Golf Channel Tabs Champions Broadcast Team
Mark Rolfing and Frank Nobilo will serve the host/analyst for both the Mastercard Championship at Hualalai and the following weeks Turtle Bay Championship. Rolfing has served as host for several Champions Tour events on the Golf Channel while Nobilo made his debut as lead analyst on Champions Tour telecasts in 2004.
For the majority of events in 2007, Brian Hammons - who is an original member of the Golf Channel on-air team - and Nobilo will serve as the host/analyst team.
In addition, Dave Marr III and Mark Lye will also handle play-by-play and analyst duties, respectively. Lye is entering his fourth year as a member of the Champions Tour team and will continue to provide on-course analysis when he is not competing or serving as lead analyst. Marr will continue his on the couch interview sessions when he is not hosting the telecast.
Adding insight and expert analysis is a team of on-course reporters that have extensive tournament golf experience from both sides of the ropes. They include:
Billy Ray Brown, a newcomer to the Golf Channel who has worked numerous PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and LPGA events for ABC and ESPN.
Donna Caponi-Byrnes, an LPGA Hall of Famer who has been a mainstay on Golf Channel Champions Tour telecasts.
John Mahaffey, who joined the Golf Channel in 2004 after winning 10 times on the PGA TOUR including one major, the 1978 PGA Championship, and the 1986 Players Championship.
Brandt Packer will orchestrate the production as producer for all Golf Channel Champions Tour telecasts. Packer has worked for ABC Sports as the lead producer for the majority of the networks golf events in 2006.
We are excited about the assembled Champions TOUR team and the product that we will deliver to our viewers at the MasterCard Championship in January, said Tony Tortorici, vice president, Production & executive producer for the Golf Channel. The team has vast knowledge as well as insight that will lend itself to an informative and entertaining viewing experience.
As a part of the Golf Channels umbrella agreement with the PGA TOUR, the network remains the exclusive cable television home of the Champions Tour through 2021. In 2007, the network will provide all rounds of 22 Champion Tour events and early round coverage of four other tournaments.
The Golf Channel (www.thegolfchannel.com), co-founded by Arnold Palmer, is available in more than 100 million homes throughout the United States, Canada and Japan through cable, satellite and wireless companies. It features a programming schedule that includes more live golf coverage than any other network ' an extensive blend of golf competition from around the world ' as well as news, instruction and original specials. In addition to being the exclusive television home of the Nationwide Tour, European Tour and Canadian Tour, the Golf Channel is the exclusive cable home of the Champions Tour and televises other competition from the LPGA Tour, USGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour of Southern Africa.
Beginning in January, the Golf Channel will embark on its 15-year agreement as the exclusive cable television home for the PGA TOUR. The networks annual coverage will feature early-round coverage of the entire FedEx Cup season, including the World Golf Championships, THE TOUR Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship, the PGA TOURs crown jewel. In total, early-round coverage of 30 events will air on the Golf Channel.
Also included in the package will be 13 full, four-round events beginning with the seasons first three tournaments ' Mercedes-Benz Championships, Sony Open in Hawaii and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic hosted by George Lopez ' and the seven official money events following THE TOUR Championship. The network also will provide full coverage of three tournaments played opposite golfs majors and World Golf Championships.
Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia
Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.
Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.
Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.
Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.
It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.
The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.
Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.
''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''
They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.
''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''
Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.
''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''
Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.
Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
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.