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SBD/March 22, 2011/Media
Weekend Golf Ratings Continue Strong Start With Double-Digit Growth Over '10
Published March 22, 2011
TOP TALKERS: GOLF WORLD MONDAY's Geoff Russell wrote Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee is one "personality who could improve" NBC's golf coverage. Chamblee since joining Golf Channel after losing his PGA Tour card in '03, has "demonstrated himself to be knowledgeable about the professional game, refreshingly outspoken and relatively unconcerned about who he might offend." Chamblee "has spent most of his career commenting from Golf Channel's studios in Orlando," and the "next step is to see if he can do the same compelling work ... as a member of NBC's tournament team" (GOLF WORLD MONDAY, 3/21 issue). Meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, Tom Jones noted NBC analyst Johnny Miller Sunday during the final round of the PGA Tour Transitions Championship showed "why there might not be a better sports analyst on television." Miller questioned runner-up Webb Simpson's club choice on the final hole before he "drove his tee shot in to the bunker and ended up with a bogey" to give Gary Woodland the win. Jones: "Miller called it before he had seen it. It doesn't get any better than that, folks. ... Anyone can tell viewers what just happened. The best in the business, however, can tell us why it happened, and, better yet, what is about to happen" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/21).