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Brad Faxon on playing golf with the President, working with Rory McIlroy, and correcting last year’s U.S. Open “girlfriend gaffe”

By Alex Myers
Brad Faxon is an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour and a two-time Ryder Cupper, but it was a much more recent round playing from the member’s tees at Trump National in Jupiter, Fla., which garnered an inordinate amount of attention. That’s what happens when you play in a foursome with Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and the President of the United States.

“I was very happy I birdied the first hole and nobody else did so I got that monkey off my back right away,” Faxon told Golf Digest about that much-talked-about round in November. “It was definitely the most notoriety I had received in a longtime playing golf . . . so when I finished that round there were more calls and texts than a lot of previous rounds I’ve had.”

But while the 56-year-old Faxon’s best days as a player are behind him, he’s just hitting his stride as a golf analyst for Fox. And he will play a major role again in the network’s fourth U.S. Open broadcast since acquiring TV rights from the USGA beginning in 2015.


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Faxon joined the Golf Digest Podcast to discuss Fox’s coverage from Shinnecock Hills, his work on the greens with Rory McIlroy, his U.S. Open sleepers, correcting Joe Buck’s on-air “girlfriend gaffe,” and yes, that pairing with Tiger, Dustin and Donald. Ryan Herrington and Joel Beall also joined me to preview this year’s second men’s major. Please have a listen:

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