After a less than stellar first season in broadcast golf, Fox Sports has made some changes for year two, notably the firing of lead analyst Greg Norman and hiring of Paul Azinger as his replacement. Anchor Joe Buck remains, and the Buck-Azinger duo will make an under-the-radar debut today and tomorrow with the broadcast of the USGA’s newest and least notable event, the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Also joining the Fox team this week is Curtis Strange as on-course commentator along with reporter Shane Bacon while Brad Faxon will return, joining Buck and Azinger in the tower. While the competitors in the Four-Ball may be unknown to all but their friends and family, the site is a big one, at Winged Foot, host of five U.S. Opens with a sixth scheduled for 2020.
Coverage of the quarterfinal matches begins today at 3 pm EST on Fox Sports 1 with the finals on tomorrow at 3. Of course, the real test for Fox will come in three weeks when the U.S. Open tees off at Oakmont.