Even with a 35-year pro playing career, Davis Love III needed a boot camp to prepare for his CBS debut this weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open as an on-course commentator.
Playing is one thing, talking about it on national television is another, and when Love signed on with CBS to join the likes of Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo on the broadcast team, he wasn’t going to just jump on the air and wing it.
“When we first met with Davis a couple of years ago, he said to us, ‘My main motivation is to learn the business. You guys tell me to pull cable, and I’ll learn from the ground up,’ ” CBS sports Chairman Sean McManus recounted on a conference call last week.
“Literally and figuratively, he is learning from the ground up. He’s going to do the West Coast Swing as an on-course reporter.
“The prerequisite of being good in the broadcast field is being really committed to learning the craft,” McManus said. “Davis wants to be really good, and I think that will be the end result.”
Love, 55 and the winner of 21 PGA Tour events, including the 1997 PGA Championship, practiced for his new gig by doing mock commentary while following his brother and friends around on the…
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