Frank Nobilo joins CBS PGA Tour coverage, leaves Golf Channel; T. Immelman, Wie join team
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Frank Nobilo joins CBS PGA Tour coverage, leaves Golf Channel; T. Immelman, Wie join team



CBS Sports announced the next steps in their overhaul of their PGA Tour coverage team for 2020, adding new members and expanding roles for several others.

Perhaps the biggest move is the elevation and expansion of Frank Nobilo's role with the team. Nobilo is now a full-time member of the CBS Sports PGA Tour team, serving in an analyst role that will see him leave Golf Channel. Nobilo has been with Golf Channel since 2004, and the former PGA Tour winner has been a crucial part of Golf Channel's "Live From" coverage at golf's biggest tournaments. Nobilo joined the CBS team in a part-time capacity in 2015, commentating on special events, including the Masters.

It's unclear where Nobilo will slot in now, whether it's as a direct replacement of sorts for Gary McCord, whose contract was not renewed this fall, or if he would become a fixture in the 18th tower. It's likely he could see both roles, depending on the tournament and the availability of Sir Nick Faldo.

Michelle Wie, the 2014 US Women's Open champion, has also joined the CBS Sports team for multimedia golf coverage, including at the Masters. Wie, who has been out of action with continued wrist and hand problems, was a strong contributor for Golf Channel's coverage of the 2019 Solheim Cup.

Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters winner, is joining the team as an analyst for PGA Tour coverage, as well on Masters and PGA Championship coverage. Mark Immelman, Trevor's brother and the Director of Golf for Columbus State University, will be an increasing presence on coverage, too, working at least half of CBS PGA Tour events in 2020. He joined CBS Sports in 2016 and hosts the "On the Mark" podcast for the PGA Tour. He will continue to be part of digital and broadcast coverage of the Masters and PGA Championship.

Andrew Catalon, who has been a play-by-play announcer for CBS coverage of the NFL and college basketball, now takes over as the secondary host for select PGA Tour events. He takes over from Bill Macatee in that role. Catalon has been a part of CBS Sports' digital coverage of the Masters and PGA Championship since early in the decade.

Dottie Pepper, who joined CBS Sports in 2015, has been promoted to lead on-course reporter.

These moves follow adding Davis Love III as a full-time analyst, as well the decisions to let McCord and Peter Kostis go after three decades each with the network.

Jim Nantz, Amanda Balionis and Ian Baker-Finch remain parts of the team.

Were these the right moves?

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