Phil Parkin currently serves as an on-course reporter and tower announcer for the network’s coverage of the LPGA Tour and PGA TOUR. After initially beginning his career in television in the UK in 1995, he was a member of Golf Channel’s European Tour coverage from 2000-’06.
Parkin previously worked for Sky Sports as well as European Tour Productions, and in addition to his current role with Golf Channel, continues to work for BBC in the UK.
From Wales, United Kingdom, Parkin came to the United States to attend Texas A&M University, where he became the first Aggie golfer and first European golfer to be named first-team All-American.
After rising to the top ranked amateur in the world, Parkin turned professional in 1984. Later in the same year, he was named The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year. He played for Wales in the World Cup of Golf where he achieved two top-five finishes. He played five times in the Dunhill Cup Championship, reaching the semifinal twice. He also was the 1986 Welsh Professional Champion.
Prior to turning professional, Parkin won numerous amateur events in the US and UK, including the 1982 British Youth Championship, and the 1983 British Amateur Championship. He also was the Medalist in the 1983 and 1984 British Amateur Championship. He reached the semi-final of the 1982 British Amateur Championship, and represented Great Britain and Ireland on the St Andrew's Trophy Team and at the 1983 Walker Cup.