After only one event, it's way too early to judge The Golf Channel on its new venture into PGA Tour coverage. However, it has small shoes to fill and looked pretty good compared to the last few years in Hawaii with ESPN's C-team of Karl Ravech and Charlie Rymer. We'll reserve judgment until later but two things stood out from the Mercedes Championship.
If I had my way there would be a troupe of cavalry horses running though every trap and bunker on the course before a tournament started, where only a niblick could get the ball out and then but only a few yards. I have seen a number of traps and bunkers that afforded better lies and easier strokes than the fairway. This, of course, is ridiculous. C.B. MACDONALD