But in current weeks the game has undergone one thing of a disaster of confidence within the sluggish play of some main gamers.
Shortly afterwards, the European Tour introduced new protocols that would see gamers penalized with penalty strokes for sluggish play sooner or later.
“From our stand level, there have been over 1.2 million photographs that had been hit this 12 months,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan informed CNN Sport’s Patrick Snell, talking about attainable modifications to the sport.
“And you’ve got some cases the place gamers are taking an excessive amount of time. Like all the things else in our enterprise, that is one thing we’re all the time monitoring.”
He continued: “We aren’t caught in our methods. We all know that gamers everywhere in the world are watching one of the best gamers on the planet on the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour, and so they mimic their actions.
“And so, if there is a chance for us to make a optimistic contribution to the sport and proceed to raise our product, that is what we’ll do.”
A altering world
With the rising affect of social media and the world shifting at a sooner place, consideration spans are additionally arguably getting shorter.
Followers need shorter intervals between play and extra motion packed into their viewing expertise.
“If you take a look at tempo of play and also you take a look at the best way the world is altering and the requirement that all the things occur sooner than it did prior to now, it is one thing we have been taking a look at,” Monahan added.
“We have been taking a look at it since February 2019. We’re speaking to our gamers and our gamers advisory council and we’ll use this as a chance to enhance. It is not about any particular person participant.
“It is about our group placing a system in place that permits us to enhance and finally helps excite these individuals which can be going to observe and mimic the good gamers on the planet, their pre-shot routines, how they method the sport.
“However not all the things goes to be excellent and you have to establish the areas you may enhance and that is what we’re doing.”
‘Inspiring and extraordinary’
Regardless of the difficulty of sluggish play, there have been some thrilling story strains all through this season which have had viewers gripped.
And Monahan says golf as a sport is in a very good place.
“The way in which we take a look at this new schedule is we’re in a season of championships, beginning in March with the Gamers all over the Open Championship in July which then leads us into the FedEx Cup Playoffs,” Monahan mentioned.
“And so they’ve all grown. These championships proceed to thrive. And what you are seeing as we get into the season of championships and the FedEx Cup Playoffs is extra eyeballs and extra power on our sport as we proceed to attempt to play our roll to lift our sport up and go forwards.
“What a 12 months. Take into consideration every a kind of occasions I simply talked about and people champions and what they did to get there and the joy round it. You have to be feeling actually good about the place we’re heading.”