The scene is unique in the world of sports: the player is interviewed on television in the middle of the game. It happens on the European golf circuit. The journalist enters the field and asks the golfer after he has taken a shot. The unusual questionnaire is possible following a strict protocol: the interview must be agreed in advance, it can only be carried out after the first hit on a hole and the player must give his consent again at that moment by showing, for example, the thumb towards above (if the blow has been bad it can be denied). “It gives value to broadcasting,” explains José María Zamora, director of tournaments for the European circuit.
The power of television is growing. Although sometimes it runs into some limits. The US network CBS, which broadcasts for example the Augusta Masters, has proposed that golfers carry individual microphones during tournaments, so that any spectator can hear everything they say. And there the players and caddies have been planted. “We need a privacy to be able to say what we think. I know how I am on the field, ”says Jon Rahm, world number three. “I have lost count of golfers swearing or cursing. Not good. Surely you hear much worse things in basketball or football than in golf. If it's a conversation between the caddy and the player on the tee or on the fairway preparing a shot, that's fine with me, but if it's walking down the fairway or waiting on the green, we should have more leeway. I think people are not aware of how vulnerable we are because of the cameras and microphones in the field. It is difficult to be focused on what you say at all times ”, argues the Basque golfer.
The ambient microphones have already caught more than one expletive on the green, even more so now that tournaments are played without an audience or with few followers and it is reduced the noise around. American Justin Thomas was heard last January at the Sentry Tournament saying Fagot , which translates to "fag," when he missed a short putt. When the round was over he apologized, but one of his sponsors, Ralph Lauren, broke his contract with him. Thomas did not have the privilege that Tiger Woods enjoyed, whose punches were often issued with a delay of several seconds to censor a bad word.
“The problem with carrying a microphone is that the player forgets. And, furthermore, you create unnecessary stress for him, ”says Zamora. The position of the caddy is summarized by Pello Iguarán, who now carries the bag of clubs of Paraguayan golfer Fabrizio Zanotti: “People would not believe the things that are said. It would not be understood because it is very difficult to put yourself in the player's shoes, to understand that sometimes he is out of himself. Golf would become a reality show in which only the spicy would be heard, true nonsense. There are times when the player is not measured. ”
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