Golf Channel to Air Live Announcement of the Winner of the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M, Monday, May 25

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 13, 2015, 3:10 pm

In Partnership with 3M, the Fred Haskins Commission and the ANNIKA Foundation, Golf Channel Increases Awareness of One of the Most Prestigious Recognitions in Women’s Collegiate Golf

Established in 2014, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M Recognizes the Most Outstanding Female Collegiate Golfer

2015 ANNIKA Award Winner to Appear Live on Golf Channel During Golf Central’s Coverage of NCAA Women’s Golf Championships

Golf Channel announced today a new partnership with 3M, the Fred Haskins Commission and the ANNIKA Foundation to elevate exposure for one of the most prestigious awards in all of women’s golf, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M.

New for 2015, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M winner announcement will take place Monday, May 25 during Golf Channel’s live coverage of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, with the recipient appearing on-set as part of the network’s Golf Central news program.

Named after World Golf Hall-of-Famer and 1991 NCAA Individual Champion Annika Sorenstam, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3Mhonors the nation’s most outstanding female Division I collegiate golfer as selected by her peers, coaches and the golf media. UCLA’s Alison Lee won the inaugural award in 2014 after winning three times, and was named first team All-American, Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year. She is now competing full time on the LPGA Tour.

The live announcement will take place during Golf Central at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, May 25, with the winner appearing on-set immediately following the conclusion of the individual stroke play at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. Taking place at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships will air live on Golf Channel Monday-Wednesday, May 25-27, crowning the individual national champion followed by all three rounds of the team match-play tournament.

"We are thrilled about this new partnership with Golf Channel and its increased commitment to showcasing collegiate golf,” said Annika. “This is the next generation of great players and I am honored to have my name on this award with 3M. We look forward to growing this initiative, along with others championed by my foundation."

“3M is delighted to join forces again this year with the ANNIKA Foundation to celebrate the inspirational support that Annika and the foundation provide for young women athletes everywhere,” said Jesse Singh, senior vice president for marketing and sales at 3M. “We hope the 2015 ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M will encourage another young athlete on her path to success, and we look forward to announcing this year’s winner.”

“Annika is undoubtedly the greatest female golfer in history and has done so much to bring women’s golf to the forefront, both on and off the golf course,” said Tom Knapp, senior vice president of programming for Golf Channel. “We are excited to partner with the ANNIKA Foundation, the Fred Haskins Commission and 3M in growing increased awareness for the ANNIKA Award.”

Players, coaches and members of the golf media can vote at www.AnnikaAward.comthrough Sunday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET. After the votes are collected, the Fred Haskins Commission will verify the votes and determine the winner. Throughout the NCAA golf season, the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings are used to identify the top female collegiate golfers throughout the year. Golfweek is the founding media partner for the ANNIKA Award.

The Fred Haskins Commission, which for the past 44 years has overseen the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel in recognizing the most outstanding male collegiate golfer, also oversees the ANNIKA Award. Winners of the Haskins Award have captured 28 Majors and nearly 300 professional tournaments around the world. For the first time in 2015, the Haskins Award winner will receive his award live on Golf Channel, airing Monday, June 1 on Golf Central following the conclusion of the final round of men’s individual stroke play.

Golf Channel is building upon the success of its 2014 coverage of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships and is expanding in 2015 to include live news and tournament coverage of both the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, contested in back-to-back weeks at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., May 22-June 3. Coverage of the Women’s Golf Championships will air Monday-Wednesday, May 25-27, followed be coverage of the Men’s Golf Championships Monday-Wednesday, June 1-3.

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Ortiz takes Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x