By Alex Myers
Joe Buck, Fox Sports' lead football and baseball announcer, will head the network's golf broadcast team, Sports Business Daily reported on Monday. Buck will work alongside Greg Norman beginning at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
For many, the Norman choice may come as a surprise, but Golf Digest's Tim Rosaforte reported the two-time major winner was offered the job in August.
Fox acquired rights to the U.S. Open last year, signing a 12-year deal with the USGA worth more than $1 billion. NBC had broadcast the tournament since 1995.
Buck is a member of Old Warson Country Club in Ladue, Missouri, where he carries a 3.6 handicap index and hosts an annual charity golf tournament. Buck has never announced golf before, but he's called more than his fair share of huge sports moments. Here, he and Troy Aikman describe David Tyree's improbable reception from Eli Manning during the Giants' upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII:
And here he is making an identical home run call in the 2011 World Series to the one his father, Jack, a legendary baseball announcer, made in the 1991 Fall Classic:
Buck and Norman will be replacing NBC's Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller. Good luck, guys. Those are some big chairs to fill.