Fox Sports produced visually stimulating telecasts from Erin Hills, aided by several features and the real standout: Ken Brown's Brownie Points. As D.J. Piehowski noted on Twitter, Brown is doing so much with so little: one camera, a few toys, and a nice splash of creativity.
Before those links, a few random observations on Fox's year-three coverage, which really hit its visual stride this year. Last year's coverage of the DJ fiasco earned the network credibility and while the sound and tech touches were fun, there was a sense that they didn't quite help tell the story.
Yet even with a very difficult venue to cover due to its size, the combination of camera locations, gizmos and amazing player sound delivered on the network's original promise to tell a golf tournament story in a fresh and innovative way. The ending was a little rough with Joe Buck's reference to Brooks' former girlfriend and another awkward trophy ceremony, but that shouldn't taint what was such a strong week visually.
And on that topic, here's the list of links to features and Brownie Points. I'm embedding a few below, but with Twitter embeds not playing sometimes these days, the links should be more reliable:
U.S. Open Features
- A Father’s Day Tribute to Arnold Palmer, Voiced by Clint Eastwood
- Erin Hills Golf Course and Local Amish Community Form Beneficial Bond
- Robin Yount Narrates the Beauty and Simplicity of Erin Hills
- JJ Watt Gives an Ode to Wisconsin’s Friday Night Fish Fry
- Harley-Davidson – Born in Wisconsin
- The Basilica at Holy Hill
- Clay Matthews Tells the Story of Wisconsin’s Last Covered Bridge
- Brett Favre Narrates a Visit to Scoop DeVille
Ken Brown’s #BrowniePoints
The Arnold Palmer feature with Clint Eastwood narrating.
Brownie on the par-3 16th where there really isn't that much profound to say about this hole, and yet he managed to milk all of the key details out in this entertaining piece:
And this instant classic on the fescue rough.