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Fox Sports signs Curtis Strange

Curtis Strange signed to Fox Sports to be its lead on-course reporter.
Curtis Strange signed to Fox Sports to be its lead on-course reporter. (Associated Press)

Fox Sports continues to revamp its talent roster with the addition of Curtis Strange, who will be the network’s lead on-course reporter.

In a phone conversation with Golfweek, Strange confirmed that he signed a three-year contract with Fox on Feb. 25.

“I wanted to work another contract. I’m 61 now, somewhat physically fit – that’s debatable,” he said, with a laugh. “I enjoy the TV role.”

Strange had been working as a tower analyst for ESPN, but that network’s golf inventory has been cut substantially with the loss of the early-round U.S. Open rights and the decision last year to give up its British Open rights with one year remaining on the contract. Strange said that led him to “put out a couple of feelers.” He had worked with Mark Loomis, Fox’s golf producer, at ABC and ESPN, and Strange said he and Loomis have stayed in touch over the years.

This will be Strange’s first job as an on-course reporter. He worked as a lead analyst for ABC and later as a hole announcer for ESPN. But he said has wanted to try on-course work since his ABC days.

“I always felt like if I worked on course, I’d more appreciate their role just as I now appreciate a hole announcer now after working it for ESPN,” Strange said. “I always said if I ever went back to an analyst’s position, which I never will, I’d be a better analyst because you understand everybody else’s role in the system.”

Strange said he will work the Masters for ESPN before his first assignment with Fox at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball in May. He also will work the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Amateur.

“I’m excited to have another opportunity,” Strange said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen because all three teams (at networks that air golf) were locked up with solid announcers. I’m very fortunate to find a role and a role I’m very much looking forward to simply because you’re right there in the middle of the action.”

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