Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open Headlines Nearly 60 Live Hours of News, Analysis and Highlights, June 12-18 on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 8, 2017, 8:30 pm

U.S. Open Week Features Include: Defending Champion Dustin Johnson, History of Erin Hills and the 50-Year Anniversary of Amateur Marty Fleckman Leading the 1967 U.S. Open After Three Rounds

Golf Channel Digital to Offer Live Blog for One-Stop Destination for All Things Surrounding 117th U.S. Open

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 8, 2017) Golf Channel has announced its programming plans for the 117th U.S. Open, taking place June 12-18 at Erin Hills golf course north of Milwaukee, led by Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open contributing to nearly 60 total hours of live news coverage throughout the week.

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open will originate primarily from a dedicated set overlooking the cottages of Erin Hills near the 1st tee. Golf Channel’s on-site news presence will feature multiple strategic camera locations, including adjacent to the driving range, short game area and putting green to give viewers an inside the ropes perspective as players in the field prepare for competition.

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open will begin on Monday, June 12 and continue through Sunday, June 18. Rich Lerner, Mike Tirico, Ryan Burr and Kelly Tilghman will rotate hosting duties, while Notah Begay, Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Justin Leonard, Frank Nobilo, Mark Rolfing and Michael Breed will serve as analysts. Golf Channel Insiders Tim Rosaforte, Rex Hoggard and Ken Schofield along with award-winning author John Feinstein will offer insight and storylines on players in the field, while Todd Lewis and Steve Burkowski will provide reports from inside the ropes and conduct player interviews.

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open Scheduled Features:

  • History of Erin Hills and How it Became a U.S. Open Venue: Golf Channel Travel Insider Matt Ginella will give viewers an inside look at the history of Erin Hills, how it initially struggled through financial hardships before ultimately being awarded the U.S. Open in 2010.
  • Defending champion and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson – Rich Lerner takes a look back at the 2016 U.S. Open and Dustin Johnson’s first major championship victory. The feature also will give a behind the scenes look at Johnson off the course, including interviews with Paulina and Wayne Gretzky.
  • 1967 U.S. Open – 50 years ago, 23-year old amateur Marty Fleckman became the first amateur to lead the U.S. Open after 54 holes in over 30 years. He would go on to shoot a final-round 80, losing to Jack Nicklaus. Later that year, Fleckman turned professional and won his first start on the PGA TOUR, but never won again. In a ‘where are they now’ feature, Golf Channel visits with Fleckman, now a teaching professional in Texas, to recollect on the 1967 U.S. Open and his career that followed.

Morning Drive

Morning Drive will kick off each day of U.S. Open week with the latest news and storylines surrounding the competition. The show will feature live reports from Erin Hills with Gary Williams, Charlie Rymer, John Cook and Matt Ginella, who will be joined by other guests throughout the week.              

The Golf Fix

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air on Monday, June 12 at 6 p.m. ET, live from the driving range at Erin Hills. The show will focus on challenges the players will face, including long rough and fast greens. PGA TOUR winner Kevin Kisner and his coach, John Tillery also are scheduled to join the show.               

PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center

On Monday, June 12 at 11:30 p.m. ET, PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center will air a new episode dedicated to the U.S. Open. 1983 U.S. Open winner Larry Nelson, two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen, current U.S. Senior Open winner Gene Sauers and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker all will join host David Marr III to help preview the major championship.

International U.S. Open Programming

Golf Channel also will produce live international U.S. Open news programming from its Orlando World Headquarters in both Japanese and Mandarin. The shows will feature live reports and custom content from Erin Hills throughout the week. These productions will complement the international distribution of Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open, which is distributed to markets within Golf Channel’s worldwide footprint in to nearly 500 million viewers in 78 countries and nine languages.

Digital and Social Coverage

Golf Channel Digital will feature expanded coverage from its team of writers on-site at Erin Hills: Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner, Randall Mell and Will Gray. Content will be driven by a live blog which will serve as the one-stop destination for everything U.S. Open. Coverage also will include up-to-the-minute scoring updates, features, analysis and reaction to emerging storylines and photo galleries.

Lisa Cornwell, Chantel McCabe, Brian Bateman and Tripp Isenhour will provide previews, analysis and news coverage throughout the week via Golf Channel Digital and Golf Channel’s social media platforms, originating from Golf Channel’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla., including “Instant Analysis” online once tournament play begins.

U.S. Open Week Programming Air Times (all times ET):

Monday, June 12

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

1-4 p.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

7-9 p.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Tuesday, June 13

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

9 a.m.-6 p.m.                           Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

7-9 p.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Wednesday, June 14

7-9:30 a.m.                              Morning Drive

9:30 a.m.-Noon                       Golf Central                           

Noon-5 p.m.                            Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

7-9 p.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Thursday, June 15

6-8 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

8-9 a.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

9-9:30 a.m.                              Golf Central

9:30-11 a.m.                            Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

9-11 p.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Friday, June 16

6-8 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

8-9 a.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

9-9:30 a.m.                              Golf Central

9:30-11 a.m.                            Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

9-11 p.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Saturday, June 17

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

9-11 a.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

8-10 p.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Sunday, June 18

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

9-11 a.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

8:30-10:30 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

You don’t believe it, though.

She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

“In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

“I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

“She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

“She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

“Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

“It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

“No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:

Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

“I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”


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Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

“He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic.

Cook has gone 36 holes without a bogey on the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside - the site of the final two rounds in the last PGA Tour event of the calendar year - on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

''We've just been able to it hit the ball really well,'' Cook said. ''Speed on greens has been really good and getting up-and-down has been great. I've been able to hit it pretty close to the hole to make some pretty stress-free putts. But the couple putts that I have had of some length for par, I've been able to roll them in. Everything's going well.''

The 26-year-old former Arkansas player was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.


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''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''

Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. He earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour, and has hired Gay's former caddie, Kip Henley.

''With him being out here so long, he knows everybody, so it's not like I'm completely the new kid on the block,'' Cook said. ''He's introduced me to a lot of people, so it's just making me feel comfortable out here. He knows his way around these golf courses. We're working really well together.''

First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside to drop into a tie for third at 9 under with C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back at 8 under.

''I was hitting the ball really well coming down here,'' Snedeker said. ''I was anxious to see how I would hold up under pressure. I haven't played a tournament in five months, so it's held up better than I thought it would. Ball-striking's been really good, mental capacity's been unbelievable.

''I think being so fresh, excited to be out there and thinking clearly. My short game, which has always been a strength of mine, I didn't know how sharp it was going to be. It's been really good so far.''