Barrow to step down as CBS prepares for more golf changes

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — CBS Sports, which already has gone through additions and subtractions going into its golf season, had one of the biggest changes when Lance Barrow announced he was stepping down as producer after the 2020 season.

Barrow will be succeeded by Sellers Shy, who will increase his duties next year.

Shy will be only the third coordinating producer for golf at CBS over the last 60 years. Frank Chirkinian had that role from 1959 until he retired in 1996 and was replaced by Barrow.

Barrow first joined CBS in 1976 as a spotter and researcher for Pat Summerall during NFL games. In addition to golf, he was coordinating producer of the NFL and lead producer from 2004 to 2017, along with producing four Super Bowls. He has won 12 Emmy Awards at CBS. Barrow stays on in an advisory role.

“For over 40 years, Lance has embodied the tradition and history of CBS Sports golf and set the standard of excellence in golf production,” said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. “He is a golf institution and has been a tremendous ambassador of the sport on behalf of CBS Sports.”

International team player Abraham Ancer plays his second shot on the sixth hole in his singles match during the Presidents Cup golf tournament. PHOTO: AP

Shy first worked with CBS as a spotter during the 1987 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic in Memphis. He has produced the PGA Tour, NFL, NCAA basketball and highlight shows for the Masters and PGA Championship during his career at CBS. Shy currently produces the Asia Pacific Amateur and Latin America Amateur.

MASTERS PUSH

With most of the attention on the Presidents Cup last week, Jazz Janewattananond won the Indonesian Masters for his third Asian Tour victory of the year and secured a spot in the real Masters.

The 24-year-old Thai moved to 45th in the world ranking and is guaranteed to finish among the top 50, one of the criteria used by Augusta National for its Masters field.

This is the final week of tournaments around the world, with Australian PGA Championship in Gold Coast and the Thailand Masters on the Asian Tour.

That means Victor Perez of France (44th), Andrew Putnam and Erik Van Rooyen are assured of finishing in the top 50 and securing spots in the Masters. This week will determine another spot. Adam Hadwin is projected to finish the year at 50th, but he could get bumped if two-time Australian PGA champion Cameron Smith finishes in a two-way tie for third of better.

LOST IN TRANSLATION

One of his best weeks in golf ended on a sour note for Abraham Ancer, not just because he lost his singles match to Tiger Woods, but because of scrutiny to his reply in Mexico last month about the Presidents Cup.

Asked during the Mayakoba Classic about his debut in the matches, specifically singles, Ancer said he’d like to play Woods, “but the truth is that our objective is do everything we can to win. Winning a match in the singles would be very special, so we need to try to get the Cup.”

The match turned on the 14th hole when Woods made a six-foot par putt and Ancer missed from just inside that to fall two down. Woods closed him out with a birdie on the 16th hole.

“Abe wanted it — he got it,” Woods said during the winner’s press conference.

Ancer said the question in Mayakoba was in Spanish and the tone wasn’t presented the right way.

“It was never like cocky or challenging or anything like that,” he said. “At the moment I thought it would be a great experience, which it was. No matter what, with the outcome of the match, I would have gained a lot. I would have become a better player just from being in that situation.”

Woods was asked if he was aware of the comment and replied, “Yes,” before the reporter finished asking the question. As the question resumed, Woods simply said, “Next.”