NBC and Golf Channel Embark on Two Big Weeks in Golf

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 7, 2014, 2:50 pm

Golf Channel and NBC this week embark on two big weeks of competition and signature news coverage on both networks.  In what has become an important major championship primer for players around the globe, the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open kicks things off this week on both Golf Channel and NBC.  While back in the States, Jordan Spieth defends his first PGA TOUR win at the John Deere Classic on Golf Channel and Kenny Perry tries for a repeat win at the U.S. Senior Open on NBC.  Next week, Golf Channel heads across the pond to Hoylake, England, to report from the 143rd Open Championship with its signature major championship news coverage, Live from Royal Liverpool and Morning Drive, beginning Monday, July 14.  And the celebrities come out with the popular American Century Championship from Lake Tahoe, beginning Friday, July 18, on NBCSN and continuing on the weekend on NBC (with replays on Golf Channel).

European Tour:  Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (all times Eastern)

Thursday-Friday, July 10-11   Rounds 1 & 2                      5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.     Golf Channel

Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13 Round 3 & Final Round         9:30 a.m.-Noon           Golf Channel

                                                                                          Noon-2:30 p.m.           NBC

Defending Champion Phil Mickelson headlines a registered field that includes multiple major champions, including Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Sir Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, Rory McIlroy, Jose Maria Olazabal, Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose.  Many players use the Scottish Open as a primer for the Open Championship played the following week.  In 2013, Mickelson went on to capture major championship glory at the Open Championship after having won the Scottish Open the previous week.  Els also won his two Open Championship titles after having played the previous week.  This year’s tournament will be contested at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.

PGA TOUR:  John Deere Classic

Thursday-Friday, July 10-11   Rounds 1 & 2                      3-6 p.m.                       Golf Channel

Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13 Round 3 & Final Round         1-2:30 p.m.                  Golf Channel

Since moving to TPC Deere Run 14 years ago, dramatic finishes have been a hallmark of the John Deere Classic, with the champion decided five times in sudden death playoffs and six times by one shot on the final hole.  Jordan Spieth, who last year took the PGA TOUR by storm during his rookie campaign, became the youngest winner on the PGA TOUR in 82 years when he holed out from a bunker on the 72nd hole to get into a playoff and, eventually, win.  The tournament provides even more drama as players battle for the final exemption into the Open Championship. Golf Channel’s weekend airtimes are lead-in to CBS’ coverage.

U.S. Senior Open

Saturday, July 12                    Round 3                                  2:30-6 p.m.                  NBC

Sunday, July 13                      Final Round                             2:30-6 p.m.                  NBC

Golf Channel on NBC heads to America’s heartland to continue its USGA championship season with live weekend coverage of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open from Pete Dye-designed Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.  Defending Champion Kenny Perry headlines a qualified field, which includes Fred Couples, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie.  Golf Channel on NBC’s Dan Hicks will host NBC’s weekend coverage and will be joined by Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay and Steve Sands.  Golf Channel on NBC’s Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen qualified to be in the field, though Koch may be part of the Golf Channel on NBC weekend broadcast depending on his performance.

Golf Central:  Live From Royal Liverpool

Monday, July 14                     Morning Drive                        7-9 a.m.                       Golf Channel

                                             Live From Royal Liverpool       7-8:30 p.m.                  Golf Channel

Tuesday, July 15                    Morning Drive                        7-11 a.m.                     Golf Channel

                                             Live From Royal Liverpool       11 a.m.-1 p.m.             Golf Channel

                                                                                            7-9 p.m.                       Golf Channel

Wednesday, July 16                Morning Drive                        7-11 a.m.                     Golf Channel

                                              Live From Royal Liverpool      11 a.m.-1 p.m.             Golf Channel

                                                                                            7-9 p.m.                      Golf Channel

Thursday-Friday, July 17-18   Live From Royal Liverpool      7-9 p.m.                       Golf Channel

Saturday, July 19                    Live From Royal Liverpool      2:30-3 p.m.                   Golf Channel

                                                                                            7-9 p.m.                       Golf Channel

Sunday, July 20                      Live From Royal Liverpool       1:30-3 p.m.                  Golf Channel

                                                                                            7-9 p.m.                       Golf Channel

Golf Channel will have the season’s third major championship covered from all angles with more than 28 hours of news and feature programming surrounding the 143rd Open Championship, beginning Monday, July 14, from Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, and Golf Channel’s U.S.-based studios.

PLAYER NEWS CONFERENCES:  Morning Drive and Live From Royal Liverpool will feature scheduled player news conferences staged from Royal Liverpool on Tuesday, July 15, and Wednesday, July 16.

BROADCAST TEAM AND SPECIAL GUESTS:  Reporting from Royal Liverpool will be the tandem of Rich Lerner and Frank Nobilo, who will be joined by Todd Lewis, Tim Rosaforte and Ken Schofield.  Making special appearances Wednesday through Sunday will be Peter Alliss, considered one of golf’s all-time great commentators and nicknamed “The Voice of Golf,” and 2014 Senior PGA Championship winner Colin Montgomerie.  Ryan Burr, Brandel Chamblee, Tripp Isenhour and Kelly Tilghman will host coverage from Golf Channel Studios in Orlando.

EDITORIAL FEATURES:  Live From Royal Liverpool will showcase entertaining and informative features throughout the week, including:

Phil Redux – The Open Championship was the major that Phil Mickelson was never supposed to win.  His past struggles and a perception by many that his game didn’t fit links-style golf were tossed on their head with his shocking win for the ages in 2013.

Champagne Tony Lema – He played with a flair that matched his nickname and was, arguably, the second-most popular player of his era behind only Arnold Palmer.  His 12 wins on the PGA TOUR were complemented by the 1964 Open Championship.  Two years later, Lema was killed in plane crash at just 32 years old. Rich Lerner tells the story of one of the great characters the game has ever known.

Westy Close – Eight times since 2008, Lee Westwood has finished in the top-3 at major championships.  With a two-stroke lead heading into the final round, 2013 seemed to be his break-through year, but he faltered down the stretch.

Hoylake – Established in 1869, Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, has hosted 12 Open Championships, with the likes of Roberto De Vicenzo, Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones and Tiger Woods hoisting the Claret Jug there.

American Century Championship

Friday, July 18                        Round 1                      4-7 p.m.                                   NBCSN

Saturday, July 19                    Round 1 Replay          11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.               Golf Channel

                                              Round 2                      3-6 p.m.                                   NBC

Sunday, July 20                      Round 2 Replay          10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.               Golf Channel

                                              Final Round                3-6 p.m.                                   NBC

Monday, July 21                     Final Round Replay    1-4 p.m.                                   Golf Channel

Legendary golf Hall-of-Fame superstar Annika Sorenstam will tee it up on equal terms with the accomplished pro-athlete golfers in the 54-hole, $600,000 competition at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course for the 25th anniversary of the American Century Championship.  Roger Maltbie and Bob Papa will anchor the coverage with Notah Begay, Gary Koch and Mark Rolfing contributing from the golf course.  Alex Flanagan will conduct player interviews.  Tournament scoring is based on a modified Stableford format with higher points awarded for better scores on each hole played.  Other celebrities scheduled to compete include John Elway, Ray Allen, Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Jerry Rice, Jason Kidd, Steve Kerr and Ray Romano.  Annual contenders include Trent Dilfer, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Rypien and 2013 Champion Billy Joe Tolliver.

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative

Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket

Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief

Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together

Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.