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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
**Alex Finkelstein filed this 1999 story on a settlement in the case 15 months after filing (thanks reader Bob).
Kerasotis referred questions on the settlement to publisher Mike Coleman, who says only, "We apologize to Mr. Zoeller and his family and to readers for any confusion caused by Mr. Kerasotis' columns, which were intended to be read in a satirical vein.
"We're pleased that the newspaper has been able to resolve this amicably with Mr. Zoeller."
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.
**Here's the video:
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)
Ian Baker-Finch (CBS)
Gary Koch (NBC)
Curtis Strange (ESPN)
Brad Faxon (Fox)
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)
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)
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 event...in 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:
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.
Hey @TigerWoods, please hate my book next!— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 18, 2014
**Deadspin's Tom Ley says Dan Jenkins "shouldn't have made up quotes from an obviously fake Tiger Woods. He should have let the real Tiger speak for himself. Like so."
As for The Players Tribune website, the decision to publish there may have been influenced by Excel Sports Management's role in the founding of the site. Excel, is of course, Tiger's agency. Excel's CMO from a press release announcing one of the site's partnerships.
"Partners + Napier NYC came to us in the very beginning. They immediately crystallized our mission, giving us a line and creative idea that is guiding all of our brand activity," said Jaymee Messler, CMO of Excel Sports Management and one of the founding partners of The Players' Tribune. "We could not be more fortunate to have them on our team as we continue to grow and develop."
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.
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)
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.
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?
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.
‘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.
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.
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 sponsor...eh, forget them. Welcome ANA (All Nippon Airlines) at the Dinah Shore and sporting a $2.5 million purse.
"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?
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 TigerWoods.com.
My next column for Tiger: defining parody and satire. I thought I let him off easy: http://t.co/E7e9imSKwO— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) November 18, 2014
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.
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.
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 ESPN.com has a straightforward account of the history between the two and a summary of the column by Tiger.
Jason Sobel at GolfChannel.com 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."
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.)
“I feel really good about this crew,” Mark Loomis, coordinating golf producer for Fox Sports, told Golf.com. “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 official release.
FOX SPORTS ADDS FOUR BIG NAMES TO INAUGURAL USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE
Flesch, Inkster, O’Donoghue and Pavin Added to Stellar On-Air Lineup
Los Angeles -- The FOX Sports family of networks welcomes Steve Flesch, Juli Inkster, Shane O’Donoghue and Corey Pavin to its inaugural coverage of USGA championships beginning in 2015. The announcement was made today by John Entz, Executive Producer, FOX Sports, and Mark Loomis, Coordinating Golf Producer, FOX Sports. The quartet joins host Joe Buck, analyst Greg Norman, lead studio and on-course analyst Brad Faxon, rules analyst David Fay and reporter/host Holly Sonders who were announced earlier this year.
Flesch serves as a hole announcer for the majority of FOX Sports’ USGA championships telecasts. Inkster is an analyst for the U.S. Women’s Open, in addition to offering on-course insight for the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and select amateur championships. O’Donoghue hosts FOX Sports’ USGA telecasts and amateur coverage, while Pavin serves as event and studio analyst for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
“We‘re extremely proud of the team we’re assembling to call USGA championships on FOX Sports,” said Loomis. “Adding Juli Inkster, Corey Pavin, Steve Flesch and Shane O’Donoghue to an already stout roster helps build a team with a formidable mix of experience, expertise and passion providing play-by-play and analysis for all of the USGA championships FOX Sports is televising next year.”
Inkster has enjoyed tremendous success on the LPGA Tour, claiming seven major championships, including two U.S. Women’s Open victories in 1999 and 2002, and 24 additional LPGA wins to date. A nine-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team, she is the all-time American points leader and serves as captain of the 2015 team. She also won three consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships from 1980-1982. Inkster was named the 1984 LPGA Rookie of the Year, and was voted 1999 Female Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America. In 2000, she won an ESPY Award for Outstanding Women’s Golf Performer of the Year and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
“Juli has been synonymous with USGA golf for decades, and her experience and success in USGA competition runs as deep as anyone’s,” Loomis said. “Juli is so well-respected throughout golf and that will bring our viewers a tremendous amount of insight and access to today’s game and players.”
Flesch, the 1998 PGA Rookie of the Year, holds four PGA Tour victories and one international victory, the 1996 Malaysian Open. He has notched five top-10 finishes in majors throughout his career, with his best finish a tie for fifth in the 2008 Masters. Flesch has also served as an analyst for the Golf Channel, and has 24 years of professional golf experience.
“I have followed Steve’s career since college, both on and off the course,” Loomis said. “He’s played at the highest level for the last two decades, and he also has been able to gain significant television experience along the way. Steve brings us a great mix of information and personal experience combined with an easygoing personality and delivery.”
Pavin, the 1995 U.S. Open champion, spent more than 150 weeks ranked among the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings between 1986 and 1997. He claimed 15 PGA Tour titles, topped the Tour’s money list in 1991 and was named the 1991 PGA Player of the Year. Pavin won at least one event on either the PGA Tour or the international tour nearly every year between 1984 and 1994. In addition, he represented the United States in three Ryder Cups (1991, 1993 and 1995), one Walker Cup (1981) and was named captain of the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team. Pavin continues to compete on the Champions Tour, notching one win in 2012 and four top-10 finishes this year.
“I’ve worked with Corey and always admired his ability to make interesting and informative observations in the snippets of time that golf commentary often allows,” Loomis stated. “His success on the Champions Tour has kept him on the golf course, so we’re lucky to have him put his clubs away for a couple of weeks to discuss what players face as they compete for a USGA championship.”
O’Donoghue is an Irish golf journalist who moves to FOX Sports from CNN, where he hosted since 2011. He previously worked for the Golf Channel, RTE in Ireland and the BBC TV golf on-air team as host, reporter and analyst for marquee events such as The Masters, Open Championships, PGA Championships, Barclays Scottish Open Championships and the Ryder Cup. In 2007, he published a book titled Legends in Their Spare Time, focusing on the men and women who paved the way for today’s Irish golfers.
“Shane’s versatility as a host, interviewer and golf historian will be a huge asset for us across all of our USGA telecasts,” Loomis said. “Shane has longstanding relationships with players from all over the globe and his familiarity with them will go a long way in bringing their stories to American golf fans.”
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):
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.