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

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

Article: Thomas (64) rallies to defend CIMB title

Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

Article: Thomas refuses to let disastrous hole derail TOC win

Article: Worst week ever ends with another title at Sony Open

Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

Article: Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

Take a look: Thomas’ scorecard from his amazing 59

Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63

Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut

Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club

Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth

The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ

Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year

And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

Article: Thomas caps torrid 12-month run with CJ Cup win

Photo Galleries: Best of ...

Best of: Justin Thomas and Jillian Wisniewski

Best of: Justin Thomas through the years

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 12:30 pm

Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.