As bad as the USGA was when it came to setting up Shinnecock Hills last Saturday at the U.S. Open, there was something far worse.
And that would be FOX Sports.
Once again FOX proved that the USGA sold its broadcast soul to the devil.Once again, compared to the real pros at CBS and NBC, Fox was so very amateurish.
The best thing that happened during the four days of the 118th U.S. Open came when FOX lost the audio portion of its telecast for 15 minutes on Friday — heaven sent!
FOX out-foxed itself with all these wonderful microphones that picked up all those obnoxious New Yorkers screaming constantly at the top of their drunken lungs. That got really old by Sunday.
In case you missed it, those mics also picked up a couple of guys talking sexual escapades during the Friday broadcast. A FOX staffer even had to issue an apology:
“Today, during the live FS1 broadcast of the 2018 U.S. Open, one of the many microphones on the course inadvertently picked up some offensive crowd chatter. We sincerely apologize,” Fox Sports spokeswoman Anne Pennington said in an official statement.
Then there’s the on-air talent of lack thereof.
Paul Azinger kept repeating himself countless times.
Joe Buck? He can’t be saved. Football? Yes. Golf? He’s awful, simply awful.
And Ken Brown and his “Brownie Points?” What a waste. Can’t they come up with someone besides this guy? He was best-known in his playing days for being the slowest player on the European Tour.
Holly Sonders? Bleah!
This broadcast crew makes us appreciate how much we miss Jim Nance and guys like Gary McCord, David Feherty, Gary Koch and yes, even to some degree — Nick Faldo and Johnny Miller.
The USGA should have known that CBS and NBC have all the best broadcast talent.
FOX has the leftovers and once again, it showed.
Horrible, simply horrible.
Good news is that it won’t happen again for a year.