Faldo, Miller To Broadcast Together
By mustang6560 on 1/5/12
The biggest names in the field for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the first event of the 2012 PGA Tour season, won't even be teeing it up come Friday. Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo, two of golf's biggest names, will co-host the live broadcast together for the Golf Channel and it seems that they are attracting more attention than the skeleton crew who will actually play.

The Golf Channel originally made the announcement last month to allow ample time for the news to sink in, and I guess as a way to spark a little interest into the tournament since the majority of the big names will be absent. And both past major champions are being good sports and doing their part to add to the hype.
"I have great respect for Johnny on and off the golf course," said Faldo, who also does early-round coverage for Golf Channel. "I'm used to working with characters — I have Gary McCord and David Feherty and Peter Kostis to deal with. I'm quite used to being pretty sharp and pretty quick to keep the show going."

Miller knows he'll have to be on his toes, too.

"To be honest with you, we have a nice little repertoire between the two of us. There is sort of like an older brother-younger brother feel to it. We're not afraid to sort of challenge each other and get a little spark going," Miller said. "It should be energizing and invigorating to have him next to me and have him poke me and chide me for a little bit. That will be new for me."
I never pay much attention to commentators during a live broadcast. I try to optimize the volume on my television so it's low enough to easily tune out but high enough so if I want to know what they are saying I can hear them. And I don't expect much to change for this weekend's broadcast despite the fact it's the first time the world will get to spend a full week with the Miller-Faldo duo.

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[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
The blowhard meter is going to be pinned.
bkuehn1952 says:
Agree with the beef. Nothing worse than two experts trying to verbally top each other with their expertise.
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
Agreed. I love the way they like to chide players for this mistake and that mistake as if they never committed an error on the course. I guess it's easy when you're not the player in contention wielding the club. If it were that simple, we'd be talking about Tiger breaking Faldo or Miller's major championship record. Gimme a break.
joe jones says:
While I admire Faldo's obvious talents on the course I always thought he had no charm. When he first started broadcasting he was stiff and forced everything. He has loosened up in the last few years and does a pretty good job now. Johnny needs someone to get in his face once in a while. Strange bedfellows can sometimes create chemistry. lets hope this is the case
mmontisano says:
Johnny Miller sort of ruled the roost before because no one else with him won as many majors. Now that Faldo is in there, I hope he sort of puts Miller in his place because he's won more.
homermania says:
I'm calling Choi for the win.
joe jones says:
After watching the first 2 days all I can say is "HO HUM". Much ado about nothing. Both Miller and Faldo are trying to interject something positive to the broadcasts but they are like golfers that leave all of their putts 2 feet short. Just chemistry that falls short.
legitimatebeef says:
It's not so bad after all. I have always liked Faldo though. Then again I have a tendency to over-rate any one from the British Isles. On average they are just funnier and more charming than we are and Sir Nick is no exception. He has some funny quips but doesn't try to hit you over the head with humor.

Johnny Miller has been alright too. He made a joke about the 90 yard-wide fairway on the 18th hole, saying "Ben Crenshaw must've designed this place back when he was struggling with the driver and couldn't hit a fairway"--it got some big laughs.
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