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By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 8, 2005, 4:00 pm

The Golf Channel is the exclusive television home of the 2005 Solheim Cup. The network will devote more than 65 hours of programming to the international event from Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
23 hours of live Solheim Cup tournament coverage.
9 a.m. ' 5 p.m. ET, Sept. 9 ' 10
9 a.m. ' 4 p.m. ET, Sept. 11
Daily prime-time replays.
7:30 ' 11:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 9 ' 11

Additional Solheim Cup tournament programming:
News Conferences
Sept. 6, 1 ' 3 p.m. ET
Sept. 7, 1 ' 4 p.m. ET
Sept. 8, 1 ' 2 p.m. ET
Viewers will hear live perspectives from the captains (Nancy Lopez and Catrin Nilsmark) and players about the course and competitive spirit going into the tournament.
2005 Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony
Sept. 8, 7 ' 8:30 p.m. ET
With The Golf Channels Kelly Tilghman serving as Master of Ceremony, the 2005 Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony will include a governor's welcome, introduction of the captains and teams, national anthems and announcement of pairings.
Golf Central
Sept. 5 ' 7, 7 ' 7:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 8, 6:30 ' 7 p.m. ET
Sept. 9 ' 11, 7 ' 7:30 p.m. ET
The live, daily source for the most up-to-date,
in-depth news on the Solheim Cup. Golf Central carries the latest scores and highlights from all the major tours. The experienced staff featuring Jennifer Mills in the networks Orlando studios plus a team of experts will provide insight and commentary on the days hottest stories, including daily reports from Crooked Stick, the business impact on the Indianapolis area, and features on the Solheim Cups most colorful personalities.
Sprint Post Game
Sept. 8, 8:30 ' 9:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 9 ' 10, 5 ' 5:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 11, 4 ' 4:30 p.m. ET
Following the Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony and each days live action, the Orlando, Fla., based Sprint Post Game hosted by Kraig Kann, will provide an action-packed show that is personality-driven and designed to provide The Golf Channel viewers with a comprehensive look at the 2005 Solheim Cup. Analysts Peter Oosterhuis and Mark Lye, and Golf Channel Insider Brian Hewitt will break down trends and statistics, conduct live interviews, discuss news conferences and feature stories from tournament venues.

Brian Hammons, host
Back home in his native Indiana, Brian Hammons is the voice for the networks LPGA Tour coverage. Also anchor for the award-winning news show, Golf Central, Hammons travels to the major championship venues to host special editions of Golf Central. With a wealth of sports anchoring experience under his belt, Hammons joined The Golf Channel from WXIN-TV (FOX) in Indianapolis, Ind., where he served as the weeknight sports anchor for the stations nightly newscasts. His duties included serving as studio host of Indiana Pacers telecasts (pregame, halftime and postgame shows) while also anchoring Sportsview, the stations Sunday night sports highlight show. Hammons has also worked for ABC, ESPN, Prime and NBC Sports as a motorsports announcer.
Dottie Pepper, analyst
A six-time U.S. Solheim Cup team member, where her patriotism and passion for the event were renowned, Dottie Pepper is familiar with what the ladies have in store. Pepper joined The Golf Channel in 2005 following her retirement from the LPGA Tour. In her new capacity, Pepper serves as lead analyst for various network tournament telecasts, including a majority of LPGA events. She also contributes to other studio-based shows, including Golf Central and Sprint Post-Game. During her 17 year professional career Pepper has recorded 17 victories, including two major championships, Her most successful year was 1992 while winning four times and leading the tour in scoring average and winnings. She was named Rolex Player of the Year, won the Vare Trophy and the Golf Writers Association of Americas Female Player of the Year award. In 2000, she was recognized during the LPGAs 50th Anniversary as one of the LPGAs top-50 players and teachers.
Donna Caponi, on-course reporter
Donna Caponi serves as an on-course reporter for select Champions Tour events and an analyst for LPGA Tour events on The Golf Channel. Caponi will serve as the U.S. assistant captain, providing Rosie Jones makes the team and plays. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001, Caponis expertise comes from playing 25 years on the LPGA Tour (1965-1989), where she won 24 events, including victories at the 1969 and 1970 U.S. Womens Open, the 1978 Peter Jackson Classic (when it was an LPGA major), the 1979 and 1981 LPGA Championships and the 1979 Dinah Shore. She was named by GOLF Magazine as one of the 100 Heroes of the First Century and serves as a PGA professional at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif., home of the LPGAs Kraft Nabisco Championship. Caponis past television credits include work for ESPN, NBC, CBS and TBS.
Kay Cockerill, on-course reporter
A two-time All-American at UCLA and the 1986 and 1987 U.S. Womens Amateur Champion, Kay Cockerill is an on-course reporter for The Golf Channels live tournament coverage of the LPGA and Nationwide Tour. Cockerills experience on the course comes from her strong knowledge of the game having played on the LPGA Tour from 1987-88. She received the 1992 Budget Service Award and 1993 Good Sport Award from Sports Illustrated for Kids for her outstanding community service and dedication to golf. Cockerill gives viewers an inside look at the hottest trends and issues surrounding the LPGA Tour.
Rich Lerner, essayist
A host of The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage, Rich Lerner brings his wealth of reporting experience to the Solheim Cup. Lerner has served as reporter/anchor for the networks nightly news show, Golf Central, and continues to be the shows essayist during its major championship coverage. He served as the main commentator for the networks LPGA Tour coverage in 2003 and often writes, produces and hosts original network specials like Courage on the Fairways, Tiger Woods: Millennium Man and New York Stories of Enduring Spirit. Prior to joining The Golf Channel, Lerner was the host of a Prime Sports Radio Network afternoon-drive talk show distributed to approximately 100 stations nationwide.
Val Skinner, on-course reporter
1996 U.S. Solheim Cup team member Val Skinner joined The Golf Channel as an on-course reporter for its coverage of the LPGA Tour. A 20-year LPGA Tour veteran, six-time winner and 1982 Rookie of the Year, she is known as a fierce and determined competitor both on the course and off. Skinners philanthropic undertakings include raising awareness and funds for women in crisis groups and founding the Val Skinner Foundation and LIFE (LPGA Pros In the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer). The program is designed to raise money to not only eliminate breast cancer but to also educate young women about the disease, and has raised over $2.5 million for breast cancer research and education during the past five years. Skinner was named GOLF magazines Collegiate Player of the Year and Big Eight Female Athlete of the Year in 1982. She is a member of the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Golf Hall of Fame and the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame.

Bob Greenway, executive vice president, production, programming & operations
Tony Tortorici, executive producer
Jeff Gershengorn, producer
Phil Esposito, director

TV Compound ' From a distance, it looks like a small city.
Production Trucks ' Incorporates new digital technology. Essential for all live broadcasts, two 53-foot tractor-trailers make up the largest part of the compound.
Production Crew ' With no less than 15 people at each event, the number of people varies based on each tournament.
Announce Team ' comprised of 5 ' 7 hosts, analysts, and on-course reporters
Technical Crew ' The technical crew, which encompasses every crew member from camera operations and tape operations to audio and video engineers includes at least 60 people.
Vendor Crew ' The other segment of the operations, including caterers, crane and uplink crews usually makes up more than 20 people.
Video/Audio Cable ' A typical event will be supplied with more than 135,000 feet of cable designated for both audio and video.
Cameras ' As the host broadcaster, The Golf Channel will have 28 cameras for domestic and international production coverage. 4 - 6 of the cameras are digital wireless technology. A typical event generally has 14 cameras.
Microphones ' More than 50 microphones surround the golf course. Some utilize new digital wireless technology for better mobility of the announce team.
Video monitors ' The 70-plus monitors are wired all over the golf course.
Event Set-Up ' Normally, The Golf Channel arrives a week in advance to set up a four-round event.
Event Break-Down ' As quickly as the event goes up, it takes the greater part of one day to tear it down and head to the next venue.

For more information contact, The Golf Channel Public Relations, 407/355-4653
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Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

"Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.