Golf notebook: Faxon, Fay to join Fox broadcasts
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--Brad Faxon and David Fay are the latest additions to Fox Sports' team that the will begin telecasting United States Golf Association events next year.
Fay was executive director of the USGA for 21 years, while Faxon ranks 50th on the PGA Tour's all-time money list.
"(Faxon) still has great relationships with, and knowledge of, today's Tour players, and that insight will prove invaluable to our telecasts," said Mark Loomis, Fox's coordinating golf producer.
"David has been synonymous with the USGA, its championships and history for decades, so adding him to our team was a no-brainer."
Fox already lined up join Joe Buck and Greg Norman to report from the booth, and Holly Sonders, who came over from the Golf Channel, for on-course commentary.
Among the USGA events Fox will broadcast are the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women's Open and the U.S. Senior Open, along with selected amateur tournaments.
--Paul McGinley of Ireland, the European captain for the Ryder Cup in September at Gleneagles in Scotland, withdrew from the PGA Championship this week at Valhalla because of bursitis in his left shoulder.
McGinley and Tom Watson, the U.S. captain, both were exempt into the PGA.
"It's a pity, because I would have loved to have teed up at Valhalla, but I assessed the situation over the past couple of weeks during my family holiday and I think this is the sensible decision," McGinley said in a statement.
McGinley, who missed the cut in six of his last seven events as he concentrates on his Ryder Cup duties, said his doctors advised him to rest the shoulder for a couple of months.
--The LPGA Tour announced the addition of the Coates Golf Championship to its 2015 schedule and said the tournament would kick off the new season.
The event will be played from Jan. 28-31 at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla., running from Wednesday through Saturday because the Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, Feb. 1.
"We are excited to partner with Coates Golf to have the 2015 LPGA season begin in Florida," LPGA commissioner Michael Whan said. "Playing back-to-back events in Florida and the Bahamas in the East Coast time zone will be a great way for our fans to watch our first two events of the year live on Golf Channel."
The Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, which opened this season, will be contested the week after the Coates Golf Championship.
This will mark the second consecutive season in which the LPGA played an official event in January. Before 2014, the last official tour event in January was in 2001.
--Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., was selected by the United States Golf Association to host the 2018 Curtis Cup.
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