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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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.