A Quick Round with Brad Faxon

By Randall MellMarch 26, 2010, 2:14 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Brad Faxon is bringing his insight to television this year as a rookie analyst for NBC. He'll be working Golf Channel’s telecast Thursday and Friday as a roving course reporter at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Faxon, 48, an eight-time PGA Tour winner known as a gifted putter, has long been regarded by media as one of the best quotes on Tour. He will be working from the tower for NBC at Bay Hill on the weekend, covering the fifth, ninth, 13th and 14th holes.

Though he’ll be working as an analyst for seven PGA Tour events, Faxon is not done as a player. He expects to play at least 20 events this year.

Faxon, who made his TV debut at the WGC-CA Championship at Doral earlier this month, talked about his new TV role in a Quick Round:

So what’s it like with a microphone in your hand instead of a golf club?

It’s exciting, but it’s nerve-wracking. I was way more nervous at Doral than I ever would have thought. I am more comfortable with a golf club in my hand.

Anything particularly unusual about your debut at Doral that you care to share?

We had to wear a coat and tie. It was a World Golf Championship. I was rushing to get my coat on because I was about to go on the air, and I whacked my head into this metal thing on the door and I started bleeding. This girl, Wendy, had to fix me up before I went on. I’ve still got the bump on my head.

Bleeding probably ranks among the things you are not supposed to do on the air.

Tommy Roy (NBC executive producer) gave me a list of things not to say on the air. You can’t say pin placement. You have to say hole location. You can’t say playing partner. You have to say fellow competitor. You can’t say tournament. You have to say championship. You can’t say sand trap. You have to say bunker. When you have all these things you can’t say, you get a little more nervous. I was also told not to use the word great too much.

How would you grade your debut?

I think I got about a B. I tend to be critical of myself, to go over the things I said and the way I said them and the way I wished I would have said them. I got my right ear lit up a few times making a mistake. I know going forward I will make mistakes, but I am very comfortable working with all the NBC folks.

How would you describe your role?

I am trying to talk about golf as I see it. People have asked me about my style. I don’t know what my actual style is going to be. I think my strength will be knowing a lot about the current players and also having a good short game. They can plug me in to talk about a particular golfer’s strengths and weaknesses and do some analyzing.

Do you see criticism as part of your role?

I know it’s the name of the game now. If you are not critical, you are not doing the right thing. There’s a way to be critical that’s not condescending to someone. We all hit bad shots, and I think you have to call a spade a spade at times. I think I know how to say a guy wishes he had that shot over without beating him up.

Did criticism from the media bother you as a player?

I think a lot of people thought that because I was a good putter, I was just lucky to be out here. People think you are either a good putter or you are not. That bugged me. I worked hard for a long time to become better and better. I don’t think it’s lucky.

Will we see you challenging Johnny Miller’s strong opinions?

I hope. I think Tommy Roy wants that. Tommy has said if Johnny says something you don’t agree with, and we have time, let’s discuss it. I think the fans and the spectators want to hear different opinions. I am impressed with Johnny and the way he prepares. He’s out here early on Saturday and Sunday mornings. When he’s talking about which way a particular putt will break, he knows. He’s been out there rolling balls on those holes. He’s already said a couple things where I felt like I could battle with him. He’s very honest, and he’ll come right back at you if he doesn’t agree.

Tiger’s dominating the news with his return to golf at the Masters. Do you think he can win there?

He certainly could. I think there’s probably a heck of a lot of people who are rooting for him and a heck of a lot of people who aren’t rooting for him. I just think it’s good people are talking about his return and that he’s playing golf again, rather than all the talk about the personal stuff. It’s good for the players and the networks to see he’s coming back.

But you think he can win the Masters.

I don’t know how those first few days are going to be for him in competition. He’s a human being. He’s shown in these first few interviews that this is hard for him. Facing his friends for the first time will be difficult. He’s shown some remorse, that he has feelings about what he did and that’s healthy. He’s told us he’s still working on some rehab issues. That’s great. My prediction would be Thursday and Friday would be a hell of a lot more difficult for him than Sunday afternoon.

Do you sense other players will be looking for vulnerability, that they’ll be looking to see if Tiger has lost his edge?

I don’t think any of the off-course stuff will affect his ability on the course. I see no relationship, none at all. I see him being able to step right back in. I would be a little surprised if he came into the Masters and played great right away. But he’s surprised us with everything he’s done in his golf career.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.