Lynch laugh aside, Nick Faldo shows at Bob Hope why he's now golf's most entertaining color commentator
Nick Faldo probably wishes he could have back that laugh he let out at Kelly Tilghman’s inexplicable - and still pretty much unexplained by her - lynch Tiger Woods line. And if he doesn’t, he should. For most TV talking heads, you could brush it off as simply a nervous response to an offensive crack by a co-worker.
Only Faldo doesn’t seem to do nervous and he definitely doesn’t usually do the tired fake TV laugh. Faldo should have called Tilghman on the line right there on air.
Still, without Tilghman in the booth at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Faldo continues to show why he’s the one voice the Golf Channel cannot afford to lose.
Take these lines from just one hour of watching Faldo in the early rounds.
On actor Kyle MacLachlan who told Golf Channel’s play-by-play voice during the Tilghman suspension Rich Lerner that he was a huge Faldo fan during Faldo’s playing days:
“I’d love to have the chance to talk to him about my game,” Faldo quipped. “Tell me how wonderful I was.”
On national saxaphone embarrassment Kenny G:
“How does he pronounce his G?” And yes it went completely over Lerner’s head, which made it even funnier.
On the image of John Daly putting flashing on the screen after Faldo talked about his new fitness regiment at age 50 (no carbs after lunch):
“It’s all about discipline … Which brings us to John Daly.”
Heck, even Faldo’s story about his mom always splitting her doughnuts in half was interesting, twice as compelling as most golf talk on the air.
At one point, Faldo even fooled Lerner into thinking he was speaking in French. He wasn’t (though he never felt the need to correct it.) It’s slang Lerner, a little slang. Yes, so far Faldo’s been toying a little with the often earnestly befuddled Lerner - in a fun way.
In short, Faldo did the impossible: He transformed the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic - which even makes the fields at the Hawaii events look star-studded by comparison - into something watchable. There’s no doubt. Faldo’s the most entertaining color commentator in golf. Johnny Miller is only holding onto that status by reputation. He’s been passed.
Now, I’d be the first to admit, I could be a little biased when he comes to Faldo. He once helped my mom who has multiple sclerosis off a bus when my mom had no clue in the world who he was. But I still stick by the Faldo’s now the most entertaining voice in golf point being completely valid.
After all, TravelGolf.com blogger RonMon could save three generations of my family from giant Godzilla-sized man-eating fire ants and I’d still never say he was funny.
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An 'Oeuf' is an egg in french which is what he was trying to explain, but unfortunately he got the phrase wrong.
What he was trying to say was a 'Neuf' (nine) is a 'neuf' a play on words , especially on the golf course where you're trying to say 'enough is enough' after taking a nine on your scorecard. Maybe The Golf Channel should have a Canadian working with Faldo, someone who can bridge the European and American sensitivities
You've been served by the Lefty Canuck!
I prefer the straight approach, for example Ian Baker Finch. But then again, I've been a golf fan since at least 1970, and I never believed the broadcasts benefited from locker room or teasing banter between the announcers. I think that Tilghman may have been more prone to make a clumsy hurting comment because of the circumstances inherent with working with Faldo, who always seems to make the broadcast off-balance while he struggles to find the next cutesy remark.
The reason Tilghman's comment slipped past him is because he's British. They don't have the sensitivity to a racially-charged word like lynch. It's strictly an American thing.
Say you're sorry before you have to do it to try and save your career and people tend to look at as more sincere. The world's crazy like that.
Sorry, Chris, but to deliberately draw attention to someone's "faux pas" on air would not have been the gentlemanly thing to do. A quiet word in her ear afterwards would be as far as he would go - and infinitely more sensitive?
Why haven't you been apologizing, then, since you first put pen to paper? Just wondering...
"Faldo should have corrected her on the spot, but boy that guy sure is funny. What next Baldwin? Hootie should be president of the NAACP and will be carving the Baldwin turkey at thanksgiving for life because he let you get a free round at Augusta? It seems like your morals have a low value on them when it comes to recognizing what's right and what isn't about the politics of golf.
I know because I'm still asked if I'm the caddy whenever I go out there to swing it, and kick everybody's Baldwin to boot.
Faldo's great but don't hang the blame for chiding his fellow commentator around the guy's neck. Its a-holes like you who joke about that stuff privately that create the situation where it seeps out on-air. And the fact that you would even write a post saying that she (i'm not saying her name) owes her career to Tiger shows that you value that and the mighty US $ over the right thing.
Its the Nassau street coke again, right? Remember, do the coke AFTER you write the blog entry, not before.
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