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And speaking of the announcers, in what world is it okay to have Joe Buck – who’s known for covering the NFL and MLB – as lead announcer on a golf broadcast? It was clear to me that Buck was out of his league. His fellow broadcasters were not much better. Take Charles Davis, for instance. Yes, Charles Davis, former NFL player-turned-football analyst. For part of the day, Davis had the task of interviewing players who agreed to talk after their rounds – the most notable being Rickie Fowler, who shot a 13-over-par round of 81 on Thursday. The interview started off okay but it seemed like Davis and Fowler just kept talking about the same thing as Davis basically found a new way to say that Fowler had a bad round each time. Davis later admitted on Twitter that he probably kept Fowler a question too long. Going back to Buck, it really didn’t help that he blatantly called out Tiger Woods for not agreeing to do an interview after his horrid round. That’s a big no-no in my book. There’s never a need for that.
For the sake of space, a final point of criticism I’ll give FOX Sports is its overuse of pre-produced video packages. All broadcasts use them but it seemed that FOX Sports was relying on the video packages too much. Two that I saw quite a bit of chatter about on Twitter were on the trains that pass by the Chambers Bay course and Rickie Fowler’s unique sense of style. The train one was dubbed as third grade material by one person on Twitter and the one on Fowler was old news to anyone who casually watches golf. The video packages were shown mostly at inopportune times as well, sacrificing what viewers watch the broadcast for: golf!
I know it’s just FOX Sports’ first year covering the U.S. Open but Thursday’s broadcast is one that the network should really take a close look at and learn from. I’ve seen plenty a golf broadcast in my time and FOX Sports’ U.S. Open broadcast was the worst I’ve seen. Let’s hope Friday and the weekend will be better.