January 8 2011
Brad Faxon won’t be back in the broadcast booth this season after NBC chose to not renew his contract for 2011. Faxon, who had a one-year deal and worked seven events for the network last year, will instead focus on his playing career.
“Technically I was never fired so that’s the good news,” Faxon joked when reached at his home in Rhode Island. “I was disappointed because I really enjoyed it and was more surprised than anything because I kind of expected to do it again.
“It seems to be more of an economics thing than a talent thing.”
Instead, NBC will use Peter Jacobsen in an increased role. Jacobsen will be on hand at eight events -- the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, THE PLAYERS, the U.S. Open, and three PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup events.
Last year, Faxon and Jacobsen overlapped in covering a few events for the network.
Faxon doesn’t have any ill feelings toward Jacobsen over the decision.
“He does a great job and is a great friend,” Faxon said.
Faxon, who will turn 50 on Aug. 1, has only past champion status on the PGA TOUR this season and will have to rely on sponsor exemptions. He has eight career wins with the last coming at the 2005 Buick Championship.
“I think the plan will be to play much as I can on TOUR and then on Aug. 1 it’s going to be an easy decision -- if I’ve played well I’ll stay out there and finish up on the regular TOUR, if I’m playing poorly then I’ll go straight to the Champions Tour.”
As for returning to the booth in the future, Faxon isn’t ruling it out.
“Yeah, I think [I’d like to],” Faxon said. “I don’t know if it will end up being a career or not, but I think I could do a good job. I felt like I improved as time went on.
“The hardest part was when everybody found out and they started calling me.” -- Brian Wacker