On the air
Story By B.C. Rausch + Photos Courtesy of Richard Green/CBS Sports
Being in the gallery for the 2023 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and roaming the fairways of Harbour Town Golf Links is a treat, but some prefer to follow all the action from the comfort of their living rooms. Once again the tournament’s broadcast partner, CBS, will deliver Hilton Head in full color splendor.
This year’s coverage will feature different talent and some new technology and special effects. Just as golf equipment improves, so does the technology covering the game.
The network is covering 23 events in 2023, including the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time, which are the three final events of the PGA Tour season. The network will broadcast four of the PGA Tour’s new “designated events” (of which the RBC Heritage is one) and, of course, two majors — the Masters and the PGA Championship — as well as the Scottish Open, played the week before the Open Championship.
And in the “good news for consumers department,” the network is “softening the commercial load to streamline the viewer experience,” according to network executives. We’ll wait to see what that means.
Look for more drone footage and the “constant leaderboard” feature throughout the telecast. Additionally, there will be fly cams, boat cams and Atlas super, high-definition camera shots which will bring Calibogue Sound and its surroundings into your home like never before.
The goal of the telecast is to amplify the biggest moments on and off the course. Inside-the-ropes action and commentary will be supplemented by capturing the scenery, the crowds (the weekend is a sell-out) and spotlights on local initiatives in Hilton Head.
The new lead analyst this year is Trevor Immelman, who joined CBS Sports in December 2019 as a tower analyst. He replaces Sir Nick Faldo, who retired last year. So far Immelman has received high marks for his professionalism and preparation.
Originally from South Africa, Immelman competed professionally for two decades on multiple professional tours. An 11-time winner worldwide, he was Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour in 2006 and won the 2008 Masters tournament. He played on two Presidents Cup teams (2005, 2007) and captained the International Team at the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club (Charlotte, North Carolina).
The rest of the team
Likely a man who needs no introduction, Nantz joined CBS in 1985. A member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, he is the youngest to ever be inducted into both the Pro Football and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He also is a three-time Emmy Award-winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year.
After joining the CBS Sports golf team in 1986, he took over the anchor spot in April 1994, working first with Ken Venturi and then with Faldo. In 2007 Nantz became the first commentator in history to complete the broadcasting three-peat — calling the Super Bowl, NCAA Men’s Final Four and the Masters, all in a span of 63 days. He repeated the trifecta in 2010, 2013 and 2016. In 2019 and 2021 he completed an even rarer quintet, calling the AFC Championship, Super Bowl, Final Four, Masters and PGA Championship in a span of 120 days.
Among his other interests, Nantz produces artisanal wines under the brand The Calling and has collaborated with Vineyard Vines on a number of clothing collections that benefit Alzheimer’s research.
Baker-Finch, winner of 17 tournaments worldwide including The Open in 1991, has been an analyst with the CBS Sports golf team since 2007. He began his professional career on the Australian Tour in 1979 and has represented Australia in multiple international competitions. He served as Peter Thomson’s vice captain for the International Presidents Cup Team in 1996 and Gary Players’ assistant captain for the 2003, 2005 and 2007 International Presidents Cup Teams.
A veteran broadcaster and former professional golfer, Nobilo joined CBS Sports in 2015 and became a full-time analyst for the 2020 season. Born in New Zealand, he won 15 titles worldwide during more than two decades as a player, including two Sarazen World Opens and the PGA Tour’s 1997 Wyndham Championship. A three-time member of the International Presidents Cup team, he was assistant captain for the 2009 and 2011 teams. Nobilo is a veteran of several professional golf tours and represented New Zealand 12 times in the World Cup and 11 times in the Dunhill Cup. He began his professional playing career on the Australasian Tour in 1979 after winning the New Zealand Amateur in 1978. After retiring from professional golf in 2002 due to injuries, Nobilo was both a live tournament and studio analyst for Golf Channel.
Winner of 17 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, Pepper joined CBS Sports in 2016 as an on-course reporter and analyst. She was elevated to lead on-course reporter ahead of the 2020 season. In 17 years on the LPGA Tour, she won 17 times, including two majors: the 1992 and 1999 Chevron Championship. She was named the 1992 LPGA Player of the Year and won the Vare Trophy for low-scoring average that same year. A six-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team and 2013 assistant captain, Pepper also was the 1991 and 1992 South Carolina Professional Athlete of the Year and the 1993 Jim Thorpe Award winner. In addition she collected nine unofficial LPGA Tour wins and one win on the Japan LPGA Tour. Pepper has written children’s books and most recently, “Letters to a Future Champion.”
Since 2021 Knost has served as an on-course reporter for CBS. Before retiring from professional golf in 2020, he played for 14 years, with two victories on the Korn Ferry Tour. In 2007 he won both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and competed on the victorious 2007 Walker Cup team. Knost was the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world when he turned professional. He also co-hosts “Gravy and the Sleeze” on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio and the “Sub-Par” podcast.
Amanda Renner joined the CBS golf team full-time in 2018. She’s also a sideline reporter for select NFL and college football games as well as a panelist on “We Need to Talk,” and is in-house reporter for Callaway Golf and covers golf for Turner Sports. After working at Verizon Fios Channel 1 and MSG Network, she joined PGA Tour as in-house reporter and host in 2011. Renner is the founder of Puppies & Golf, a nonprofit that raises awareness for animal rescues around the country and supports families in need as well as organizations like K9s for Warriors.
Immelman is an on-course reporter for CBS Sports as well as an analyst for CBS Sports HQ and CBS Sports’ First Cut Podcast, PGA TOUR LIVE and is the host of “On the Mark,” a popular PGA Tour podcast. A well-renowned instructor, he has taught and/or consulted with numerous PGA Tour and DP World Tour players including Larry Mize, Loren Roberts, Scott Brown, Patton Kizzire and his brother, Trevor Immelman. Immelman wrote two ebooks: “Scandalously Simple – The Easy Way to Accurate Golf Shots” and “Golf is a Game of Recovery.”
Immelman was men’s coach and director of golf at Columbus State University (Georgia) for 20 seasons (2001-21). While playing for Columbus State, he was a four-time All American and a member of two NCAA Division II National Championship teams. As coach he was two-time NCAA Division II Atlantic/Southeast Region Coach of the Year, Peachbelt Conference Coach of the Year and the 2009 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.
Watch it live
CBS coverage of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will air from 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 15-16). Golf Channel will cover the tournament from 3-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday (April 13-14) and 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 15-16). Check local listings for updates.