Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open Headlines Nearly 60 Live Hours of News & Analysis, June 13-19 on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 6, 2016, 6:55 pm

U.S. Open Week Features Include: A Tree Removal Revolution; the History of Oakmont Country Club, Bob Ford’s Final Farewell to Oakmont

Golf Channel Digital to Offer Live Blog for One-Stop Destination for All Things Surrounding 116th U.S. Open


Golf Channel has announced its programming plans for the 116th U.S. Open, taking place June 13-19 at Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh, led by Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open contributing to nearly 60 total hours of live news coverage throughout the week. Hosting the championship for a record-ninth time, Oakmont is often identified as one of the most difficult golf courses in the world.


Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open will originate primarily from a dedicated set positioned between Oakmont’s 14th and 15th holes. Golf Channel’s on-site news presence at Oakmont will feature 10 strategic camera locations, which will include robotic cameras staged 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. Coverage also will make use of an additional robotic camera stationed between the 3rd and 4th hole fairways, offering unique views of Oakmont’s iconic “church pews” bunker.


Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open


Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open will begin on Monday, June 13 and continue through Sunday, June 19. Rich Lerner (primetime shows), Kelly Tilghman and Ryan Burr will rotate hosting duties, while Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Frank Nobilo, Mark Rolfing, Arron Oberholser and Michael Breed will serve as analysts, along with 2014 European-winning Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. 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 (previews available upon request):


  •  A Tree Removal Revolution: Known for its expansive and undulating greens, Oakmont at one time also showcased an abundance of trees which helped to define one of golf’s most storied venues. Matt Ginella examines the unique story behind Oakmont’s architectural shift, led by a well disguised revolution to remove hundreds of the courses’ trees one-by-one in the middle of the night. The move to return to the course’s original sans-foliage design saw Oakmont remove some 7,000 trees ahead of the 2007 U.S. Open, and another 7,500 in the years      following leading into 2016’s edition.
  •  The History of Oakmont Country Club: Hosting a record ninth U.S. Open this year, Ginella considers why Oakmont makes for such a fitting venue for the year’s second men’s major. From the remorseless test the course presents, to the willing support of the club’s membership, mixed with a long history of signature U.S. Open moments, several experts weigh in on why Oakmont makes for the perfect confluence of ingredients for golf’s most difficult test.
  •  Bob Ford’s Final Farewell to Oakmont: Celebrating his 37th year as head professional at Oakmont, Bob Ford is arguably as synonymous with Oakmont as is Johnny Miller for his historic final round 63 in 1973. Ford will say goodbye to Oakmont at year’s end, stepping down in order to focus full-time on a head pro position at Seminole Golf Club in Florida – a role he’s held during the winter months for the past 16 years. Gary Williams profiles the legacy Ford will leave at Oakmont when he steps away later this year.


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 Oakmont with Gary Williams, Damon Hack, Chris DiMarco and Matt Ginella, who will be joined by other guests throughout the week. Coverage will showcase original content shot on-site at Oakmont, including segments with Williams and Charlie Rymer from throughout the golf course, and Williams’ sit-down interview with Oakmont head pro Bob Ford to preview what players will encounter ahead of Thursday’s opening round. Morning Drive also will provide viewers with a taste of some of downtown Pittsburgh’s most iconic sights and venues.


The Golf Fix


Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air on Monday, June 13 at 6 p.m. ET, live from the range at Oakmont. The show will focus on how those in the field can prepare to conquer the toughest test in golf, including tips for fast, undulating putts, and keys to finding the Oakmont fairways and holding its firm greens.


PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center


On Monday, June 13 at 11:30 p.m. ET, PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center will air a new episode dedicated to the U.S. Open. Larry Nelson, champion of the 1983 U.S. Open –contested at Oakmont – will be featured, offering insight into the course’s most demanding holes.


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 Oakmont 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 more than 80 countries, 200 million households and 11 languages.


Digital Coverage will feature expanded coverage from its team of writers on-site at Oakmont: Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner, Randall Mell, Jay Coffin and’s Joe Posnanski. 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.


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


Monday, June 13


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 14


7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive


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


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


Wednesday, June 15


7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive


9 a.m.-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 16


6-8 a.m.                                   Morning Drive


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


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


Friday, June 17


6-8 a.m.                                   Morning Drive


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


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


Saturday, June 18


6-8 a.m.                                   Morning Drive


8-11 a.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open


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


Sunday, June 19


6-8 a.m.                                   Morning Drive


8-11 a.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open


7:30-9:30 p.m.                         Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open


-NBC Sports Group-


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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry