American professional golfer Fred Couples, who won 64 professional tournaments, including the 1992 Masters Tournament, recently commented on LIV golf’s broadcast quality.
Fred revealed that he saw the league’s television broadcast on the CW. He rated its quality as ‘bad’.
“I turned it on three times. It was so bad, I couldn’t even watch anyone that I liked. They don’t show them…Who won the last one? I don’t even know.”
Since the induction of the LIV Golf league, the world of professional golf has been in splits. Veterans such as Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and many others joined the league after they lured them with lucrative money.
Fred Couples, a World Golf Hall of Famer, has been reluctant about LIV Golf since its launch. He even criticized the league for offering Mickelson a whopping $200 million at the age of 52.
The first of 14 LIV Golf tournaments will be televised on the CW network this year as part of a new contract announced in January.
Fred Couples’ life and career
Born on October 3, 1959, in Seattle, Washington, Fred Couples started playing golf when he was quite young. In 1977, he graduated from O’Dea High School and was later selected to the University of Houston.
Fred has won a total of 64 tournaments, out of which 15 were on the PGA Tour. He was ranked number 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings in 1992 for 16 weeks.
At the 1983 Kemper Open, Fred Couples secured his first win on the PGA Tour. He also competed in five consecutive Ryder Cups for the United States from 1989 to 1997.
Couples was nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’ for his incredibly accurate and long tees. His greatest achievements include the 1992 Masters Tournament and the Players Championship wins in 1984 and 1996. He also won the PGA Championship in 1990.
LIV Golf recently claimed a massive 3 million US viewership
In the first week of March, LIV Golf took to its official Twitter account to share the whopping stats of their viewership.
“The opening #LIVGolf weekend on @TheCW generated a U.S. audience of over 3.2 million total viewers across all platforms”
The rival league of the PGA Tour said that viewership monitoring company iSpot’s analysis of the data was done while also bringing in LIV Golf and The CW digital data. From February 24 to 26, a three-day tournament was conducted.
The linear television broadcast of LIV Golf on February 25 attracted more than 1.6 million viewers. This includes out-of-home viewings including CW affiliates and Nexstar stations airing the league in significant areas.
As a result of a new rights agreement with The CW that was announced on January 19, more than 1.3 million viewers watched the league on linear television on February 26.