Trevor Immelman is a “logical successor” to lead CBS golf analyst Nick Faldo, though his brother, Mark, "clearly has been more effective in his part-time responsibilities ... in terms of conveying sheer insight to viewers," according to John Hawkins of MORNING READ. Trevor is an "affable chap whose polished delivery makes him easy to comprehend.” Additionally, his win at the '08 Masters "qualified him as a replacement for Faldo, at least in the eyes of CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus." It marks a "continuation of the network’s longstanding practice of pairing a major champion with [Jim] Nantz in the 18th tower." However, that is a "cockeyed mindset ... that prioritizes street cred over broadcasting ability.” Mark was a "terrific collegiate golfer at Columbus State," but he "never played on the PGA Tour." Trevor's "most obvious weakness is his apparent inability to diagnose poor shots, something his brother does quite well" (SI.com, 6/28).
OLD RIVALRIES NEVER DIE: GOLF DIGEST's Joel Beall noted Faldo earlier this week took to Twitter to discuss his impending retirement from the booth and made it clear he was not heading to LIV Golf. Faldo said, "One little thing that’s been talked about a lot of course is the 54 tour. And I thought I would just say, No. 1, I am retiring because of travel, I don’t want to travel. No. 2, if I do call anything, I would like to call some championship golf. And No. 3, do you think Greg (Norman) wants to see my boat race, my face, around for about 10 weeks a year or more. I don’t think so.” Beall noted Faldo and Norman "are rivals from the days when both were at the top of their respective games and have never been the best of friends" and Faldo famously won the '96 Masters after Norman's back-nine collapse (GOLF DIGEST, 6/28).