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PGA Tour to experiment with in-round player interviews

The PGA Tour will begin experimenting with players giving in-round interviews in an attempt to further connect with TV viewers.

It will be tried out at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii this week but it is up to players whether or not to take part.

PGA Tour officials have conceded such interviews are unlikely to happen in tense final rounds going forward.

“If they do end up having them, my advice would be to have someone who has played on tour to do it, to be a little sensitive of the questions and the timing of the interview,” PGA Tour player Marc Leishman said.

“But anything where you can be more accessible to the viewers is a good thing. We want to bring more people to the game. It might be a way to give more insight to what we’re thinking at the time.”

Rory McIlroy won’t be taking part though. “I’ve been approached in Europe because they’ve done it for a couple of years,” he said. “And I’ve said ‘no’ every single time.”