A few months ago I wrote about the women of the golf channel and it has been a very popular post. I’m an equal opportunity writer so today I am focusing on the men of the Golf Channel. I won’t be highlighting all of them (obviously there are a lot more male announcers, analysts, and TV personalities than women on the golf channel); so visit the golf channel website if you are looking for bios on Nike Faldo, Frank Nobilo, or other big name golfers now working for the Golf Channel. Here are five of my favorite men of the Golf Channel.
(1) Gary Williams – Anyone that has read my blog knows I am a fan of the Morning Drive show. Williams has always been my favorite host for two reasons. First, he has the perfect on-air style for an early morning show. He has passion for what he does but he delivers it with a laid-back style. In other words you would never call him a “morning shock jock.”
The second reason I like Williams is because he let’s his guest’s talk. Yes, he has opinions and shares his views; but he also gives plenty of air time to other people joining him on the show. As of May, Williams has been hosting without Erik Kuselias and frankly it is a better show. I hope the Golf Channel executives keep Gary Williams and Holly Saunders as the mainstay personalities; while bringing on interesting co-hosts to “sit across” from Williams to discuss the days events in golf.
(2) David Feherty — Given that I love Gary Williams because he is not a “shock jock,” it might surprise people that I like David Feherty. His humor can sometimes be a bit overboard but I do love his on-course commentary and his show, Feherty.
I don’t really consider him a “shock jock” (although Ernie Els called him that in a Golf.com article). He pokes fun at golfers and he gets away with it because he is “one of them” and he is also very self-deprecating. It seems that most golfers take his humor in-stride and expect some good-natured teasing from Feherty.
On the other hand, Feherty does have a serious side. On his show, he gave a heart-felt thank you to Tom Watson on the help Tom gave him at a difficult time in his life. He also does wonderful interviews with other big personalities who love the game of golf (e.g. President Clinton, Donald Trump).
(3) Tom Abbott — Most folks that watch the golf channel these days will recognize Abbott as a co-host of the reality golf show, The Big Break.
Abbot does a great job on The Big Break but I really enjoy listening to Abbot’s commentary during LPGA tournament coverage. I will admit that I do like his English accent but what I really enjoy is his enthusiasm for what he is witnessing on the course. It really adds to the viewing experience.
(4) Jerry Foltz – Foltz is another on-course reporter that I enjoy when watching the LPGA on the golf channel. He also does other golf tours (as does Tom Abbot).
I became an even bigger fan of Foltz when he co-hosted Morning Drive with Gary Williams. If the golf channel executives feel they must put another permanent co-host on the show, I would encourage them to give the job to Jerry Foltz.
The reason I like Foltz is that he has a good sense of humor and the chemistry between him and the rest of the cast; especially Gary Williams, is great. Foltz and Williams give each other a bit of a ribbing (e.g. like brothers) and it can be very funny. Foltz has also hosted the show when Williams is on vacation; and like Williams, his personal style is great for a morning show.
(5) Jason Sobel – Sobel is technically not a “TV personality” on the Golf Channel. He is a Senior writer on GolfChannel.com but often appears on The Grey Goose 19th-hole as a panel expert and on Morning Drive as a guest analyst.
But the reason I really love Jason Sobel is because of his tweets. I’m not the only one that enjoys his 140-character commentary — Sobel has over 41,000 followers. Some might call him the “king of twitter for the golf channel,” but Feherty might want that crown given he has over 138,000 followers. I would argue that folks are following Feherty for outrageous comic relief. If you follow Sobel, you get clever, often funny, informative golf tweets.
It was tough to pick my top 5 because there are other men of the golf channel I really enjoy and provide excellent commentary; including Brandle Chamblee, Tripp Isenhour, and Charlie Rymer. I have not listed any of the golf instructors on the Golf Channel (that’s a topic for another blog post) but if you want to check out the top shows you should watch School of Golf with Martin Hall and The Golf Fix with Michael Breed.
Don’t see your favorite Golf Channel guy listed? Leave a comment on who you like and why.