FOX Sports tabs Joe Buck, Greg Norman to co-anchor 2015 USGA Championships
APR 23, 2014 12:57p ET
Longtime FOX Sports broadcaster Joe Buck and Hall of Fame golfer Greg "The Shark" Norman will team up to co-anchor coverage of the USGA Championships beginning in 2015, the network announced Wednesday.
"We're really excited to pair Joe Buck, one of the most talented voices in sports television and himself a pretty good golfer, with Greg Norman, one of the game's best professionals ever," said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports president, COO and executive producer. "Joe and Greg are sure to bring an informative, entertaining style to the 18th tower, continuing the tradition of talented announcers and analysts who have brought energy and insight to USGA Championship broadcasts."
Buck, an avid golfer playing at a 3 handicap, joined FOX Sports in 1994. Buck handles lead play-by-play duties for the network's Emmy Award-winning coverage of Major League Baseball and the NFL.
Buck has held lead MLB on FOX play-by-play duties since 1996 and has called 15 All-Star Games and World Series and 17 League Championship Series. He has been lead voice of the NFL on FOX since 2002, and has called 12 NFC Championship Games and four Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XLVIII, the most-watched television program ever in the U.S.
Norman won 91 professional events in his career, including 20 PGA Tour titles. Victorious in two majors, he won the British Open Championship in 1986 and 1993, and became the first person in PGA Tour history to surpass $10 million in career earnings. Norman received the Arnold Palmer Award in 1986, 1990 and 1995 as the PGA Tour's money leader, and in 1995, after three Tour wins, he was named PGA Tour Player of the Year. Norman captained the 2009 and 2011 Presidents Cup International teams and recently ranked No. 2 on Golf World's list of Best Modern Golfers. He was a 2001 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee who spent 331 weeks ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Norman's passion and knowledge for course design, as well as his experience in event management, add dimensions of understanding for viewers as he joins Buck as FOX Sports' lead golf broadcast team.
The United States Golf Association, which governs the game of golf worldwide with The R&A, and FOX, the No. 1 network for sports television since 1997, announced a comprehensive multimedia agreement last August that makes FOX Sports and FOX Sports 1 the principal domestic media partner of the USGA and the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open Championships, as well as the USGA's national amateur championships and other live content, beginning in 2015.
The landmark agreement brings premier major championship golf for the first time ever to FOX, home to the World Series, Daytona 500, Super Bowl LI and 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
"We are fortunate that the long history of our championship telecasts have benefited from the talent, experience and expert analysis from some of the finest broadcasters in the business," said USGA executive director Mike Davis. "With Joe Buck and Greg Norman, the team that FOX Sports has begun to assemble will continue our long run of talented announcers, while maintaining the energy, insight and enjoyment that has become synonymous with USGA Championship broadcasts."