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Best and Worst Golf TV Announcers

 

BEST

Johnny Miller 

Miller is a man among boys in this business.  Always insightful, consistently makes great calls, not afraid to be politically incorrect.  Oddly subversive for a straight laced Mormon type.  Drives 120 mph in his Ferrari to church.

Full disclosure: one of his from-the-booth golf tips solved an early release problem in my golf swing that dropped my handicap from 12 to eight.  I should send the guy a freakin' check.

I know he has an army of detractors, but that's probably a good sign.  He's not trying to please everybody

Jim Nantz

Cool and corporate compared to Miller, the hot instigator.  Best voice, though, which counts extra for the play by play guy.  Likeable for some reason you can't put your finger on.   Miller and Nantz together would be a dream team.

Dan Hicks

Solid play by play.

Nick Faldo

Nothing brilliant going on between the ears here, but pleasant enough personality.  He's slightly clever without being annoying.  Not being annoying counts for a lot.  If you sit down and watch an entire tournament, these guys are on air for as much as 16 hours.

David Feherty

Legitimately amusing.

 

WORST

Gary McCord

Not funny.  Not cool. Aging wanna-be frat boy.  Pathetic case of arrested development. 

Paul Azinger

Fortunately, lost his job.  Still shows up occasionally on the Golf Channel and the odd ABC telecast.  He has all the negative qualities of Dennis Miller without the redemptive wit.  

Can't stand him personally.  He's a Rush Limbaugh conservative, which wouldn't bother me if he could keep his opinions to himself.  After a Ryder Cup victory, he turned down an invitation to the Clinton White House in  1993 because he "refused to meet with a draft dodger".    I don't care what your politics are, that's disrespecting the Commander-in-Chief.  Should have been permanently banned from Ryder Cup play.

In an interview with Tiger at Tiger's annual charity tournament in California, he praised Tiger's learning centers for 'turning tax burdens into tax payers".  What an idiot.  Rich guys like Azinger are the biggest tax freeloaders of all.  What about the fact that he's allowed to write off the interest on his million dollar mortgage?  More tax dollars get siphoned off into that rich man's boondoggle than all the welfare payments combined.

Limbaugh once praised Azinger because golf professionals are "entrepeneurs".  What a load!  "Lucky guys with freaky hand-eye coordination who probably had parents with at least moderate financial resources" is more like it.

I'm not tuning into a golf tournament to listen to Azinger turn the broadcast into a moronic right wing radio show.

Mike Tirico

Lost his job wiith Azinger when the PGA cancelled ABC's contract.  He's now being gradually drummed out of TV football broadcasting into radio.  Smart enough guy with a slick delivery, but unlikeable.  Way too nerdy.

Chris Berman

I know he only gets an hour or so every year,  and even then only when ABC/ESPN gets the U.S. Open.  But even a couple of hours a year of Chris Berman calling golf is a crime against broadcasting.

Kelly Tilghman 

She's not awful, but in over her head.  It's a tougher job than you think.  Would be fine walking the fairways and doing the side commentary.  If they need a token woman, put Dottie Pepper or Judy Rankis in there.


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