two years ago has turned into a working vacation
for the face and voice of CBS Sports.
“To me, this is the event I’ve wanted to
work,” Nantz said between on-air shifts during
He was at Turnberry as a spectator in 2009,
walking around listening to a radio broadcast
of the action, when he was invited to sit in for a
short visit during the BBC broadcast.
In 2010, Nantz made another on-air visit with
the BBC and it blossomed into a working vaca-
tion this year. He did two shifts both Thursday and
Friday, calling the action, then spent the weekend
in the studio with, among others, Alliss.
Nantz will be back to his regular job when
CBS televises the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Clas-
sic July 28-31.
my family first.”
He was in the Pacific on Monday and again on
Tuesday morning, intent on tiring himself out for
the long flight from San Francisco to London.
On Thursday, Barnes was up at 5: 30 a.m.
and, around 1 p.m., found out Colsaerts had
withdrawn and he was in the 2:54 p.m. tee
time, having played just 14 practice holes
at Royal St. George’s. Barnes opened with a
2-under par 68. He finished T57.
finished T9, giving him his
second top- 10 finish in a major this year (T7 at
the U.S. Open). Only
, who had top 10s at Augusta Na-
tional and Congressional, also have a pair of
top 10s in majors this year.
On Tuesday morning of Open week,
was in California, swimming in the
Barnes was far down the alter-
nate list when he went to the John
Deere Classic, where he missed
the cut. After two days of golf in
Chicago, Barnes flew home to San
Jose, Calif., on Monday morning.
While he was in the air, he learned
he had become the first alternate
and he was aware Colsaearts may
be forced to drop out due to injuries
from a scooter accident.
“I said that if I was the first al-
ternate, I was coming over regardless,” Barnes
said. “But I decided to spend some time with
was at Royal St.
George’s Tuesday for a Golf Foundation func-
tion, having failed to qualify for the Open for the
first time in 22 years. “My credentials say, ‘Not
admitted to course.’ Talk about kicking a man
in the teeth,” he said.
If you didn’t know beforehand, you could
tell when Fowler, Mickelson, Johnson and
reached the 18th green in their
Tuesday practice round, there was more than
standard prep work.
It was apparent in the way Mickelson paced
off a wedge shot into the final green. It was also
apparent in the time Overton took studying a 60-
foot birdie putt from behind the 18th green and
the way Overton jumped when he holed the shot.
It was good enough that Mickelson – Overton’s
teammate in their match – pulled the ball out of
the cup and kissed it. l
article text for page
< previous story
next story >
Share this page with a friend
Save to “My Stuff”
Subscribe to this magazine