As a golf fan, it doesn’t get much better for golf viewing outside of a major or the Ryder Cup. The hottest players on the planet are teeing it up together for the first time this year. I’m pretty invested in Jordan Spieth at the moment. The guy just doesn’t seem to make any wrong moves, and he can flat out play and win. The tour wouldn’t stand a chance if he was a bomber- not that he is a short hitter by any means. Rory, Henrik, and Ricky are top notch guys and golfers as well. Should be a great tournament.
Greg Norman is the reason I got interested in golf way back when. You see, I was a huge Larry Bird and Boston Celtics fan. Then one night- during the playoffs (I can’t be sure of this), the TV cameras happened to show Greg Norman in Boston Garden and mentioned he also was a huge Larry Bird and Boston Celtic Fan. Bam! I’m a Greg Norman fan. Then, when I started to watch golf, my fandom was justified. He was an excellent and charismatic a player as there was on tour at the time.
Fast forward to a little less than a week ago, when I find out Greg Norman has been fired from Fox Sports. Reports are that Greg did little or no prep for the telecasts and underperformed while on-air.
It was tough for the whole staff because he wasn’t involved in the shows like a lead analyst should be,” the source said. “Maybe he thought just being Greg Norman was enough. He’s been successful in everything he’s done in business but he wasn’t good at TV. He was a team player but when the cameras turned on, he just went silent.
I honestly didn’t notice that. I thought he did fine, if unspectacular. Everyone on there was new, and it takes a while to build rapport with your on-air colleagues. I thought Jo Buck was responsible for the majority of the awkwardness of the telecast, along with one journeyman golfer-turned analyst that took little pot-shots at Greg during the telecast. I expected they all would grow into their roles. Was Greg not open to criticism or suggestions from his bosses? It seems he was also caught off guard by the firing.
I put a lot into my role this past year and really enjoyed the time I spent with the commentary team, I have a long history with FOX and wish them well on their journey showcasing USGA Championships. I also want to thank David Hill (former Head of FOX Sports) and the USGA for believing in me and instilling their vote of confidence in me from the outset.
Anyway, I’m slightly disappointed with all this. I was looking forward to the maturation of their on-air team, as I enjoy a good golf broadcast. Curious to see who they bring in, and how the telecast comes off.