Unprecedented Coverage at McDonalds

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 30, 2006, 4:00 pm
McDonaldORLANDO, Fla. -- The Golf Channel announced that it will combine production elements it uses for its various tournament telecasts and incorporate them into one unique viewing experience for the networks coverage of the McDonalds LPGA Championship, June 8-11. The networks 12 hours of live coverage will feature some never-before seen camera angles during all four-rounds of the LPGAs second major at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, Md.
The Golf Channels exclusive coverage begins Thursday, June 8, and continues through Sunday, June 11. Live airtimes will be 4 ' 7 p.m., daily. In addition, prime-time encore airings can be seen on June 8, 8 ' 11 p.m. ET, and June 9-11, 9:30 p.m. ' 12:30 a.m. ET.
Featured production elements and unique camera angles include the following:
Split-Screen ' The Golf Channel will feature a split screen during the telecast immediately after each shot for viewers to see both the ball flight and the players reaction.
Camera Towers ' Stationed behind the 17th green, The Golf Channel will unveil its first broadcast tower at a professional golf tournament. Veteran broadcaster Peter Oosterhuis will call the action from the 17th tower during the tournament.
I-Cam ' Stationed above the tee-box, the I-Cam will give viewers a birds-eye view of the swing and impact at the tee. The cameras unique overhead view also will give The Golf Channels team of expert analysts a unique camera perspective from which to analyze swings.
Impact Cam ' The Impact Cam will capture players shots from a unique angle: directly in front. Stationed on the ground several feet in front of the players on the tee-boxes, the mini-camera will give viewers another way to enjoy televised golf. The Impact Cam will virtually be unnoticeable to the players, but will produce great visuals for television.
Blimp ' The Golf Channel will utilize one-of-a-kind shots that only the use of an airship can deliver.
Brian Hammons and former LPGA Tour standout Dottie Pepper will serve as host and analyst of the telecast. Veteran broadcaster Peter Oosterhuis, who has reported the last several years for The Golf Channel and CBS Sports, will call the action from several critical holes, including the tower at the 17th while LPGA Tour veterans Kay Cockerill and Rosie Jones ' who also will compete in the tournament ' will handle reporting on the course.
The Golf Channel has exclusive rights to air the second major championship of the LPGA Tour calendar through 2008.
Cable televisions undisputed leader in live tournament coverage, The Golf Channel will continue to air a minimum of 10 official LPGA events each year through 2009, as well as carrying complete, shot-by-shot coverage of the 2007 and 2009 Solheim Cup.
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  • Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

    A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi) on

    David Feherty:

    Jack Nicklaus:

    GC Tiger Tracker:

    Steve Stricker:

    Golf Channel:

    Frank Nobilo:

    Ian Poulter:

    Tyrone Van Aswegen:

    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

    Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

    By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

    Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

    Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

    “Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

    Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

    “When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

    Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

    “Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

    In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

    “Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

    Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

    “The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

    Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

    “Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

    Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

    Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

    LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

    Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

    Christina Kim:

    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

    LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee: