Should you watch the Grand Slam? 

November, 21, 2006
I've gotta hand it to the good people who run the PGA Grand Slam of Golf: They really want you, the fans, to watch their tournament. The 36-hole event, which begins today and features Tiger Woods, Geoff Ogilvy, Jim Furyk and Mike Weir, will be telecast from 7-10 p.m. ET on Tuesday night and 6-10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and has been the subject of innumerable advertisements as of late. Of course, if that's not enough golf for you, you can also tune into the live webcast on beginning around 5 p.m. each of the next two days.

Sheesh, if we could only get this much exposure for regular season PGA Tour events -- or even some majors (remember not being able to watch Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson play together on Thursday morning at this year's PGA Championship because TV coverage hadn't started yet?) -- we'd be all set.

The Grand Slam tournament officials also really want us, the media, to cover the event. Not that I'm ever against a trip to beautiful Poipu Bay in Kauai, but a four-man Silly Season event that takes place during the two days preceding Thanksgiving is a tough sell, to say the least. That hasn't stopped the PR folks from lavishing golf reporters with (sort of) interesting items from the tournament in advance. So far, I've received a box of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts (you know, 'cause the event is in Hawaii; can't say I wouldn't have preferred a pineapple, though), a large poster featuring this year's competitors (actually, Tiger is shown twice, but, what the heck, he's Tiger, so why not?) and a hologram of the four players (think those old "Sportflics" baseball cards, replete with fist-pump action).

Jason Sobel | email

ESPN Senior Writer