TV, everyone is critical.

This is a double for adults. On a wild Saturday with a bunch of leaderboards, Tommy Roy, NBC’s main golf producer, faced a difficult task to show the evolution of the drama. Where was the Keegan Bradley area boy? Why was the last band, with Collin Morikawa sputtering, a ghost? How many “Playing Through” ads could we see?

Complaints on social media have been plentiful, and we will get there, but first some praise should be lost. Watching the first morning broadcast about six hours before the end of the last group provided a great picture as analyst Arron Oberholser explained the risk-reward challenge of the T-shirt shot at 18 with the help of Justin Leonard at the kiosk. About 10 hours later, defending champion Jon Rahm drove to the left-wing Fairway, where Oberholser warned spectators and slapped his lips with his second shot, eventually doubled and wasting his lead. If you were watching this section, you were prepared for the destruction of the 18th Rahm hole.

Another feature was a section with former analyst John Wood, who took viewers to his yardage book and explained the details of how to prepare a caddy to help his player that the average viewer probably did not know. No Laying Up also pointed it out on social media.

Wood also proved to be a good soldier and helped the spectators understand how a cool day turned into a fast and steady test that led to an increase in results in the afternoon.

“I’m 220 yards from this green and I could hear this ball bouncing as if I were standing next to it,” he said. “These [greens] they are getting stronger “.

Another thing that stands out: the 4D repetitions. It’s sponsored content, but these graphics are a major upgrade from the days of CBS ‘Peter Kostis and Minolta Biz Hub Swing Vision, though I’d like Kostis to tear down NBC’s Paul Azinger every day. It seems that the nerds out there could really learn something by watching the best players in the world through this technology.

Okay, I promised a collection of some of the most scathing social media reviews for the broadcast and the reactions came fast and furious in real time. Golf News Net’s Ryan Ballengee described the feud between the fans and the viewing experience in a few words in his tweet.

I’m going for an edge here, but I’m almost certain that the ‘market research’ that deepfriedegg refers to below does not exist.

There have been many complaints that various players joined the Witness protection program during the TV broadcast from time to time and did not see them for a long time, including this tweet from Josh Babbitt, who wondered what happened to Bradley.

This tweet from DJ Piehowski of No Laying Up made me laugh. NBC likes to advertise how each player looks on the court, because if they won a place on the court, it’s worth showing. Piehowski threw a playful shot at too many commercials (in his defense, NBC spends a lot of money on royalties and has to pay the bills) and I can confirm that Mike Tirico did not actually say that… but, oh if he did it!

No Laying Up could not be blamed for accumulating multiple tweets, but that does not mean the downloads are wrong.

Last but not least, Geoff Shackelford could not help but point out that the commercials did not slow down as the television broadcast reached its peak.

The good news is that Golf Twitter can breathe a sigh of relief: the last hour of Sunday’s show is ad-free thanks to the good people at Rolex. There is still one round ahead of us and with a tight, star-studded leaderboard, it is certain that we will have a Sunday drama. And maybe free golf: every tournament held at The Country Club has been settled in the playoffs. Enjoy the final round starting at 9 a.m. ET on Peacock, going to the US Network at 10 and finally on NBC at 12 ET. Let’s have a day.

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