Golf Channel to Televise PGA Merchandise Show
TGC will bring extended live television coverage from the show floor in the Orange County Convention Center from 1-3 p.m. EDT Jan. 27-29. A marathon replay of those six hours of programming will conclude coverage Jan. 30. Additionally, show programming will air during prime time and be repeated late night for a total of 24 hours of live and taped coverage.
The 2005 PGA Merchandise Show is the worlds most influential golf business gathering showcasing equipment, apparel and accessories from the game's leading brands and is open exclusively to industry professionals.
With its coverage, The Golf Channel will give viewers a chance to catch the first glimpse of golf's latest merchandise, hear from industry trend setters and see what's new from the various presenting companies. Viewers also will get behind the scenes at the show's outdoor equipment Demo Day, apparel fashion shows and the world's largest indoor Equipment Test Center.
We are excited to be offering our viewers the publics first look at the largest golf industry show in the world, said Golf Channel president David Manougian. Our coverage will reveal who and what are making industry news, as well as showcase new technologies and the overwhelming variety of golf merchandise introduced by manufacturers large and small.
'The Golf Channel has skillfully covered golf's most important events, and now the PGA Merchandise Show joins this broadcast roster as a 'major' for the business of golf,' said PGA of America president M.G. Orender. 'It is a window into our industry and the game's most influential decision-makers.'
The new partnership also designates TGC as an official sponsor of Demo Day and a presenting sponsor of the Fashion Fairway and Dream Pro Shop. The Golf Channel also will present a 'Best Badge in the Business' Sweepstakes Oct. 25-Dec. 5,that will provide consumers with a chance to win a trip to the PGA Merchandise Show.
One winner and three guests will receive a 4-day, 3-night trip to Orlando that includes airfare, lodging, a behind the scenes tour of TGC studios, four custom sets of clubs and VIP access to the PGA Merchandise Show.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18