NC man a pioneer in getting golf televised

Millions of people around the world will watch the U.S. open from Pinehurst on television next week.

John Derr, who is now 96 years old and lives in Pinehurst, was a key figure in getting the sport of golf on television when he was the president of CBS Sports.

Derr, who started out as a sports writer, including a stint at the Greensboro Daily News, covered everything from boxing to baseball to college football, but golf was always near and dear to his heart.

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