We got our answer as to what NBC Golf producer Tommy Roy would do with his announcers on Sunday at The Honda Classic by watching his lead in production on the golf channel. His decision…”To heck with the golf fan I’m sending both of my high priced, high profile announcers with one twosome. Roger you get Sergio, Feherty you take Adam Scott. Viewer you get screwed”.
What is this the final match of the U S Amateur Championship?
There were more than 60 professionals still on the course (at 1:50PM ET) but we, at home, would only get good inside information about exactly TWO of them. Thanks NBC. By the way Blaine Barber birdied the first (right now he’s 4 back) as did Graeme McDowell (he’s won a U S Open). Wouldn’t it be fun if one of those guys, or ANYBODY else, went on to win?
Please don’t misinterpret my musings as anti NBC Golf. As a rule I enjoy their coverage but the minute they hired Feherty I wondered how the heck it was all going to work. I’m still wondering.
To feed the ego of their “announcer monsters” NBC Golf has decided to leave us hungry for insight and information. Knowing both guys, I’d bet Maltbie and Feherty aren’t pleased about the arrangement either. At least not if they’re being truthful. Roy did the same thing in Phoenix, the last time they were all together. So is this the new formula for covering golf on NBC? Take your new, best, and most highly paid guy and team him with your old best, also highly paid guy and have them each work half as hard? The scraps can be gobbled up by Notah and Rolfing, the viewer be damned.
One good thing to come out of it is that Scott is the leader and that’s who Tommy Roy “gave” to Feherty. Because Johnny seems so reluctant to engage with the “new help” it means we’ll hear less from Miller when NBC hits the air after their meaningless hockey game, the uninformative US Bank Sports Report, and a lengthy, flowery tease.
One bad thing about this failing marriage of convenience is that it has made, at least in this honeymoon stage, David Feherty LESS fun to be around. Miller, Maltbie, Koch and the rest of that branch of the NBC Golf family on the invite list are all still the same “Vodka tonic” they’ve always been. Sadly that’s made Feherty, once the life of the party, the “turd in the punch bowl” at this soirée.
Sunday’s first real golf shot on NBC proper came at just after 3:07 PM. The first time Johnny Miller “interacted” with Feherty was…37 minutes later and it could be best described as estranged. They weren’t so much speaking to each other but around each other and neither sounded like they looked forward to doing it again. Johnny can’t enjoy not being the center of attention these days and he is no doubt steamed about not being at the top of the salary heap any longer, but does he have to display his jealousy so publicly? I can only imagine what it’s like in the buffet line, those two aren’t talking to one another but everybody else is talking about them.
It’s clear they are all still trying to find a groove. But I’m not so sure how much of an effort anybody is actually making. It’s like they’re on the dance floor shuffling their feet to “Endless Love” while we’re at our tables listening to the band play “Brick House”. We’re all invited to another party next week. I’ll continue to hope it gets less uncomfortable, not more. In case you’re wondering I’m not holding my breath.