Nothing is official, but there’s buzz floating around the sports world today that Greg Norman’s departure from Fox Sports may have been done to pave the way for Tiger Woods. While no one is expecting Woods to actually move to Fox, it’s always fun to look at worst-case-scenarios.
On Monday, Fox Sports spat Greg Norman out of their mouth. Norman was at the helm for their coverage of the 2015 U.S. Open, which was universally panned for its uninspiring calls, despite the 72nd hole drama with Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. Paul Azinger was immediately tipped as the replacement to commentate alongside Joe Buck, but then rumors about Woods started to surface.
According to a Gold Digest article:
[Woods] has always been at his most comfortable and very best when talking about golf, which until further notice, remains his lifeblood. We got a strong indication of that last month during his perceptive stint in the booth at the Hero Challenge, which occurred in the midst of an injury-induced transitional public moment when he showed a willingness to slip into elder statesman mode.
Point is, when it comes to golf geek commentary and dumbing it down, Woods is one of the best in the game.
Who wouldn’t want to listen to Tiger break down another player’s swing or discuss strategy on various shots and holes? Exactly. We all would be glued to our TVs (silly season or not), hanging on to his every word. And we definitely wouldn’t be watching the coverage on mute.
Just like Jeff Gordon will be in the commentary box for the 2016 NASCAR season, having Woods at the microphone would be pure gold dust. Screw Joe Buck and his boring, outdated calls. Having a legend calling the shots would ignite golf fans across the country.
While Tiger is probably too smart to jump over to the Fox Sports dark side, he’d likely give it more thought than in the past. He will be sidelined for most of 2016 – barring some miracle – and nothing would inspire him to make a comeback more than watching his peers battle it out for major championships from the commentary booth.
It’s a long-shot, but it’s fun to dream.