2017 FedExCup Playoffs TV Coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 23, 2017, 9:19 pm

While the PGA Tour  regular season is winding down, the race to the FedExCup is heating up! Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be there every step of the way with live tournament and news programming surrounding the FedExCup Playoffs.

Beginning with The Northern Trust, the top 125 players in 2016-‘17 season points standings are eligible to tee it up in the first of four events that will ultimately determine the 2017 FedExCup Champion. With the FedExCup and $10 million in prize money on the line, drama will be at an all-time high throughout the Tour’s annual Playoffs.

FedExCup Points leader Hideki Matsuyama looks to dethrone last season’s champion Rory McIlroy, with 2017 major winners Justin Thomas (PGA Championship), Jordan Spieth (The Open) and Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open), plus a host of other top players like Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm all in hot pursuit. Golf Channel is making sure you don’t miss a minute of the action: Live coverage kicks off with The Northern Trust on Thursday at 2pm ET.

Watch live streaming of the FedExCup Playoffs on Golf Channel via streaming, and join in on the social media conversation by following Golf Channel on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and using the hashtag #FedExCup.

Golf Channel FedExCup Programming Guide (All times ET):

The Northern Trust:
Thursday, August 24: Golf Central Pre-Game 1:30pm; Live 2pm; Encore 9:30pm
Friday, August 25: Golf Central Pre-Game 1:30pm; Live 2pm; Encore 10:30pm
Saturday, August 26: Golf Central Pre-Game 12pm; Live 1pm; Encore 11pm
Sunday, August 27: Golf Central Pre-Game 11am; Live Noon; Encore 11pm

Dell Technologies Championship:
Friday, September 1: Golf Central Pre-Game 2pm; Live 2:30pm; Encore 11pm
Saturday, September 2: Golf Central Pre-Game 12:30pm; Live 3 pm; Encore 11pm
Sunday, September 3: Golf Central Pre-Game 11:30am; Live 1pm; Live on NBC 3pm; Encore 10pm
Monday, September 4: Golf Central Pre-Game 10am; Live 11:30am; Live on NBC 1:30pm ET; Encore 7pm

BMW Championship:
Thursday, September 14: Golf Central Pre-Game 2:30pm; Live 3pm; Encore 8pm
Friday, September 15: Golf Central Pre-Game 2:30pm; Live 3pm; Encore 8pm
Saturday, September 16: Golf Central Pre-Game 11:30am; Live 1pm; Live on NBC 3pm; Encore 9pm
Sunday, September 17: Live Noon; Live on NBC 1:30pm; Encore 9pm

TOUR Championship:
Thursday, September 21: Golf Central Pre-Game 10:30am; Live 1pm; Encore 7pm 
Friday, September 22: Golf Central Pre-Game 10:30am; Live 1pm; Encore 9:30pm ET 
Saturday, September 23: Golf Central Pre-Game 11am; Live 12:30pm; Live on NBC 2:30pm; Encore 10pm
Sunday, September 24: Golf Central Pre-Game 11am; Live Noon; Live on NBC 1:30pm; Encore 10pm

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: