Greg Norman and Joe Buck will be Fox Sports’ lead broadcast team at the 2015 U.S. Open, according to Sports Business Journal.
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. Norman, a two-time British Open winner, is a member of the Golf HOF. Buck is said to be a scratch golfer who is knowledgeable about the sport.
The USGA announced in August that Fox Sports would take over the U.S. Open from longtime broadcast partner NBC Sports starting in 2015 in a 12-year deal worth a reported $1.2 billon. At the time, NBC’s lead golf analyst Johnny Miller said that he would not be moving to Fox Sports.
Shortly after the U.S. Open deal was announced, Norman said that Fox offered him the lead analyst job. While Norman has never announced golf on television, he is well-known to golf fans for his two major wins as well as his heartbreaking losses at the 1996 and 1987 Masters. In his prime, he was the No. 1-ranked player in the world for 331 weeks, a record surpassed only by Tiger Woods.
Norman is also known for being outspoken about the game, and especially about Woods. Norman called for Woods to withdraw from the 2013 Masters after taking an illegal drop. He’s also locked horns with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.
Buck is new to golf announcing as well, but he’s a veteran Fox Sports play-by-play guy, and part of the network’s so-called “A” team for football and baseball broadcasts. Buck is also a member of Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, home club of new USGA president Tom O’Toole.
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