Is there a subject Harry Higgs is afraid of? If that’s the case, we have but to uncover it.
Whereas chatting with Higgs, who misplaced his PGA Tour card final yr however has performed in a lot of occasions already in the course of the season on sponsor exemptions, we pitched the thought of him taking on a brand new TV station devoted solely to golf. All Harry, on a regular basis. He wasn’t averse to the idea.
Higgs will seem on Golf Channel in the course of the second Tito’s Shorties Basic at Butler Pitch and Putt in downtown Austin, Texas, on Jan. 11. Shut buddy Keith Mitchell was additionally a part of the enjoyable, together with Joel Dahmen and Beau Hossler.
And whereas the previous TCU star and present Dallas-area resident was proud of the content material the hit-and-giggle supplied, he is received grander plans for the sport’s broadcast facet, and a few worries that understandably are effervescent as the sport’s most marketable character (Tiger Woods) continues to float off slowly into the sundown.
The elevator pitch: The Tiger Woods hangover
Netflix cameraman Dan Wilson follows Harry Higgs as walks via the tunnel to the tee of the par-3 sixteenth gap in the course of the third spherical of the 2022 WM Phoenix Open. (Picture: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports activities)
Golf week: For those who had been to run a golf tv community, and are available on, you recognize you would be nice at this, what needs to be completed? Give me your two-minute elevator pitch.
Harry Higgs: I do not know if I would be nice at it. And, simply just because I get to see about 75 to 80 p.c of what goes into protecting golf, proper, whether or not that is print or tv, I do know that I don’t have an incredible understanding of the opposite, we’ll name it 25 p.c and that 25 p.c might be essentially the most important.
I learn loads of golf protection, proper? From each one of many folks in your workers to many others.
However I believe it is a part of the type of Tiger Woods hangover, if we take it in a really, very, 30-thousand-foot view, the place actually nobody needed to be any good at their jobs.
And I am not saying that folks weren’t, as a result of they had been, however actually nobody needed to be any good at their jobs throughout the golf type of panorama as a result of Tiger was enjoying, Tiger was successful and shit simply bought as a result of he was exhibiting up. We’re actually coming into an period the place that is going to occur much less and fewer, if in any respect. I am clearly rooting for it to occur as a lot because it probably can as a result of that simply helps out all people concerned.
So my type of elevator pitch would simply be, clearly, preserve doing what you are doing but in addition do not be afraid to inform the harder story or storyline.
I clearly dwell golf and every part, proper? And as for the division (with LIV Golf) and all that stuff, I do not essentially agree however I do not blame any of those guys for leaving.
However we joke backwards and forwards — they took all of the assholes. They took all of the villains. Aand that is an issue. They took a few of our greatest gamers, too. However those that have left have not put this in a spot the place it is like, oh, shit, you recognize, all the good gamers are gone and enjoying someplace else. That is not the case, however they took a number of the ones who would have tales written about them perhaps in a destructive mild with type of destructive connotations. And OK, that is type of a driving drive for folks to learn your story or for folks to show their tv on. I struggled with this.
Most of my irritation is just not with the print facet. It is with the airing of the golf event for 4 days. I get how laborious it’s to get 156-plus storylines in, but it surely simply all the time appears like we take the simple manner out, and a number of that is the Tour’s fault, too. I do know that they are beginning to have increasingly management over the product after which it is simply one other factor that is like, ‘in case you guys are no good at your jobs doing this, then like we’re gonna all be put in worse off place.’
Tales that dig a little bit deeper
Phil Mickelson and Harry Higgs Tuesday on the 2021 Northern Belief. (Picture: David Dusek/Golfweek)
GW: You carry up an incredible level about battle and villains. I nonetheless watch the New England Patriots, regardless that they are not nearly as good proper now. I hate them as a result of I am a Buffalo Payments fan and there is nonetheless a vibe that attracts me in. And it is completely different with out a few of these personalities, even when they’re destructive. You possibly can’t put a constructive spin on every part, proper?
HH: For an extended, very long time a number of the satirical voices within the recreation had been giving us shit for being a tour of sophistication acts. Sure, freaking 98 p.c of the fellows out on tour are fairly boring. Or plainly manner. However they’re actually not. They actually go dive into their boring gap the place they are not going to say any dangerous issues about anyone when the digicam goes on, or when any individual has a microphone of their hand. They’re simply not going to do it as a result of it will not serve them. So it’s actually a dedication from even us gamers to be extra open, and you recognize, let extra folks in to inform our tales.
I was a part of the social media… I can not bear in mind the title of it, I in all probability ought to bear in mind the title… however type of a committee that I used to be engaged on with a number of the different guys. Principally, if I had been in rivalry on a Sunday, and it was versus let’s simply use Rory (McIlroy) for example. Obviously, these are two very completely different personalities with two very completely different potential outcomes. If I had been to win, it adjustments my life, proper? If he had been to win, it would not actually imply an entire lot, until it is a main, and then for him, it clearly means so much. However in that, if they’ll present Rory and me for 2 hours, I may let you know the 2 issues that they’ll always harp on about me.
And apparent Rory has extra to speak about as a result of he is proven extra and he speaks extra to folks. However, you recognize, me, it is simply going to be always ‘properly, he is such a personality and, you recognize, so nice in interviews’ or no matter it could be. And it is like, properly, yeah, that is a part of me. But in addition, inform the story of how lengthy it took me to get to the tour. My 5 years in obscurity, touring everywhere in the globe. Attempting to honor my expertise and get so far after which in that, in case you’ve completed simply that little little bit of storytelling, you then have some credibility. You’ve got principally defined to the viewer how a lot my life would change with this win versus one of the best participant on the earth. How this might be a springboard. Clearly, it adjustments my life, but it surely additionally offers me some confidence in beating one of the best participant on the earth down the stretch, proper?
I simply really feel like we miss a number of stuff like that, and a part of it’s laborious as a result of if I used to be the one simply watching I do not know that I need to hear any of that. Simply present me the rattling golf, proper?
On Rory: We have him coated
Joel Dahmen and Harry Higgs take their shirts off on the sixteenth gap in the course of the closing spherical of the 2022 WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. (Picture: Mike Mulholland/Getty Photographs)
GW: Properly, it sounds such as you’re saying as an alternative of seeing you and Joel (Dahmen) together with your shirts off for the tenth time in a broadcast, it could be extra attention-grabbing to listen to about you and Keith Mitchell, who’re very completely different personalities, on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica making an attempt to determine how a lot to pay a cab driver and bonding in international territory. I believe you’ve got received a future on this. Go kick these bastards at CBS out and take over the joint.
HH: sure Precisely. I’ve heard folks say this earlier than and I do suppose I might be good at it, but it surely’s not a shoo-in. However for instance in a decade after hopefully having a profitable profession, they need me to try this, they’re gonna have to offer me a number of freedom too. And I do not know, perhaps they do not give the liberty they should give.
However we at the moment are at a degree the place all that had gone into placing this product out — and I do know it is so much — but all that had gone into placing this product out, and what the product is exhibiting us, the viewer, is just not adequate proper now. And it isn’t going to be adequate as we progress additional, yr after yr.
So yeah, we have to do a greater job and it wants to come back from, no disrespect to anyone, but it surely wants to come back from the bottom up, proper? Whoever the, you recognize, the large swinging d— producer is wants to understand that this shit is just not adequate and he must go to the expertise under and say, guys, let’s get some new concepts.
If I used to be in control of the entire thing, no thought is an excessive amount of. There is not any such factor as a silly query or a foolish thought. Give me every part you possibly can. Let’s inform these tales as a result of it doesn’t matter what the event is there’s any individual throughout the high 5 who might not find yourself successful and who would not get proven.
And if that man was to be me who would not get proven, after which I find yourself successful, the one factor they present is me enjoying the final gap, whether or not I am within the closing group or three teams in entrance after which they go proper again to the opposite guys which can be making an attempt to catch me.
Yeah, we’ll present Rory hit a shot however we’re not gonna discuss Rory once more. We’re gonna discuss this man who’s sitting within the clubhouse and who’s in all probability shaking with pleasure and delight and aid.
For me as a golf fan, and I’m a giant golf fan as properly, I need to hear that. I need to watch Rory swing, however I needn’t hear any extra about Rory. Now we have received him coated. I needn’t hear any extra about him. All people is aware of about him.
Higgs TV? Score TBD
Harry Higgs factors to the digicam in the course of the Tito’s Shorties Basic at Austin’s Butler Pitch and Putt (Picture courtesy PGA Tour Leisure)
GW: Hey, if this was a pitch to get me to offer $7.99 a month for Higgs TV or one thing, it is working.
HH: (Laughing) OK, cool. That appears like it could be, um, one of the best route — as a result of if I am charging folks then I can curse and I believe that will simply make it higher for everybody as a result of I can get my level throughout.