The PGA Tour returns on Thursday at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial and although there will be no spectators in attendance, some players will be wearing microphones to give the viewers some added entertainment, but not all players are keen on the idea.
The recent charity match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who were accompanied by NFL legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, proved to be a success as we got to listen to every word the players said to each other, whilst the commentary team were able to communicate with them too.
Placing mics on PGA Tour players has been a topic of discussion for a number of years and after seeing how well it worked at The Match II, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said on Monday that the Charles Schwab Challenge will be the next event where we get an insight on what the players talk about during play.
“We’ve been talking to the Tour about it for years,” McManus said. “I think there’s probably a greater appreciation for wanting to contemporize golf coverage a little bit and I think the players are beginning to realize that they can play a real role in that and making the product a little more interesting for the viewer at home.”
As well as certain players wearing microphones, it has also been reported that there will be a tent located somewhere on the course at Colonial with a camera inside, where players can go inside and answer questions asked by the broadcast team.
We are yet to know who exactly will be wearing a microphone as live golf returns to our televisions this week, but World no.4 Justin Thomas is firmly against the idea.
"I would not wear a mic, no," Thomas told the media in a press conference. "That's not me. What I talk about with Jimmy and what I talk about with the guys in my group is none of anybody else's business, no offense."
"I mean, as close as those mics are on the tees and the greens and as close as I get to boom mics during competition anyway, I basically feel like I am mic'd up.
"I can't say some stuff that I usually say anyway, and it is not that it's bad, but no, if I want somebody to know what I say, I'll say it in a press conference, I'll say it in an interview or put it out on social media, whatever it is. But I personally [I] am not one that would care to get mic'd out there."