And the Best is Yet to Come
Tough for me to give the perspective you might. But for what it's worth, this show is a blast to be a part of! Lots of panel members, lots of interviews, lots of topics to toss around. And we do it in a spectacular new studio setting that really gives us a shot of enthusiasm before we say hello.
An hour on Wednesday nights (this week it was Tuesday because of the Bob Hope's five-round format), the Golf Channel Pre-Game is meant to get you prepped for the week's tournament play. Yes, there will be interviews. Yes, there will be features and stat-driven information. But the key to the show's flow will depend on plain old fun-loving entertainment value.
The Golf Channel Post-Game airs on Sunday right after network coverage of the day's golf. Usually that will mean 6 PM ET. We'll wrap it up, listen to the winners and also those who came close. You'll get a breakdown of the moments that decided the event and we'll also keep you up on the latest topics.
The goal is to toss around those topics like they're unwanted pennies. Some will grab your interest more than others... but all are designed to give you a better feel for the week's world of golf.
As I see it, we've got a studio full of enthusiastic insiders. Mark Lye and Kelly Tilghman should be familiar to those of you Golf Channel loyalists. Lye's won on the PGA Tour, where he spent nearly 20 years playing some pretty sound golf with the best. Kelly played collegiate golf at Duke University and made a run at the LPGA before getting into this crazy business. Good luck finding a non-tour playing woman who knows more about golf. Listen when she speaks. She tells me I need to all the time!!
But enough about those you know. Let me tell you a little bit about those you might not be so familiar with.
Brian Hewitt's been seen on our air many times, but now comes to The Golf Channel full-time from GolfWeek where he certainly set a high standard for journalistic integrity and creative insight. Brian's been around the block in this business. A long-time golf writer, he first spent time working in the Windy City for one of Chicago's 'big-two' dailies. Among his assignments, Brian covered the Bears like the Buccaneer defensive backs recently blanketed Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. Not much gets past Hewitt no matter what he's covering, and his insight will be valuable on these shows.
How much do you know about Peter Oosterhuis? Born in London, he now lives in the Scottsdale, Ariz., area. Certainly you've seen him on CBS Sports coverage of the PGA Tour. But he started in television on The Golf Channel as our European Tour telecasts. 'Oosty', as he's known, played in six Ryder Cups and won the British Order of Merit money title for four straight years from 1971 to 1974. Runner-up twice at the British Open, Oosterhuis has 20 worldwide wins to his credit.
And when it comes to insightful commentary, Oosty never lets you down. This guy is a wealth of well-researched information. What I'm hoping for is that Hewitt or Lye will take him to task a time or two with some of their own 'homework.'
I'm told its my 'job' to steer the ship. That's great, and I love it. If I do my job, you'll get to know these guys and gals a lot better than you might on any other show. And hopefully this ship steers its way into your living room on a regular basis!
I'm biased of course, but I think this show has great days ahead.
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president