‘Utter Disaster’ – Fans Outraged at CJ Cup Coverage of Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler

Published 10/17/2021, 4:19 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 1 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Rory McIlroy of Ireland in action. REUTERS/Toby Melville


At the CJ Cup this year, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler entered the final round as the top two contenders for the title. Both PGA Tour stars will be facing off in what looks like a fantastic finale, and will look to win the $1,755,000 prize.

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Unfortunately, though, fans might not be able to watch over two hours of the event live.

Yes, you read that right. An event with McIlroy and Fowler in the final round, with a $9.5 prize pool, will not be shown live for the first two hours and ten minutes. It goes without saying that fans were unhappy with the situation.

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Twitter reacts to CJ Cup final round not being covered live for two hours

When popular players are leading the leaderboard going into the final round, fans are looking forward to some impressive shots and a few entertaining hours.

However, if the event is not covered, fans are surely going to be disappointed. As the CJ Cup reaches its final round this weekend, fans expressed their irritation over the event not being shown live.

NBC and the PGA Tour, per reports, were not able to predict that they would get a pairing like Fowler and McIlroy as their top two.

It is important to note that only 78 players play in the event, with 24 of the world’s top 30 players playing at The Summit Club. Despite the odds, a high-profile pairing like Fowler and McIlroy could have been expected, especially as players like Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Collin Morikawa were also participating.

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That is golf coverage lmao,” wrote one fan, clearly mocking how the event will be covered. “They heard us saying that coverage couldn’t possibly get any worse and took it as a challenge,” wrote another. Many fans even believed it was not fair to the best golfers in the world, who would have wanted their efforts to be recognised by the fans.

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Does this affect the game’s growth?

Many added that covering an event well will also help the game grow. Over the past few years, many efforts have been made to make golf a more widely appreciated game, the Tokyo Olympics also playing its part in the same. Certain fans added that the poor golf coverage was the reason they refused to watch golf.

Oct 16, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Rickie Fowler tees off on the first during the third round of the CJ Cup golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

That being said, fans are still looking forward to the event, interested to see who wins the title. While McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this year, Fowler is yet to secure a win since his Waste Management Phoenix Open victory in 2019.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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