Since Sky created their dedicated Golf Channel, featured groups are now common in their coverage of many tournaments outwith the Majors.
Yup. It used to be online coverage for the American audience before the networks took over. Sky started showing it a few years ago on the red button but now it’s on the dedicated golf channel as they fill that.
To be fair, the tournaments, in conjunction with any TV channel that is covering the event, have “doctored” the draws for the first 2 rounds so that the big name players are featured at peak viewing times either in Europe or USA.
Obviously the draw can’t be “fixed” for the final 2 rounds but more often than not the players that are in contention have risen to the top of the leader board. TV channels then plan their coverage to focus on those players. Occasionally, if some big names are further down the field at that point, they’ll maybe devote some coverage to them as well but in the main the leaders get the limelight.