Getting to know ... Whit Watson

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 30, 2012, 3:53 am

They cover golf. The live golf. Now it's time to get to know what the on-air talent at Golf Channel think about not only about what happens on the on-course ... but better yet ... stuff that happens off-course and around the Golf Channel offices.


Favorite broadcaster? Too many to list.  I admire Vin Scully's grasp of the power of silence; David Steele (longtime voice of the Orlando Magic) has been a personal role model and mentor.  And I think Chris Fowler is probably better at this than any of us.

Favorite all-time movie (comedy and drama)?  I believe I am contractually obligated to say that 'Caddyshack' is my favorite comedy.  Favorite drama is 'Shawshank Redemption.'

Dream golfing vacation?  Anywhere in the world with my dad, Larry, and my son, Zach.

What is the hardest thing about being a golf broadcaster?  Time away from home.  Nothing else comes close.

Favorite sandwich/food?  Peanut butter.  I eat it every day.  I wish I was kidding.

Favorite word to slip into a broadcast?  'Borrow' instead of 'break.'  As in, 'he didn't take enough borrow on that putt.'

Favorite personal blooper reel moment?  Can't say I have a 'favorite' - I try to learn from mistakes and then quickly forget them.  Charlie Rymer will tell you it was the time during my first week on the air at Golf Channel when I forgot his name in the studio.  I also once threw to Frank Nobilo on location when he was, in fact, sitting on the other desk in the same studio I was occupying.  Good times!

Dream foursome?  See above.  My dad, my son, and anybody who can put up with us.

What is a little-known secret about doing TV?  It's an audial medium as much as it is a visual medium.  What you say (or don't say), and how you say it, carries just as much weight as whatever the viewer is seeing at the time.

Funniest co-worker at Golf channel?  Pretty sure that Feherty has retired this category.  Brandel Chamblee is sneaky hilarious.

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Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 3:00 pm

After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.

"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."

Click here to watch live first-round action on Golf Channel.

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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 1:58 pm

More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.

Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.

The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:

Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

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New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match

By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 12:48 am

AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.

But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.

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The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.

“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”

The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.

“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”