Just like the rest of the Fox Sports broadcast, reporter Holly Sonders had a rough U.S. Open, punctuating things with a two-question interview of winner Jordan Spieth that focused on whether he had packed an extra change of clothes in case of a playoff.
And now Sonders won’t be doing any more post-round interviews.
Aaron Kasinitz of PennLive.com reports that Fox Sports has reassigned Sonders for this weekend’s U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania. She will host a 30-minute show on Fox Sports 1 after the third and fourth rounds, while Shane O’Donoghue will conduct the on-course interviews.
Fox Sports coordinating producer Mark Loomis insisted to Kasinitz that the move was a matter of logistics, not performance.
“We’re not reassigning Holly because she did a bad job,” he said. “I think Holly’s been great for us. It’s just that she can’t do both the postgame show and the interviews.”
Loomis also gave Sonders a vote of confidence.
“What I would tell Holly is that it was her first time doing an interview in that situation,” Loomis said. “She’s doing a lot of good things.”