Brooks Koepka Jena Sims

The end of the 2017 U.S. Open Sunday saw a supremely awkward moment on Fox’s U.S. Open coverage, as play-by-play announcer Joe Buck misidentified champion Brooks Koepka‘s girlfriend Jena Sims as his ex-girlfriend Becky Edwards. And he did so during their celebratory kiss, no less.

Where’d that come from? Well, it’s notable that Koepka’s Wikipedia page said at the time of the championship that he was in a relationship with Edwards. Here’s a screenshot:
Brooks Koepka's Wikipedia page

And one of the since-corrected page: Brooks Koepka's corrected Wikipedia page.

So, either Buck or someone doing research for Fox saw that tidbit and passed it along. It led to this awkward correction later:

Mistakes happen, and at least they did later correct this on-air, but that’s still pretty awkward. It reinforces how important it can be to make sure you’re identifying people correctly.

[For The Win]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.