One of the many talking points (debates) heading into the PGA Tour’s restart has been mic’ing up players. Without fans in attendance for the first four events on the new-look schedule, and with it overall just being an interesting idea, it seemed like a prime opportunity for the Tour and its players to test some things out.
During last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, the Tour’s first event in over three months, Jim Nantz suggested that most players were unwilling to wear a mic during play. Justin Thomas was one of the big names that openly said that he’d never agree to being mic’d up during a round, while Rickie Fowler was the lone player to be featured as a player wearing a mic.
Brooks Koepka on the other hand, a guy that never sugarcoats anything with the media, had perhaps the best response to the whole mic’d up situation on Thursday following his opening round 67 at the RBC Heritage.
Koepka pointed out that there’s constantly a boom mic following players and thinks that if announcers want people to hear them then they just need to do a little less talking and a lot more listening.
“I don’t understand why they want us to wear a mic when there’s a boom mic that stands ten feet away from every shot that I hit,” Koepka said according to GOLF. “If the announcers would just shut up and listen, you could hear every word that we’re talking about. I don’t understand what the thing is.
“Half the time the lady’s holding a boom mic, and she’s listening to everything we’re saying all the way down. If they would just shut up, they could hear everything.”
Koepka’s opinion here really isn’t wrong, there are always mics out on the course following the key players in the field, which at the end of the day are the only players 99.9% of the audience actually want to hear from.