Aaron Kasinitz of Pennlive.com reports that Holly Sonders has been reassigned for Fox’s coverage of this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.
Whoever wins the U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club this weekend won’t speak with Fox reporter Holly Sonders behind the 18th green.
Sonders faced a hefty dose of criticism after her interview of U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth last month, and she’s taking on a different role for this weekend’s championship. Sonders will host a half-hour post-match show on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday and Sunday, while Shane O’Donoghue conducts the on-course interviews.
“We’re not reassigning Holly because she did a bad job,” Fox’s coordinating producer Mark Loomis said. “I think Holly’s been great for us. It’s just that she can’t do both the postgame show and the interviews.”
Not to edit Loomis, but the last line of his quote should read, “It’s just that she can’t do the interviews.”
Given another opportunity at the U.S. Senior Open, from what I saw, Sonders still struggled to ask questions beyond, “How does it feel?”
The studio will be a much better role for her.