I'll also chime in on the revived topic and poll here.
I regretfully voted "No". If I catch it when it is on I will always watch it, but I don't follow it at all like I do the PGA. I mostly just wanna see a couple (Couples being the main one) of guys (the ones at the top) .
The only Champion Tour event I follow is when it is in town, like this past weekend. I've followed the PGA Tour when they played the Buick Open there and it's nice to see others play the same course. Now that it is over and Jim Furyk won, (yawn)
This is fair, and is borne out in results I think, maybe just anecdotes. I know I've been scolded in the past for talking about how something feels scummy to me, so I have been trying not to go down that road. Preferred lies (or lift clean and place) has always rubbed me the wrong way. Last week I watch Hovland get to line up a putt....from the fringe, which really hit me hard so when I saw this article, I had to post and get opinions.
I think you've told me this in the past on something (probably slow play/amount of time per shot), and I really couldn't come up with anything. The same might be the case here.
My initial thought is to have someone else in your group, not your caddie, place the ball for you, but that brings in the problem of them intentionally lining it up incorrectly as opposed to placing it randomly.
I need to think about it more. I'm glad I posted this and have loved the feedback and other opinions.
Didn't notice the OP started this way back when,
But since it's been revived, I enjoyed watching it when it first started and still watch the events.
The really only draw back is the tour seems to be dominated year after year by the same players, but that's all good.
IMO, after a long career on the PGA Tour, many of the players probably are reluctant to continue and simply retire
to be with families.