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ESPN Receives Praise For Focusing On Tiger During First Round Of British Open
Published July 20, 2012
PETER PIPER: YAHOO SPORTS' Wall wrote one of the "great things about ESPN covering the British Open is the addition of world-class BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss to [the] booth." Wall: "There isn't a better voice or storyteller in the game than Alliss, and he once again reinforced that claim with a story about some rabbits on the course” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/19). Golfweek's Beth Ann Baldry wrote on Twitter, "Wish I could listen to Peter Alliss on every golf broadcast. He makes it a totally different viewing experience." USA Today's Gary Mihoces wrote, "Enjoying #ESPN coverage of (British) Open. Just wish Peter Alliss was still on the air. Re bunkers: I couldn't get out of them in an ATV." Golf World's Bill Fields wrote, "Peter Alliss is to the BBC Open broadcast what Johnny Carson was to half past 11.
BRINGING IN THE BIG GUNS: In London, Brian Barwick reported the BBC "has responded" to criticism of its golf coverage earlier this year from R&A CEO Peter Dawson by adding Golf HOFer Nick Faldo to its Open Championship coverage. Alliss remains "the signature voice of the sport" and listening to him last weekend at the Scottish Open, it was evident he is still "the man to beat" (London DAILY MAIL, 7/19).