- Fox Sports fired Greg Norman as their lead golf analyst
- Reports say he was not very original and therefore replaceable
Greg Norman, two-time major champion winner and former World No. 1, was fired from Fox Sports as their lead golf analyst after just two televised events.
Golfweek Magazine and Golf.com reported Sunday night that Norman is being replaced for next year. Fox Sports started a 12-year contract with the USGA last year, that includes the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and its other championships. An official announcement is said to be made later today by Fox.
Sources close to Fox shed a bit more light on the situation, saying Norman “didn’t do his homework and he didn’t know any players who weren’t Australian.”
As a former major winning golfer, people were expecting Norman to be enthusiastic with his broadcasting, having the ability to relate to the golfers playing in the tournaments. He was deemed too passive, most notably on Sunday when Dustin Johnson missed a short putt on the 72nd hole to force a Monday playoff, during the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Norman did nothing to share with audiences on how Johnson may have been feeling in that moment, even though he himself had experienced losses in similar fashion.
Although he sat in the lead analyst chair, he didn’t do much leading when it came down to analyzing. Now the question is: who will replace him?