CBS Sports channel covered a few hours at the driving range Monday, live.
Really enjoyed it. Most of the players' instructors had their trackman setup behind their players, so you could see on part of the screen how their ball speed and carry numbers were. And Bobby Clampett did a great job of describing what each player was working on, what their strengths were, body position, impact position, etc. and why they were able to generate so much accuracy and club head speed. It was like a 3-hour lesson almost. Some great interviews too with various players there on the range. It's especially neat to hear the perspectives of the amateurs and first-timers of the tournament.
And there were literally thousands of spectators at the range already on Monday. Can't imagine how many people are there for the practice rounds this week, especially following the foursome of Phil, Tiger, Couples and Thomas Pieters today.
It is definitely a spectacle rarely seen in most professional sports, at least 72 hours in advance anyway.
Checking the forecast, there looks to be some rain moving in on Wednesday, then again possibly for Saturday afternoon/evening. So the players might see soft conditions from the fairways for the opening round, and again for Sunday's round. If that holds true, that would seem to favor the longer hitters. Then again, just about every tournament does....