NEW YORK — FOX Sports announced Thursday the addition of a pair of veteran golf voices to its 2015 USGA Championships coverage team with the hiring of eight-time PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon and former USGA executive director David Fay to provide analysis alongside host Joe Buck, analyst Greg Norman and reporter/host Holly Sonders.
Faxon will serve as lead studio analyst and hole announcer, while Fay will contribute as rules analyst.
“Long-known for his smooth putting stroke, Brad’s transition to broadcasting has been just as easy,” FOX Sports coordinating golf producer Mark Loomis said. “He still has great relationships with, and knowledge of, today’s Tour players, and that insight will prove invaluable to our telecasts. David has been synonymous with the USGA, its Championships and history for decades, so adding him to our team was a no-brainer."
A 29-year PGA Tour veteran and winner of the 1993 Australian Open and 2005 Buick Championship, Faxon represented the United States on two Ryder Cup teams, was one of the most successful players on the PGA Tour in the 1990s and ranks 50th on the PGA Tour Career Money List. Faxon also led the Tour in putting average in 1996, 1999 and 2000. In 2010, Faxon began working as a commentator for NBC’s golf coverage and rapidly established himself as an entertaining and well-informed analyst.
After his appointment as USGA executive director in 1989, Fay quickly became one of the game’s foremost leaders during the sport’s boom before retiring in December 2010 after 21 years of service. Renowned for his encyclopedic understanding of the Rules of Golf, the former caddie functioned as a rules expert for NBC’s U.S. Open broadcasts. Fay also championed the effort to bring the U.S. Open to public courses as chairman of the World Golf Foundation in 2008, and established the “For the Good of the Game” grant program.