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Timing of USGA-Fox announcement rankles many

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The USGA threw a sweeping curveball Wednesday when it announced a new, long-term partnership with Fox Sports on the eve of the 95th playing of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill. The deal begins in 2015, runs through 2026 and will include Fox Sports broadcast of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, as well as the USGA’s other national amateur championships.

The news caused quite a stir in golf circles. Here is a smattering of response from various members of the golf industry:

'On a night when we honored Lee Trevino with our PGA Distinguished Service Award and on the eve of the PGA Championship, we would hope that the attention of the entire golf world would be on the season's final major.' – PGA of America statement

“Don’t know the relationship between @USGA and @ThePGAofAmerica but seems petty to announce new TV deal today USGA… Couldn’t wait??” – Brandt Snedeker via his Twitter account @BrandtSnedeker

“Let’s forget for the moment that Fox Sports has NEVER televised golf other than some local team play golf shows. Let’s forget that the USGA is a non-profit organization with a “For The Good Of The Game” slogan currently airing their early round telecasts on ESPN with weekday and weekend coverage from NBC, and a major partnership with Golf Channel. Let’s forget that the USGA does not need any more money than it currently brings in. No, let’s just focus on the unprecedently tacky decision by the USGA (not Fox) to announce a major shake-up in how the USGA does business on the eve of the PGA Championship.” – Geoff Shackelford via GeoffShackelford.com

“While it's big business news the decision by a major golf organization to announce this on the eve of a championship conducted by another major golf organization is a monumental misstep of bad timing and poor judgment. The prevailing sentiment by the assembled golfing world here in Rochester is one of disbelief because golf's major ruling bodies have always respected each other’s big events, and adhered to an unwritten agreement to not overshadow one another. It's unfortunate that after the very public and sometimes bitter battle these two organizations had this year over the anchored putter – and the PGA of America's respectful handling of the defeat – the USGA could not have returned the favor. The final major of the year gets underway tomorrow. Tiger tees off at 8:35 a.m. ET… and we can't wait.” – Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner Wednesday on “Live From the PGA Championship”

“It was the highlight of my year of work for me. The U.S. Open has always been the tournament. It’s a big bummer for me and Dan Hicks. I don’t know what they’re (Fox) is going to do. You can’t just fall out of a tree and do the U.S. Open. I guess the money was more important than the performance. No way they can step in and do the job we’re doing. It’s impossible. There’s just no way. I wish Fox the very best.” – NBC Sports golf analyst Johnny Miller told the Associated Press

“Will always love the U.S. Open. It becomes a part of you after so many yrs. Our national championship. What a privilege it has been.” – NBC Sports’ Dan Hicks via his Twitter account @DanHicksNBC

“The combination of NBC and Golf Channel will continue to be the dominant voice in golf coverage going forward. We’ve enjoyed our 19-year relationship with the USGA, and will continue to serve the golf fan every day.” – NBC Sports Group statement

“We've had a rewarding relationship with the USGA. We look forward to televising the U.S. Open and other USGA championships in 2014 and wish them the best in the future.” – ESPN statement

“Rest assured, it was not our intent and it is not our style to disrupt a partner’s event.” – USGA spokesman Joe Goode told the Associated Press in an email