As if the scenery in Hawaii doesn't already make for good TV, Tommy Roy plans to take it up a notch.
Roy, the executive producer for golf at NBC Sports, is bringing his crew to Hawaii for the opening two events on the PGA Tour schedule. The Tournament of Champions and Sony Open will be televised by Golf Channel (NBC and Golf Channel are under the Comcast umbrella).
It's the first time Roy has worked golf in Hawaii in 30 years, though he might not get the same unforgettable moment -- Isao Aoki holing out a wedge for eagle on the 18th hole to win the Hawaiian Open at Waialae.
"I was in the truck with Aoki holed out," Roy said. "It's pretty exciting to come back on the 30th anniversary."
Roy said he plans to add "quite a few cameras" to better show the mountainous terrain on the Plantation Course at Kapalua for the season opener. NBC used to broadcast from Kapalua when the tournament was part of the silly season in November.
He also is pleased with the camera locations for the Sony Open, which sits along the ocean down from Waikiki Beach. Roy said there would be an 80-foot tower on the 16th fairway for visuals of the 16th green, with the ocean as a backdrop. Behind the green are four skinny palm trees in the shape of a "W" for Waialae, and Roy said he is moving the TV stand that was located at the base of that "W."
The formation of the trees is reminiscent of the "Big W," where the cash was buried in the 1963 movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.