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I spent the weekend following Tiger`s progress at the WGC tournament on my XM radio. The feed they broadcast was the one used on EuropeanTour.com. If you spent any time listening online you already understand why I am about to wax enthusiastic.

Television shows you pictures. The commentators give you technical detail and then let you watch the shot after which they analyze the swing. On radio, they have to paint the picture for you and the British commentators do it better than anyone else. With their colorful language they give you a great sense of the weather conditions as well as the condition of the course.

Many a time, you`ll hear the commentator huffing and puffing as he walks briskly up the fairway to cover the next shot. Occasionally they`ll stop a bystander to their take on the events at hand. Impromptu interviews with family members gathered around the greens, is not uncommon either. My favourite moment this weekend was when one commentator complained about his back while he bent down for a better view. It was a situation we can all relate to.

Johnny Miller is lauded by many as the best golf analyst in the U.S. Perhaps he can be reasonably regarded as the best (most colorful¦most controversial) on TV but whether it be the U.S. crew that brings us the PGA Tour events in America every week or their British counterparts broadcasting European Events, a good radio commentator can beat a great TV analyst any day of the week.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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