John Ourand has the exclusive on Fox’s new golf team:
Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be Fox Sports’ top on-air voices when the network debuts its golf coverage next year, according to several sources. The two will be set up in the 18th green tower at the ’15 U.S. Open, when the event will be held at Chambers Bay outside Seattle. The decision to tap Buck and Norman comes as somewhat of a surprise, as neither has announced golf on television before.
Actually, it really isn’t much of a surprise. Buck is Fox’s lead voice, and reportedly a good golfer. It was a natural that he would be tabbed for the high profile assignment.
While Norman hasn’t formally worked as an analyst, he has appeared in the booth of golf telecasts of many occasions. He hardly is shy about his views, and as a two-time major winner and a many more-time near-miss in the majors, he brings a big-name presence that is essential for Fox’s golf coverage.
However, unlike football or baseball, this isn’t a two-man operation in the booth. Fox still will need to find more play-by-play voices, analysts and on-course reporters to fill out their coverage team. It remains a daunting task for Fox to do this endeavor from scratch. The network has to be good on so many levels beyond the 18th tower.
It will be interesting to see Fox brings Gus Johnson into the mix. If it does, definitely put him on a par 3. I’d love to hear Johnson’s call on a hole-in-one.