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  • Lines of Charm: Brilliant And Irreverent Quotes, Notes, And Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Lines of Charm: Brilliant And Irreverent Quotes, Notes, And Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
  • Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Golden Age of Golf Design
    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
  • The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford
Current Reading
  • The Golf Book: Twenty Years of the Players, Shots, and Moments That Changed the Game
    The Golf Book: Twenty Years of the Players, Shots, and Moments That Changed the Game
    by Chris Millard
  • The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
    The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
    by Dan Washburn
  • The Early Days of Pinehurst
    The Early Days of Pinehurst
    by Chris Buie
  • Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships
    Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships
    by Bill Fields
  • The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    by Gil Capps
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
    by Dan Jenkins
  • Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    by Geo. C. Thomas
  • The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    Treewolf Prod
  • Reminiscences Of The Links
    Reminiscences Of The Links
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast, Richard C. Wolffe, Robert S. Trebus, Stuart F. Wolffe
  • Gleanings from the Wayside
    Gleanings from the Wayside
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast
  • Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    by Darius Oliver
  • Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    by Darius Oliver
Writing And Videos

Every great golf hole possesses many natural feature which collectively make it a great hole, each dovetailing with the others without all of them there is something lacking which spoils the whole. It is not Nature’s ensemble. So why not consider the material which Nature has given us to work with to the exclusion of any attempt to distort it to a sorry imitation.




Video: Even Rory Cold Tops One Now And Then

Yep, the world No. 1 did it. So take comfort. From round two of the European Tour broadcast of the DP World Championship in Dubai:


Today In The Fight To Stop The Rio Olympic Golf Course, Files

You may recall that 23 days ago the Associated Press in Rio reported that developers of the Olympic Golf Course had five days to comply with a judge's order to move three holes of the 2016 course. This was news to the parties building the course and remains so (full disclosure, as you know I've worked with architect Gil Hanse who has had to sadly watch this war on Rio golf).

Not surprisingly, the five days passed and the judge's order never was actually published, an event that went unnoticed by reporters in Rio. Yet the Associated Press has stuck to its story that the course is being built illegally, with Jenny Barchfield and Stephen Wade reporting that prosecutors in Rio have filed a brief to stop the course construction, even as the judge has refused to do so over the many days when the very same judge had been reportedly planning to shut down the project within days (but did not despite the AP report).

Meanwhile construction has continued and is near completion. Mercifully.


U.S. Open Train Arrival Option Ruled A No-Go

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that yet another element of the experience expected at Chambers Bay for the 2015 U.S. Open (clubhouse, ampitheater, dock) has been ruled out.

This time it was the USGA not feeling secure enough about a planned rail line drop off at the course that was hoped to handle 6,000 spectators a day. Instead, all will make a 17-mile shuttle bus drive.

“We couldn’t ensure a great spectator experience based on the limited amount of people we could get on the trains,’’ said Danny Sink, USGA’s on-site championship director for the tournament, scheduled for June 15-21 at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Pierce County.

Instead, the USGA will continue with its existing plan to have 11,000 parking spaces available at its main locations in Puyallup and Lakewood, Sink said. Golf fans will then be shuttled up to 17 miles by bus to the University Place course.

The inability to get a grasp on costs was a major concern for one of golf’s four major tournaments in the world.

“This is a tournament for profit,’’ Sound Transit board member Pete von Reichbauer said. “It’s not nonprofit. They want more knowns than unknowns.’’

Sink said Sound Transit “bent over backwards for us’’ and did all they could to make the plan work during 16 months of discussions.


TopGolf Looking For 450 Of San Antonio's Best

This MySanAntonio blog item says TopGolf is looking to hire 450 People-Americans for its new San Antonio location.

The spot opens in January and at 65,000 square feet and $15 million in cost, will surely be a popular place to check out for the 2015 GCSAA Show attendees.


Common Ground? Fuzzy Once Sued Over Satire

Thanks to reader Ken for the reminder of Fuzzy Zoeller's lawsuit against Florida Today columnist Peter Kerasotis, who used satire to put words in Fuzzy's mouth. The suit came just five months after he'd made his infamous remarks about Tiger Woods at Augusta National.

Mark Hyman had the story in Sports Business Journal, though I couldn't find a follow up on how the case turned out. I'm guessing not well, since satire is alive and well.

The golfer seeks unspecified damages from the defendants, claiming the column was an invasion of privacy and has harmed his "character, reputation, friendships, emotional state and financial interests." Lawyers for Zoeller and the newspaper did not return phone calls last week.

In court documents, Kerasotis and the Florida newspaper, who have asked the court to dismiss the suit, acknowledge that the columnist didn't interview Zoeller and that the golfer never uttered the quotes attributed to him. They include observations about amateur phenom Matt Kuchar ("You talking about the kid with the Howdy Doody smile?"), veteran Gay Brewer ("What kinda name is Gay for a man?") and Mark Calcavecchia ("Maybe if he won ...we can have spaghetti and meat balls at the Champions dinner next year.")

Maybe Tiger should call Fuzzy for some legal advice?


Feherty On Tiger, Jenkins, Mean-Spirited Satire

Ryan Lavner sums up David Feherty's appearance on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday where the CBS/Golf Channel funnyman who once dubbed Monty "Mrs. Doubtfire" suggests Dan Jenkins was mean-spirited in his column. (I haven't even begun to crack open his wonderful books where skewering takes place...sentence by sentence!).

Anyway, from Lavner's report:

“I think I would be upset,” Feherty said on the “Dan Patrick Show”. “It was mean-spirited and not particularly funny.”

On Tuesday, Woods penned an impassioned response to the parody, which he described as a “grudge-fueled piece of character assassination.”

He does go on to criticize Woods for not being good at representing himself well but is otherwise very much in Tiger's camp on this one.

Lavner posts the full clip of the appearance recorded in advance of Patrick taping an appearance on Feherty, set for airing in December.


Poll: American Golf's Most Appealing Network Broadcast Team?

Now that Fox Sports has rounded out their USGA broadcast team, we have a pretty decent idea where the four networks handling major championships stand heading into 2015. (Since Golf Channel has a rotating group it's hard to include them in this poll, so we'll stick to the major networks and men's major broadcast teams for now.)

Here's the breakdown of roles as far as I can tell.

Jim Nantz (CBS)
Dan Hicks (NBC)
Mike Tirico (ESPN)
Joe Buck (Fox)

Lead Analyst/18th hole
Nick Faldo (CBS)
Johnny Miller (NBC)
Paul Azinger (ESPN)
Greg Norman (Fox)

Analyst/17th hole
Ian Baker-Finch (CBS)
Gary Koch (NBC)
Curtis Strange (ESPN)
Brad Faxon (Fox)

Analyst/16th hole
Gary McCord (CBS)
Peter Jacobsen (NBC)
Scott Van Pelt (ESPN)
Steve Flesch (Fox)

On Course Reporter (lead)
David Feherty (CBS)
Roger Maltbie (NBC)
Andy North (ESPN)
Juli Inkster (Fox)

On Course Reporter #2
Peter Kostis (CBS)
Mark Rolfing (NBC)
Dottie Pepper/Bill Kratzert/Judy Rankin (ESPN)
TBD (Fox)

Others in the bullpen/interviews/studio roles
Verne Lundquist, Peter Oosterhuis, Matt Gogel (CBS)
Jimmy Roberts, Rich Lerner, Notah Begay (NBC)
Tom Rinaldi, Peter Alliss, Tom Weiskopf, David Duval (ESPN)
Holly Sonders, Corey Pavin, David Fay (Fox)

Back-up Play-by-Play
Bill Macatee (CBS)
Terry Gannon/Rich Lerner (NBC)
Sean McDonough (ESPN)
Shane O'Donoghue (Fox)

I don't want to sway the voting with comments for now because I'm curious what you all think (my views will be determined by an authentic match play my head...that's right, Tirico v. Buck and Nantz v. Hicks should be a doozies). 

So for now, you've seen the names, you've seen their work, which group on paper looks most appealing to you? Here's the poll:

Which network's broadcast team is the most appealing? free polls


Justin Rose's Glorious Send-up Of Rory McIlroy's Gym Tweet

Rory McIlroy Tweeted a photo of his leg work in the gym (chiropractors rejoice!) and Justin Rose took the opportunity for some satire. Probably the kind more up the alley of his fellow Excel client, Tiger.

Rose's Instagrammed photo, with a hat tip to Ryan Ballengee for spotting.


"Congratulations, Tiger. You've done it. You've achieved the media equivalent of hitting the fire hydrant."

USA Today's Christine Brennan notes that a certain five-year anniversary is coming up and says for those "who have covered Tiger Woods for nearly two decades, Jenkins' piece rings very true."

And she's mystified why Woods would shine a light on something not getting much attention.

Woods' tirade is not the length of a tweet, or even a paragraph. Rather, it's a nearly 600-word pout, self-absorbed and clueless, starting out with the hope that none of us has read the fake Q-and-A – but ensuring that all of us now will.

Congratulations, Tiger. You've done it. You've achieved the media equivalent of hitting the fire hydrant. I cannot wait to see what you're planning for the 10th anniversary in November 2019.

The four-page spread that Tiger just had to tell us all about appears three pages from the very back of the golf magazine's December issue, which is just about as buried as a sports article can ever be. It was certain to go unread by 99 percent of the population – including me. I get Golf Digest and I hadn't noticed the headline, nor had I cracked open that issue, until Tiger told me to.

Bob Harig follows up with a more detailed piece on the saga and features this response from Tiger spokesman Glenn Greenspan on going public in such a big way with their views about the story.

"We understood that we would possibly draw more attention to the piece, but there are times you have to take a stand," said Glenn Greenspan, vice president of communications for Woods' ETW Corporation. "Malicious attacks and the abandonment of any journalistic standards sometimes forces that. People also forget that the magazines are already in circulation. What about them? Those won't be ignored."

I really don't know what he's talking about, but I'm sure like the decision to remind everyone to read the story, it worked in his mind.

James Corrigan in the Telegraph:

I'm sure they do encourage him, but it is not because of any voluntary behaviour on Woods's behalf. In the same magazine, Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland quarter-back, tells a story of when he was nine and Woods cruelly turned him down for an autograph. In a deserted car-park at the Dubai Desert Classic a few years ago, I watched Woods wave off a few children waiting with their pens and caps when there was nobody else, apart from myself and, of course, Steinberg, within 50 yards. When it comes to crowd interaction he is right up there with Howard Hughes.

Fair enough, that is his right. But then, it is Jenkins's right to send him up as a fallen icon. Woods's response was pathetic, the self-pitying cries of an arrogant and yes, ignorant billionaire. You couldn't have made it up, even if you tried.

Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing wonders if this is the beginning of athletes taking to The Players Tribune to respond to criticism.

What’s unique in this regard is Woods coming to Jeter’s website to issue a public response.  Woods could have easily used his own website or Twitter page or numerous other platforms to accomplish his goal here, but he chose to go to The Players’ Tribune.  The site promises that the Woods column is only the beginning of hearing from more players fighting back against the media, saying “This is the first in a series of columns we’re calling ‘Straight Up.’ It’s a place where athletes can offer their side on something that has been written or said about them.”

The Woods-Jenkins feud is going to reverberate throughout the sport as it pits the Tiger Woods of golf media versus… well, the Tiger Woods of golf.  But there may be even bigger implications if The Players’ Tribune is going to be a consistent source for athletes to sound off against members of the press and fight fire with fire in the future.

Rick Reilly, whose new book is titled Tiger Meet My Sister: And Other Things I Probably Shouldn't Have Said, chimed in too. Succinctly.


Reminder: Australian Masters Begins At Metropolitan

To whet your appetite for Wednesday’s prime time viewing on Golf Channel, which includes a Scott-Ogilvy-Ruffels pairing, here are two news items from Down Under.

Here is Bruce Young’s story on players yearning for more events at host course Metropolitan.

Brent Read in The Australian on the first day’s marque group.

Golf Channel's (eastern) airtimes:

Wednesday     9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)
Thursday         9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday              9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)


Video: Canada Goose Attacks!

Thanks to Marika Washchyshyn at for catching this America's Funniest video posted this week on YouTube. Not sure the date but the point is, don't upset a Canada goose.


Denim Wars! Dress Code Brouhaha In Boston!

Callum Borchers of The Boston Globe with the funny if it weren't so embarrassing brouhaha at Weston Golf Club, where it got heated over guests wearing jeans for a nightcap meeting in the clubhouse.

Borchers writes:

It’s unclear what kind of denim people in the group were wearing that September night, but as Stephen and Charlotte Weeple walked toward the clubhouse around 10:45 p.m, they were intercepted by club president Tom Ferry. The Weeples are not members but they and other guests were meeting Weston GC members for a nightcap in the clubhouse bar.

Ferry believed the Weeples were in violation of the dress code and used profane language to tell them jeans are not allowed on the grounds, according to a letter the couple wrote to the club’s directors.
Charlotte Weeple declined to comment, but in her letter to the board, obtained by The Boston Globe, she said she thought Ferry was joking until he called her derogatory names, igniting an animated shouting match between her husband and Ferry.

At 10:58, Weston police received a 911 call reporting a fist fight in progress.

Maybe this is the turning point in the utterly insane saga that is denim on country club grounds?


Rory Could Be "£25 Million Worse Off" If He Loses Case

Derek Lawrenson quotes Rory McIlroy at length from Tuesday's press conference where the Race To Dubai winner before the Race To Dubai officially ends spoke of how he doesn't see his Masters preparation impacted by legal proceedings.

Lawrenson writes:

‘Annoying and frustrating,’ is how the 25-year-old summed up being forced to sit out the first two events of the European Tour’s Final Series in China. It will be costly too, if he finishes on the losing side in the Dublin courtroom showdown, scheduled for February.

Those in Ireland who have been following the various machinations closely estimate he could be as much as £25million worse off if the worst-case scenario unfolds.

‘Of course I’m annoyed that it is still going on but there’s nothing I can do about it,’ McIlroy said. ‘We tried our best a few weeks ago to come to some sort of resolution and it didn’t work out. So yeah, it’s not the best thing to be going through but it will be over and done with a good bit before I have to go down Magnolia Lane (for the Masters) in April. As long as I’ve got a clear head going there, I’m happy with that.’

Lawrenson reports the blisters on McIlroy's hands speak to the level of his preparation for the Race conclusion. I know, more detail than you needed.

The Guardian's Ewan Murray took in McIlroy's remarks and reminds us that there is evidence to support Rory's ability to block out distractions.

 He has swapped managers, equipment, jilted his fiancee and finds himself as the No1 player in world golf. At Augusta next April he will seek to complete a grand slam of major championships before the age of 26.

Detail of interest to those fascinated by the legal wranglings and potential impact on McIlroy's game will want to read Brian Keogh's analysis of the press conference comments and recent goings on.

This alone suggests a strain that will inevitably distract McIlroy:

McIlroy might not be concerned about what emerges in the public domain but that’s not to say that others may not also be drawn into the public arena against their wishes.

The forensic scrutiny of laptops, mobile phones, text messages, emails and other documents in a case such as this could unleash an uncontrollable beast.

As it is, Horizon has asked McIlroy himself, his father Gerry, Rory Mcilroy Inc CEO Donal Casey, and McIlroy’s personal assistant/tour manager Sean O’Flaherty to produce documentation in the discovery process and much of what they have requested has not be turned over in full.

The process is designed to show that commercial platform Horizon built for Rory McIlroy was effectively commandeered by what is now Rory McIlroy Inc together with a large proportion of his management team.

Horizon’s lawyers will be trying to show through this discovery process that the takeover was planned over a lengthy period of time with many individuals directly and indirectly emerging as key movers.

Lawyers for Horizon appear to have had trouble securing all the documents they require and have brought a motion to the High Court to have their requests met in full.

As for Rory's golf, Karl MacGinty reviews the drama that surrounded Rory both on and off the course in this Irish Independent piece.

Meanwhile, on a lighter note McIlroy and Justin Rose attempted to re-create Henrik Stenson's epic shot from the 2013 Race's conclusion, as well as Rose's key chip in 2012 in those epic Race To Dubai moments that you've already forgotten.


PGA Tour Wants IMG Subpoenaed Over Vijay

In other First World News...

GolfNewsNet was the first to note that the PGA Tour has asked the judge in Vijay Singh's suit against the PGA Tour over his use of deep antler spray to help subpoena documents from agency IMG.

“The Tour cannot obtain this information directly from Mr. Singh because Mr. Singh would not have communications internal to IMG or between IMG representatives and potential sponsors, and indeed has produced no such documents in response,” Dreyer wrote in the filing.

Bransten has granted the motion pending any appeal from Singh, whose representation did not object to the filing.

If granted — and any necessary subpoenas from the Common Pleas Court are obtained — then IMG would be required to submit documentation under the motion by December 15 and depositions to take place on Jan. 15, 2015.


LPGA In 2015: 33 Events, $61.6 Million In Prize Money

Congratulations to Commissioner Mike Whan and his hard-working staff and players on the LPGA setting a new total prize money record, not to mention 33 events in 2015.

Golf News Net with the breakdown.

Beth Ann Baldry focuses on the big news of the day, a sponsor for the year's first major and replacement for longtime, forget them. Welcome ANA (All Nippon Airlines) at the Dinah Shore and sporting a $2.5 million purse.


Lindsey Vonn: "It was like a fabricated interview, like what (Jenkins) thinks Tiger would say."

David Leon Moore of USA Today talks to Lindsey Vonn about her boyfriend's first column for taking aim at Dan Jenkins, who took aim her man (satirically) in Golf Digest.

"We talked about the article and that he was going to say something," Vonn told USA TODAY Sports. "I completely agree with him. I agree with his statement and I'm glad that he did it. That's not journalism. It was like a fabricated interview, like what (Jenkins) thinks Tiger would say.

"But it went way too far, and it wasn't very clear that it was a joke, that it was fabricated.

It only said fake once on the cover!

"If you read it, you might think that it was actually Tiger talking. The whole thing is completely ridiculous."

Maybe if it sounded like Tiger was actually talking then aren't you confirming our worst fears that Jenkins captured the essence?


Tiger Declares War On Jenkins Satire, Demands Apology

To put the gravity of Tiger Woods' anger into perspective, Woods rebutted Dan Jenkins' December Golf Digest parody at The Players Tribune instead of his preferred media outlet, the upstart

Take that, his ownself's website!

Speaking of His Ownself, Jenkins tweeted a link to the story that was only posted at after Tiger's item appeared.

Let's ignore that the word "fake" was on the magazine cover. Or that the print spread included an asterisk after the words "My Interview With Tiger*" with by the phrase "*Or how it plays out in my mind" in large type at the top.

And ignore the obviously satirical photos of a fake Tiger eating at a diner and polishing his Escalade, because the real crux for Woods appears to be that people he's hearing from are mistaking the piece for a real interview. Tiger, or someone on his payroll, writing for Derek Jeter's new website:

Did you read Dan Jenkins’ interview with me in the latest Golf Digest? I hope not. Because it wasn’t me. It was some jerk he created to pretend he was talking to me. That’s right, Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination.

Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?

Maybe someone someone saw "fake" on the cover and they think he "faked an interview" as a satirical device? Nothing gets by Tiger's handlers!

Golf Digest even hired an actor to pose as me in photos.

It appeared to me, having read this a week ago, as the second fastest way to let people know it was a fake interview right after using the word fake on the cover. But I'm just thinking out loud here.

Keep digging...

Fortunately, invented fiction

Quibble interruption...I think invented fiction qualifies as redundant...but keep calm and carry on...

like this is not at all what I hear on tour from the fans. It’s not the type of feedback I get from them, especially when I’ve been hurt or going through a tough stretch. Fans’ encouragement is what really matters to me.

Exactly, like when a young lad named Johnny ask for an autograph at your gated community course because they idolize you and you give them the first of their two Heismans!

Whether it’s misreported information or opinions I think are way off base, I let plenty of things slide.

That, I don't doubt.

But this time I can’t do that. The sheer nastiness of this attack, the photos and how it put false words in my mouth just had to be confronted.

Oddly, it would have gone quietly into the night until you confronted the problem.

My representatives and I asked Golf Digest for an explanation, some reason for what I think is journalistically wrong and a pretty cheap shot. Digest responded by saying it was Dan’s humor, and they didn’t think it was unfair or they wouldn’t have run it. Those aren’t great answers.

Here, is the letter we sent. Read it, and the original piece if you have to, and decide for yourself what’s fair.
~ Tiger

Here is the letter sent to Conde Nast CEO Chuck Townsend on November 12th by agent Mark Steinberg and VP of ETW Communications Glenn Greenspan. I've grabbed and embedded it here because the Wynn just posted 3-1 odds that the letter gets taken down by week's end when the bad tipping stories come out and Jimmy Kimmel makes 15 Escalade jokes upon reading the letters line about there being "no basis whatsoever" for the jabs.

Bob Harig at has a straightforward account of the history between the two and a summary of the column by Tiger.

Jason Sobel at tells Tiger to chill and makes this shrewd point:

For a guy who’s so often straddled the fence or bitten your lip rather than quenching our collective thirst for an opinion, it’s refreshing to read an unvarnished viewpoint on something that’s bothering you. The truth is, if you’d been this unfiltered for the past two decades, journalists would probably have less cause to write imaginary pieces guessing at what’s going on inside your head.

However, the essence of the issue here, and why this one will be staple of PR training schools for decades to come, comes from The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre, who writes:

Quick reminder: Nobody was talking about this at all until Tiger’s team went on the offensive this afternoon.

They are now.

The whole thing reminds of that oldie but goodie from Woody Allen: "You know, it's one thing about intellectuals. They prove that you can be absolutely brilliant and have no idea what's going on."


Welcome To The Club! Pavin Joins Fox Sports Broadcast Team

Coleman McDowell reports that former U.S. Open Champion Corey Pavin has been welcomed by Greg Norman to the Fox Sports broadcasting club. Also added was Steve Flesch, formerly of Golf Channel, along with CNN's Shane O'Donoghue, who will host when Joe Buck is not the lead play-by-play announcer. O'Donoghue will providing essays and features, too. (McDowell also confirms the previously reported hiring of Juli Inkster.)

McDowell writes:

“I feel really good about this crew,” Mark Loomis, coordinating golf producer for Fox Sports, told “One of the reasons we have been taking our time is that we’re putting a team, not just a bunch of individuals, together. We went about it slowly and deliberately, and I think this group we’re adding today all complement the team really well.

Pavin will serve as a studio analyst at the U.S. Open, while Inkster will be an on-course analyst at the U.S. Open and an analyst at the U.S. Women’s Open. Flesch, who has spent several seasons working with Golf Channel, will work as a hole announcer for most of the USGA events.

Pavin was greeted after his U.S. Open win by Norman, who welcomed him "to the club" of major winners.

This just about rounds out Fox's team, with only a few on-course reporters needing to be named.

Jessica Marksbury recently interviewed Joe Buck about the Fox team as they prepare for their first telecast from the Shark Shootout's final round. On his broadcast partner Norman...

Greg will be as open and as naturally critical as a guy can be without overdoing it. You have to be honest with the viewer, but you also have to be fair and remember how hard this game is. The Shark will have teeth, but I don't think he'll be a Great White every time he opens his mouth.


The Daily Show On Detroit's Water Shutoff

Jessica Williams investigates Detroit's water shutoffs targeting some of the city's poorest residents not paying their bills while not targeting major businesses and golf courses who...are not paying their bills.

The segment (thanks reader Jeff):


Report: Tiger’s Got A New Body!

Rosie’s has had some big exclusives but if his Golf Central report is true that Tiger Woods has a new body, this will make international headlines.

Oh wait, oh I got it…new body as in, maybe he’s not spending more time on the bench press than the range? Our prayers have been answered.

Tim Rosaforte also has an update on Dustin Johnson, who has taken his leave of absence from the fairways of Sherwood back to Florida where he’s showing up on time for his lessons. It’s news that will cure whatever ails you.