Golf Channels Ultimate Holiday Gift Packaged As 12 Nights at the Academy

By Golf Channel Public RelationsNovember 18, 2010, 4:07 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2010) –  In the spirit of the holiday season, Golf Channel tidings will come in the form of a first-of-their-kind instructional specials – 12 Nights at the Academy – when some of the biggest names to ever play the game will share their secrets of success.  For 12 consecutive nights, golf legends, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Gary Player will each host their own, all-new instructional show, sharing stories and experiences from their legendary careers and providing viewers with everything they need to know in order to improve their golf game.  Several of the game’s top instructors, including Hank Haney and Sean Foley, will take part, as will one of the all-time greats in LPGA Tour history, Annika Sorenstam.  12 Nights at the Academy premieres on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. ET, with a new episode airing each night through Dec. 10.

In addition to the all-star lineup, 12 Nights at the Academy also will feature episodes hosted by three up-and-coming golf instructors selected from a nationwide search conducted by Golf Channel earlier this year – all hoping to host their own instructional series on the network.  The finalists’ shows will air Nov. 30, Dec. 5 and Dec. 7.

12 Nights at the Academy is an opportunity for us to treat our viewers this holiday season to something very special,” said Tom Stathakes, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming, production and operations. “Imagine having a half hour lesson with Jack Nicklaus or tips on how to improve your swing from Greg Norman.  We’re thrilled to bring several of these legendary golfers into the living rooms of golf fans and provide them with inside access to knowledge from some of the game’s best.”

Viewers will learn everything from how to practice like Tiger Woods to keeping better balance.   Each show will be co-hosted be a member of Golf Channel’s on-air team.  Exclusive video tips from each instructor also will be featured on www.GolfChannel.com/12-Nights.

Golf Channel’s Michael Breed, host of the network’s Monday night instruction show, The Golf Fix, will give viewers a sneak peek into some of the best moments and tips coming up in the series of shows in a half-hour preview show airing Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. ET.  Breed also will kick off the episodes on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. ET, when he will discuss spin – left-to-right and right-to-left off the tee – as well as backspin and topspin while putting.

Additional episodes of 12 Nights at the Academy include:

Arnold Palmer, regarded as the most-loved and one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, opens up his garage – his workshop – at his home at Orlando’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge.  Palmer shares with viewers the importance of the grip on the golf club and provides tips for low, mid and high handicap players.  In addition, he also shares stories and memories from the past six decades.  Air date: Dec. 10.

Gary Player, the most successful international golfer of all time and winner of 165 tournaments worldwide, reveals his secrets in how to play bunker shots.  Air date: Dec. 8

Jack Nicklaus, one of the world’s most iconic golfers who changed the face of the sport, teaches how to keep mental toughness and a good round going.  Air date: Dec. 9

Greg Norman, nicknamed the 'Great White Shark' for his aggressive golf style, shows viewers his teaching philosophy when it comes to ball striking and the short game.  Norman also discusses the importance of physical fitness.  Air date: Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. ET

Annika Sorenstam - TBD.  Air date: Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. ET

Hank Haney, one of the world’s best golf instructors and Tiger Woods’ former swing coach, gives his cure for slices and hooks, and shares the best tip he ever received.  His former pupil, Charles Barkley, also will call-in to the show.  Air date: Dec. 4

Sean Foley, Woods’ current swing coach, will discuss swing drills he takes Woods through.  Foley also discusses the swing philosophy he instills in all of his students – swinging around the spine.  Air date: Dec. 3

Short game specialist, Dave Stockton will be joined by his sons – Dave Jr. and Ron – to provide tips on putting.  Air date: Dec. 6

Rocco Mediate and swing coach Jimmy Ballard will discuss with viewers how Mediate changed his golf swing and resurrected his game after nearly retiring due to lingering back injuries.  Air date: Dec. 2

Golf Channel analysts Brandel Chamblee and Frank Nobilo will show viewers how the moment of impact is the most important aspect of the swing.  Air date: Dec. 1

12 Nights at the Academy Schedule (All Times Eastern)

Nov. 22            Preview Show, hosted by Michael Breed, 7 p.m.

Nov. 29            Michael Breed, 7 p.m.
Nov. 29            Greg Norman, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30            Instructor Search Finalist #1, 7 p.m.
Dec. 1              Brandel Chamblee/Frank Nobilo, 7 p.m.

Dec. 1              Annika Sorenstam, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2              Rocco Mediate with Jimmy Ballard, 7 p.m.
Dec. 3              Sean Foley, 7 p.m.
Dec. 4              Hank Haney, 7 p.m.
Dec. 5              Instructor Search Finalist #2, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6              Dave Stockton, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7              Instructor Search Finalist #3, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8              Gary Player, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9              Jack Nicklaus, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10            Arnold Palmer, 7 p.m.

About Golf Channel

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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.