bJELD-WEN Tradition on The Golf Channel Fact Sheetb
The Golf Channel is the exclusive cable television home of the Champions Tour through 2008. The network will televise 23 events in 2005 V including the seasons final major, the JELD-WEN Tradition.
12 hours of live JELD-WEN Tradition tournament coverage.
3 - 6 p.m. PT, Aug. 25 - 28
Daily prime-time replay.
7:30 - 10 p.m. PT, Aug. 25 - 28
Additional JELD-WEN Tradition tournament programming:
Champions Tour Learning Center
Monday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. PT
Hosted by David Marr III, Champions Tour Learning Center complements The Golf Channels exclusive live tournament coverage of the Champions Tour as it explores the golf know-how shared by some of the most successful players to ever play the game. The Golf Channel allows its viewers to tap into that wealth of information every Monday night.
Aug. 25 - 28, 7 - 7:30 p.m. PT
The live, daily source for the most up-to-date, in-depth golf news in the world, Golf Central carries the latest scores and highlights from all the major tours. A staff of experienced golf reporters and analysts provide insight and commentary on the days hottest stories, including daily reports from the field, the business of golf and features on the games most colorful personalities.
Sprint Post Game
Aug. 25 - 28, 6 - 7 p.m. PT
An action-packed hour that is personality-driven and designed to provide viewers with a comprehensive look at all the major tournament action in the current week. Analysts breakdown trends and statistics, have live interviews, discuss news conferences and feature stories from tournament venues.
Rich Lerner, host
As host of The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage, Rich Lerner brings a wealth of experience to the broadcast booth. 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 K 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.
Brandel Chamblee, analyst
As an analyst for The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage, Chamblee makes a full-time transition from playing on the PGA TOUR V where he won the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open V to the broadcast booth. An All-American at the University of Texas, his career highlights include sharing the first-round lead at the Masters in 1999 and finishing among the Top-100 on the TOUR money list for the sixth straight hear in 2000. In addition to analyst duties for the Champions Tour Chamblee also is a contributing analyst for The Golf Channels Sprint Post Game.
David Marr III, interviewer
David Marr III serves as the main interviewer for The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage and hosts Champions Tour Learning Center, a weekly, 30-minute show dedicated to game improvement and featuring a variety of players currently competing on the Champions Tour. He made his debut with The Golf Channel as its Golf Central Updates anchor, and also could be seen anchoring Golf Central and filing special reports during the networks coverage of the four major championships. Prior to joining The Golf Channel, Marr served as a commentator for WHDH-TV (NBC, Boston) during the 1999 Ryder Cup Matches, where he received rave reviews. He is the son of 1965 PGA Championship winner, 1965 Ryder Cup player and 1981 Ryder Cup Captain Dave Marr. A New York City native, Marr III is a graduate of Bucknell University.
Mark Lye, on-course reporter
A professional golfer since 1975, Mark Lye recently made the transition from The Golf Channels main analyst to an on-course reporter in order to compete in select Champions Tour events. The On the Mark feature incorporated into the networks Champions Tour telecasts V which showcases Lye wearing a microphone during competition V has become a viewer favorite. He also regularly contributes his expertise for The Golf Channels Sprint Post Game and special editions of Golf Central. In his 18-year pro career, Lye earned nearly $2 million on the PGA TOUR, with his best year in 1983 when he captured the Bank of Boston Classic and finished 28th on the money list. Lye graduated from San Jose State in 1975, where he was a three-time All-American.
Donna Caponi, on-course reporter
Donna Caponi serves as an on-course reporter for select Champions Tour events on The Golf Channel. 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.
Bob Greenway, Exec. Vice President, Programming & Production
Tony Tortorici, executive producer
Keith Hirshland, managing director, live tournaments
Phil Esposito, director
For more information contact, The Golf Channel Public Relations, 407/355-4653
McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School
One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.
McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.
It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.
McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).
Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).
Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.
Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award
The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.
The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.
Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.
The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.
A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4
Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.
Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.
South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.
Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.
The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout
It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.
Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.
Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.
"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."
Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.
Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.