There’s something about Japan…

I don’t know what it is, but I was flipping through channels and stopped on the Golf channel tonight to discover that they were showing a direct rebroadcast of the “Dunlop Phoenix” Tournament from Phoenix Country Club in Japan. Pictured below is Shingo Katayama, or “Cowboy Shingo”. The reason should be fairly obvious. The other reason for this particular screenshot is the scoring graphics that the broadcaster (I’m not sure who exactly this is from) employs – a circle means a birdie, dashes mean par, and the triangle designates a bogey.


Now, most of the time that a network will pick up a foreign based broadcast, they’ll usually borrow some of the graphics (for example, I’ve seen standard Sky Sports graphics before, also graphics from the old Fox Footy Channel, Networks Nine and Ten when the AFL was showing, plus Sky Sport NZ from the rugby), but they usually don’t pick up the full graphics. This time, we have the Golf channel managing to pick up the broadcast schedule for the remaining rounds (the commentator even mentioned that if you could read that you can ignore it as that is the schedule for Japanese viewers).


Something that I’ve read Peter in Japan discuss is his affinity for the “Navi” system – otherwise known as the Navigation system. This continues into the TV world, as we have the NEC Shot Navi plotting a straight line between Tiger’s current lie and the hole, along with the fact that he is approximately 234 yards away from said hole.


Of course, the main reason that this has made it to our screens is the fact that Tiger is competing in it (the Australian Open is nowhere to be seen on US screens incidentally). The rebroadcast here ends in the same way as it did in Japan however, a picture of Tiger ready to take a shot, and the graphic declaring the End of the Second Round.

According to the schedule above, the 3rd round should be airing right now in Japan, but we won’t see it until sometime tomorrow; the live event that is being covered is the UBS Open in Hong Kong, and that doesn’t start until the top of the hour…