“A Bad, Bad First Impression” - Social Media Reacts To ESPN+ PGA Tour Coverage

The new PGA Tour Live experience underwhelmed a little on its 2022 debut

“A Bad, Bad First Impression” - Social Media Reacts To ESPN+ PGA Tour Coverage
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As well as being the first event of 2022, the Sentry Tournament of Champions also marked the start of the deal between the PGA Tour and ESPN+ to increase the amount of live golf coverage available to fans.

The value on offer from the PGA Tour Live streaming service has been a hot topic in past seasons, with many users complaining about the amount of ads, as well as the efficacy of the coverage itself.

However, a step in the right direction appeared to have been taken when it was announced in December last year that ESPN+ would take over the direct-to-consumer feed from NBC Sports Gold to provide live action from 35 tournaments and feature more than 4,300 hours of golf throughout the year, up from 1,100 in 2021.

Although not in operation yet, beginning at the American Express event in two weeks’ time, four live feeds will be available during tournaments, offering fans the chance to follow “featured groups”, a “marquee group”, the “main feed” or catch all the best bits from the “featured holes”. Once the network coverage begins, however, four feeds become the more customary two - featured groups and featured holes. 

Essentially, it was billed as more live golf - and non-golf - content for less money, the $6.99 monthly charge down from the $9.99 it was prior. In the long run a definite win-win for avid consumers. 

But how did its big debut go down? Well, that depends who you ask. We’ve put together some of the best social media reactions below… 

First, here's what No Laying Up thought:

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This eagle-eyed viewer spotted this error. If only that's how it worked ESPN+...

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The Moana-loving @deep_fried_egg was easily won over...

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Patton Orr found the ad experience "refreshing"...

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A view not shared by Nick Thomas, who had this to say in reply to No Laying Up's earlier tweet...

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What are your thoughts of the new PGA Tour Live experience? Let us know by sending us a tweet or find us on Facebook.

Andrew Wright
Freelance News Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he decided to go freelance and now covers a variety of topics for Golf Monthly. 

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Mizuno mp32 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x