It wasn’t the announcing,the graphics, or the commercials that bothered Ian Poulter and Billy Horschel about the debut of Golf on Fox last weekend, it was the placement of a camera tower.
Both players drove into a distant portion of the 17th hole’s fairway bunker, only to find their view of the green obstructed by a camera tower at the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Fully aware that the camera was showing their antics live, both golfers pouted about the placement of the tower in their way.
Fox was able to use its innovative employment of former USGA Executive Director David Fay in its debut broadcast.Fay explained the dynamics of the situation with help from former pro Greg Norman.
The camera was eventually taken off its tripod, at which point Norman, no stranger to bravado, called out Poulter on the telecast, saying: “OK,Ian Poulter, you better step up there,’sunshine’ and hit a good shot her.”
Poulter’s follow shot was miserable,Horschel’s not much better, and the whole incident gave lead announcer Joe Buck the ability to produce one of the best one-liners of the day.
“The camera was in no danger,” Buck quipped.