It’s been said that golf television broadcasts are the perfect white noise in which one can use to dive into a long, satisfying Sunday nap. It’s the hushed tones and soft nature sounds that seem to do it. To golf fans, however, the quality of the telecast can hinge on what is said and when.
Whether it is Johnny Miller saying that a player choked or Nick Faldo trying on some puckish wit on Kelly Tilghman, these “personalities” infuse our experience of the event, for good or ill.
A careful long-time listener, however, will detect certain biases, unspoken rivalries and insight into the personality of the person who’s holding the microphone. It’s important to remember that these people always focus on the story on the course, but yet a little reading between the lines tells us so much more.