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Reactions to Fox's televised golf debut
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/15/14


On Saturday afternoon, Fox Sports debuted their televised golf coverage on Saturday afternoon, presenting the final round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout from Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida. And while your humble correspondent would normally have watched, a VIP visit at a regional airport took precedence over watching television.

Golf Digest contributor Geoff Shackelford praised David Fay's analysis of a rather ugly rules incident at the 17th hole involving Ian Poulter and Billy Horschel. But elsewhere, Shackelford took some delight in torching most of the rest of their coverage.

John Iaciofano seems to have authored the best and most detailed analysis of the ups-and-downs of Fox's maiden voyage into golf on television, grading both the announcers and the appearance. But given that Iaciofano is an attorney, his comprehensive and well-written overview perhaps should be expected.

Chicago-based writer and blogger Ed Sherman soberly acknowledged that this was a dress rehearsal and that "it's hard to make much of an assessment with a silly season event. It almost had the feel of a NFL preseason game, with no real juice or drama."

Over at Golf.com, Sports Illustrated senior editor Jeff Ritter said that "(i)t wasn't always silky smooth, but overall Fox had a nice debut. Norman and Faxon had an early tendency to talk over each other, but eventually they settled in and added some nice color to a laid-back event. My biggest gripe: They need to ditch the NFL intro music and do something new and original for golf. When I hear that music it just feels like it's time to settle in for Eagles-Cowboys."

Indeed, the awkwardly-recorded clip that somebody posted on YouTube (top) shows that Fox Sports botched the opening to their golf coverage, unwisely borrowing their NFL theme song and tooting their own horn about their new golf coverage. This writer is also a classically-trained musician and a previously published critic. And while I must say that the Fox NFL music package isn't nearly as cringe-inducing and monumentally dreadful as The Supremes' gobsmackingly bad 1968 hit "The Happening," or even Rebecca Black's "Friday," it does not belong on on their golf coverage.

At least Joe Buck was nice enough to acknowledge the late, great Frank Chirkinian by name. But while Buck then acknowledged that golf fans simply want to watch golf, Fox spent at least three-and-a-half minutes doing anything but. And Buck's ubiquitous presence on Fox Sports leads this writer to ask if we are seeing a modern-day revival of the Brent Musberger "anchor monster" phenomenon.

Those of you who watched on Saturday, please pipe in!


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ally1957 says:
you mean you don't have a video recorder. Who was the VIP. We have been caught twice (two times for those on the other side of the pond)by OBAMA's surprise visits.
12/20/14
 
ally1957 says:
Fox if Sky Right well on sky they will do anything but show golf, they wil chat for hours until the leaders go out. Be warned Golf channel and NBC coverage is far better, more entertaining, more informative and you not get the ½hr of chat when the two channels switch.
12/20/14
 
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