Great gets by Fox Sports in landing Brad Faxon and former USGA Executive Director David Fay for their USGA event coverage starting in 2015. Faxon, who worked for NBC briefly, mysteriously was not renewed, then surfaced as an excellent studio commentator for Golf Channel over the last year, adds a strong voice to the Fox's studio team while Fay will reprise his former role on USGA telecasts as a rules analyst.
The full press release minus the boilerplate stuff about Fox Sports:
FOX SPORTS TEES UP FAXON & FAY FOR 2015 USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE TEAM
New York -- FOX Sports announced today the addition of more firepower to its already potent 2015 USGA Championships arsenal with the hiring of eight-time PGA TOUR winner Brad Faxon and former USGA executive director David Fay as analysts alongside host Joe Buck, analyst Greg Norman and reporter/host Holly Sonders.
Faxon serves as lead studio analyst and hole announcer, while Fay contributes as rules analyst. The announcement was made today by John Entz, Executive Vice President, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports, and Mark Loomis, Coordinating Golf Producer, FOX Sports.
“Long-known for his smooth putting stroke, Brad's transition to broadcasting has been just as easy,” Loomis said. “He still has great relationships with, and knowledge of, today's Tour players, and that insight will prove invaluable to our telecasts. David has been synonymous with the USGA, its Championships and history for decades, so adding him to our team was a no-brainer."
Faxon is a 29-year PGA TOUR veteran and winner of the 1993 Australian Open and 2005 Buick Championship. He represented the United States on two Ryder Cup teams, was one of the most successful players on the PGA TOUR in the 1990s and ranks 50th on the PGA TOUR Career Money List. Faxon also led the Tour in putting average in 1996, 1999, and 2000. In 2010, Faxon began working as a commentator for NBC’s golf coverage, rapidly establishing himself as an entertaining and well-informed analyst.
Fay retired from the USGA in December 2010 after 21 years as its executive director. After his appointment in 1989, Fay quickly became one of the game’s foremost leaders during its boom at the turn of the century. Renowned for his encyclopedic understanding of the Rules of Golf, the former caddie functioned as a rules expert for NBC’s U.S. Open broadcasts. Also serving as chairman of the World Golf Foundation in 2008, Fay championed the effort throughout his career to bring the U.S. Open to public courses and established the “For the Good of the Game” grant program.