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

Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla.  The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer and a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:  CMCSA, CMCSK), is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies.  Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original programming.  Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by GolfChannel.com, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.

 

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.