Catching up on the papers this morning I see Derek Lawrenson in The Mail spoke to Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy and got their opinion on the Open Championship coverage moving from the BBC to SKY in 2017.

"I cannot believe The Open isn’t protected as one of the sporting crown jewels (meaning it is shown live on terrestrial TV)" said Westwood. "That is an absolute disgrace. I wouldn’t be playing the game if I hadn’t watched Greg Norman win The Open at Turnberry in 1986 and Sir Nick Faldo win the following year. The BBC are doing golf no favours at all by letting The Open go, and you have to question the role of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club as well. They are the guardians of the game but it seems to be money-driven."
  World number one Rory McIlroy didn't seem impressed either.
 "It’s a shame The Open is not going to be on terrestrial TV, and you do feel for all those people who can’t afford Sky," Rory said. "Of course it is a shame. It would have been nice if the two sides could have come to some sort of resolution to share the coverage."
Maybe if SKY signed Peter Alliss, showed it free to air and cut out the advertizing breaks that might make more people happy?
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