Golf Channel And Jim Gray

Jim Gray has been pulled from this weekend's assigning after a controversy with Dustin Johnson's caddie following the first round Thursday at Riviera Country Club.

It was removing him from the coverage so as not to be a beguilement.

Johnson's caddie, Bobby Brown, argued with Gray on Thursday in the scoring area, telling the veteran broadcaster that he should not have been discussing a rules incident with Johnson on the course during the round.

Johnson (four time winner) was nearly disqualified and was assessed a two stroke penalty because he was late for his first round tee time. Gray spoke to Johnson about it later in the round, something that Brown and others in the group took issue with.

Golf Channel spokesman Dan Higgins said, "Our goal is to provide the best golf coverage for our viewers."Anything else is a ill turn. In order not to provide further beguilement, we've decided to remove Jim from this particular assignment."

A same move was made by Golf Channel last August at the PGA Championship, when Gray got into a heated statement with U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Corey Pavin. Gray had reported that Pavin told him Tiger Woods was a lock to be picked for the team. Pavin denied doing so.

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