GOLF CHANNEL and GolfChannelcom have the Open Championship Covered
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 10, 2009) ' GOLF CHANNEL will provide its signature wrap-around news coverage of next weeks Open Championship from Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland ' the mens third major championship ' dedicating more than 20 hours of news coverage on-air and expanded coverage online. Live From the Open Championship coverage kicks off Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. ET with pre-event news conferences hosted by Rich Lerner and Todd Lewis, who will be joined by the networks team of reporters and analysts on-site at Turnberry. Wednesdays Live From the Open Championship coverage will feature news conferences from 2-4 p.m. ET, followed by a two-hour preview show from 6-8 p.m. ET with live news reports, analysis and interviews.
Immediately following network coverage Thursday through Saturday from 2:30-4 p.m. ET and Sunday from 1:30-4 p.m. ET, GOLF CHANNELs team of analysts and reporters will break down the action each day with player interviews, analysis and features. Prime-time coverage will take place from 7-9 p.m. ET Thursday through Sunday with fresh, new analysis to recap the days action. In addition to his expert analysis, Frank Nobilo ' who competed in the 1986 and 1994 Open Championships at Turnberry ' also will re-create for viewers the exact shots that defined the key moments after competition each day. Three-time Open Champion Nick Faldo is scheduled to join Nobilo for analysis on Saturdays Live From coverage. Each prime-time Live From the Open Championship show will re-air throughout the night Wednesday through Sunday.
The Live From the Open Championship team at Turnberry will include Steve Sands, Tom Abbott, Nobilo, Tim Rosaforte, Alex Miceli and Rex Hoggard. Joining them from the networks studios in Orlando include Kraig Kann, Kelly Tilghman, Rich Lerner, Todd Lewis, Inga Hammond, Brandel Chamblee, Peter Oosterhuis and Charlie Rymer. Former European Tour executive director Ken Schofield and Renton Laidlaw, GOLF CHANNELs European Tour play-by-play host, are scheduled to join the show for analysis during the week. Iain Page will provide leaderboard updates Thursday ' Sunday at the top and bottom of the hour starting at 8 a.m. ET.
GolfChannel.coms team of writers also will contribute to its popular Shag Bag blog with entries and posts throughout each day, along with daily columns, news articles, features and breaking news. Hoggard and Jay Coffin will report on-site from Turnberry throughout the week, and are posting updates about their travels to Scotland in GolfChannel.coms Travel Blog.
Scheduled features during Live From the Open Championship television coverage include: Greg Norman (Wednesday) ' A look back at his 2008 run for the Open Championship. Padraig Harrington (Wednesday) ' Examining Harringtons quest for three straight Open Championships. Duel in the Sun (Wednesday) ' Breaking down the Nicklaus-Watson battle at the 1977 Open Championship at Turnberry. 1994 Open Championship (Friday) ' Recapping the last time the Open Championship was contested at Turnberry. David Feherty (Friday) ' A look back at CBS Sports David Fehertys best major championship finish at Turnberry in 1994 (T-4).
Live From the Open Championship TV Times (all times ET) Tuesday, July 14: 2-4 p.m. (News Conferences) Wednesday, July 15: 2-4 p.m. (News Conferences) Wednesday, July 15: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 16: 2:30 ' 4 p.m. Thursday, July 16: 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 17: 2:30 ' 4 p.m. Friday, July 17: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, July 18: 2:30 - 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18: 7-9 p.m. Sunday, July 19: 1:30 ' 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19: 7-9 p.m.
Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title
The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.
Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.
Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.
Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.
Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.
Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore
SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.
Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.
Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.
With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.
''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''
Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.
''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.
Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.
Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.
He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.
He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.
Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.
"I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''
Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.
It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.
Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.
Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.
“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”
The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.
“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”
Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.