Dan Hicks is the host of Golf Channel on NBC coverage of events and is the host of this weekend’s coverage of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Hicks said that it is wonderful to be in the broadcasting business and he has been very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time on a few big moments where he has been able to rise to the occasion as a broadcaster.
Golf in the 2016 Olympics is still very far away and it is so unprecedented that it is too soon to start predicting what it will be like. He spoke to Geoff Ogilvy about this recently and Ogilvy expressed many of those same points. Among the issues that will need to be settled is the issue of scheduling PGA TOUR events and Majors around the Olympics.
On the announcement of very changes to the PGA TOUR in 2013, Hicks said that it all sounds very interesting and while there will no longer be stories of players coming to the PGA TOUR out of nowhere via Q-School, there is a lot of potential for the 3-event series to be something special but a number of tweaks and modifications will have to be made. Hicks followed those thoughts with a good-natured impression of PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem.
He thinks that Tiger Woods is very close to winning again on the PGA TOUR and we are seeing proof of the improvement in his performances in events in 2012. We all know how great he has been and how well he can win and while he may not be as dominant as he once was, Hicks feels that he will win tournaments again and he will win Majors again. He is not sure if Tiger will pass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 Major Championship wins though. Hicks’ colleague Johnny Miller has said that he could win 30-40 more times before his career is done and while that may seem like a wild prediction, Johnny has the best instinct of anyone he has ever seen.
Johnny Miller was the best player in the world for a few years and he has told Hicks in the past that there is nothing like it in the world. Miller said that when he was the best in the world, he had the confidence that every shot he hit would be solid and every putt he hit had a great chance to go in the hole. Tiger has felt that way for a number of years in his career and he is trying to get back to that special place.
Hicks has been on the call for many of the great events in the world including Tiger Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The moments in Beijing were so surprising that he raised the voice at least an extra octave in his calls. Sports are exciting precisely because of those moments that are so amazing and special that you surrender to the moment.