Every Sunday night, the editorial staff of the SI Golf Group conducts an e-mail roundtable. Check in every week for the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors and join the conversation in the comments section below.
TOO LITTLE, TOO SOON
John Garrity, contributing writer, Sports Illustrated: Just one week after a thrilling conclusion to the Ryder Cup, the PGA Tour gave us Ryan Moore vs. Brendon De Jonge in what was essentially a match-play finish to the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Moore won the Vegas prize, but I was underwhelmed. Should the Tour simply take the week off after Ryder Cups?
Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: I still have a Ryder Cup hangover, and all I did was watch. Yes. We need time to deconstruct it.
Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Yeah, it was hard to care about Vegas after all the emotion of Medinah. But I loved waking up to St. Andrews.
Jim Herre, managing editor, SI Golf Group: A week off would probably be wise, but the PGA Tour was probably eager to get back to it after the PGA of America's big week in the limelight.
David Dusek, deputy editor, Golf.com: After the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup (or Presidents Cup), we need a collective time out. A let-down is inevitable. Unfortunately, with the PGA Tour's regular season starting in November in 2013, we won't get a breather next year either.
Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Ryan Moore says no, leave the schedule the way it is. He thought it was a thrilling finish.
Herre: Moore has been having a nice year. Good to see him finish one off.
Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: Only 24 guys play in the Ryder Cup. These other players, many of whom have been off for weeks, need to make a living too.
Charlie Hanger, executive editor, Golf.com: Right. I say play on. And Moore's wife has a bun in the oven. I'm sure he's quite pleased he had a home game last week. Also, the Dunhill seemed to be great fun with all the celebrities and the classic links.
Van Sickle: The highlight of the week in golf was probably the dog that ran off with Paul Casey's ball. Incredibly, there was no video footage, only several still photos. It's fun to watch the Dunhill when they play the Old Course.
Jeff Ritter, senior producer, Golf.com: The break would make sense, but with the (glaring) exception of golf editors, those with Ryder Cup hangovers already took the week off. Golf has turned into an "I Love Lucy" re-run -- it's always being played somewhere. For the non-elite pro, that's a good thing.
Dusek: Feh! The guys who played in Las Vegas had all season to "make a living."
Van Sickle: All season? A lot of them probably sat out at least three of the four FedEx Cup weeks and had no place to play. And they might not have gotten in the half-field at Akron, either. And if they weren't qualified for the PGA or British Open, they've hardly played at all the last three months.
Dusek: I get your point, and it's valid, but the audience for Fall Series events is so small that delaying it a week wouldn't diminish it. I've simply never bought into the whole marketing of the "Quest for the Card."
Van Sickle: I agree with that part, Dave. There is a small group of hard-core fans who love golf and would watch anybody play anywhere for anything. For a chunk of the audience, though, it's hard to get excited about watching a bunch of unfamiliar players. Which is often what the Fall Series is, and what Q-school always is.
Mike Walker, senior editor, Golf Magazine: No question that the die-hards will watch, but the never-ending season devalues individual tournaments. Sometimes you need to take a break.
Dusek: Scarcity creates demand.
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TIMBERLAKE IS OUT
Garrity: As one who fondly recalls the days when PGA Tour events were named for towns and celebrities, I'm saddened to hear that Justin Timberlake has been dropped as spokesmodel for the SHCO. The tournament chairman kicked the singer on his way out, suggesting that Timberlake was only there for them when cameras were present. Somebody showed a lack of class in Vegas. Was it Timberlake or the chairman?
Van Sickle: Gotta blame the chairman for squealing on J.T., if that's true. If Timberlake's name didn't fire up the public, maybe it had something to do with the tournament's promotions and marketing, which would be under the chairman's purview. What, he's going to blame himself for marketing the event poorly? Doubt it. I give Justin the benefit of the doubt here.
Dusek: The chairman. Even if Timberlake was only involved for PR reasons, what good comes of badmouthing the guy on the way out? Go ahead and badmouth Timberlake for lousy poetry all you like, but his star power gave the Las Vegas event a level of buzz it would have lacked otherwise.
Bamberger: That's his job, to smile for the cameras. Bad form, Mr. Chairman.
Hanger: I have no insight into what Timberlake did or didn't do in his role, but what did the hospital people expect? Timberlake wasn't going to volunteer four times a month, but he surely brought attention to the tourney and helped draw players and other celebrities to Vegas for the festivities. Seems short sighted to drop him. Maybe it was the poem that soured them on his cool factor.
Van Sickle: Personally, I'm disappointed Justin didn't sign up to be a Candy Striper.
Godich: That poem at the Ryder Cup was brutal. And talk about bad timing. The guy is hosting the Ryder Cup opening ceremony one week, booted from a Tour stop the next.
Shipnuck: Timberlake was the best thing to happen to that tournament in years. Maybe decades. I can't believe they let him get away.
Cameron Morfit, senior writer, Golf Magazine: It struck me as ungrateful on the part of the tournament chairman. I was pretty surprised to see that quote.
Herre: Kind of like when George Lopez got the boot from the Hope. It's bad form by the tournament. They come off as ingrates.
Van Sickle: Yeah, Vegas was pretty lucky to still have a PGA Tour stop. Without Timberlake, that event might already be gone.
Walker: It's not fair to Timberlake. I believe he's involved with golf because he has real passion for the game. The guy was in The Social Network. He brought sexy back. I can't imagine that talking with Brandel Chamblee on Golf Central is something that helps his brand.
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