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USGA, Fox deliver winner at U.S. Open
It looks as if the USGA temporarily has redeemed itself with this past weekend’s U.S. Open.

Though the first seven holes at Pebble Beach turned into a birdie-fest, the rest of the course played tough, like traditional U.S. Open venues of the past.

The greens looked great and fast, and most importantly, fair. The rough was penal, but again, fair. For the first time in a long time, the setup of the golf course seemed perfect.

And kudos to Fox, which finally produced a great broadcast experience for its viewers (“Finally, Fox can focus on golf at U.S. Open,” June 17).

Paul Azinger, Brad Faxon and Curtis Strange were very good, and Joe Buck did his usual great job of running the ship. Most importantly, they sprinkled in a little of Tiger Woods after he fell out of competition and didn’t club us over the head with constant references to Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Here’s hoping that the USGA doesn’t freak out at the winning score of 13 under and go back to its old ways next year at Winged Foot.

Frank Blauch
Lebanon, Pa.


Give Fox credit for Open coverage
Fox hit its stride with the U.S. Open coverage (“Finally, Fox can focus on golf at U.S. Open,” June 17).

The camera shots were spectacular, showing the difficulty from the player’s perspective. The features of the dogs on the beach and historical pieces of Alister MacKenzie and Willie Anderson were well-produced and informative.

The announcing team was spot on. Brad Faxon is becoming a star, and Joe Buck and Paul Azinger are the new gold standard.

Jeff Swanson
Bend, Ore.


What broadcast was Michaux watching?
The recent golf that we witnessed was extremely entertaining, with a popular winner and an inspiring defense of the title by the runner-up. Unfortunately, we had to endure some absolutely nauseating commentary to be able to watch and listen to the live presentation of our national open. I really have no idea which broadcast Scott Michaux was watching and/or listening to (“Finally, Fox can focus on golf at U.S. Open,” June 17).

If the brass at Fox had an ounce of brains, they would retire Curtis Strange's walking shoes and, after ordering Brad Faxon to take an extremely long walk off of a very short pier, promote him to the booth where he belongs. Never have I heard such a nonstop delivery of non-value-added diarrhea by a broadcaster in my life, and there have been plenty who were less than good. The man has to add his two cents to every statement made by any other broadcaster, and he just can't shut his mouth. A little bit of Faxon’s nonsense goes an awfully long way. It's a blessing that we won't have to listen to it for at least another year.

And, Ken Brown's open cheering for Rory McIlroy to "make this putt" has no place on a broadcast, unless Fox isn't interested in presenting a non-biased production. Brown can stay home and root all he wants for his favorite, as long as we don't have to listen to him doing it.

The best part of the U.S. Open is that this year’s broadcast is over.

Dave Parske
Fort Myers, Fla.


Michaux produces spot-on commentary
Scott Michaux’s column was spot on as Fox presented a very entertaining U.S. Open (“Finally, Fox can focus on golf at U.S. Open,” June 17).

Fox was even able to get off of Tiger Woods when he fell out of contention and not rush to follow every shot. On the other hand, Fox needed to show almost every shot that Brooks Koepka hit Saturday and Sunday. That is where Fox came up short. But any broadcast compared to CBS and Ian Baker-Finch has to look good.

Gary Cohen
Great Neck, N.Y.


Way to go, Fox … with 1 suggestion
The article written by Scott Michaux was spot on (“Finally, Fox can focus on golf at U.S. Open,” June 17). Fox's coverage of the tournament was excellent.

Having the last few holes go commercial-free, which Fox has done before, is an outstanding concept. CBS and NBC, are you listening?

During the hours that I watched the tournament, there were two things that I wished they would have shown, and it's not a complaint. Just an idea. And if Fox did do these two things, then I missed it.

Many times during the four days, reference was made comparing the AT&T Pro-Am PGA Tour stop in February and the U.S. Open. I wish they could have somehow made a side-by-side comparison to show the viewers at home exactly how much longer and difficult the U.S. Open course was set up. Maybe even some kind of overlay comparing the two.

It would have been interesting to see what the width of the fairways at the AT&T Pro-Am looked like compared with the U.S. Open fairways, and the location of the tee boxes as well.

Also, compare some of the statistics between the two tournaments. Viewers would find that interesting.

Fox Sports, pat yourself on the back. You did a great job.
I'm looking forward to your coverage next year.

Layne Yawn
Jonesboro, Ark.


One man’s loss is another’s gain
I hardly could contain my excitement Friday when Fox showed Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson looking for D.J.'s lost ball. Thank you, USGA, for reducing the time to look for a lost ball to 3 minutes.

Griggy Porter
Matthews, N.C.


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