Golf Channel to Air More Than 25 Hours of Tournament and News Coverage of Golf's First Major of 2016, ANA Inspiration

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 25, 2016, 2:45 pm

Golf Channel will deliver comprehensive news and tournament coverage of golf’s first major championship of 2016, the ANA Inspiration, next week in Rancho Mirage, Calif., when Brittany Lincicome headlines a field of 110 of the world’s best female golfers, strongest field to date in 2016.

20 HOURS OF TOURNAMENT COVERAGE: Golf Channel will air 20 hours of live tournament coverage of the ANA Inspiration from Mission Hills Country Club Thursday-Sunday, March 31-April 3. Coverage includes a one-hour, pro-am special on Wednesday; 12 combined hours of early round coverage on Thursday and Friday, featuring two broadcast windows each day to show the morning and afternoon waves; and a combined eight hours of live tournament coverage in primetime Saturday and Sunday.

BROADCAST TEAM: Terry Gannon and Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin will call the action from the broadcast booth, joined by hole analyst Tom Abbott and course reporters Jerry Foltz, Jim Gallager Jr., and Karen Stupples. Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam also joins Golf Channel’s live tournaments team next week as lead analyst during Thursday and Friday’s early coverage. Lisa Cornwell will conduct interviews and report for Golf Central, and Palm Desert’s Nicole Castrale will serve as a studio analyst from Golf Channel’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

Golf Channel / ANA Inspiration Airtimes (all times Eastern)

Wednesday (Pro-Am Show)             11 p.m. - Midnight

Thursday                                         Noon-4 p.m. / 7-9 p.m.

Friday                                              Noon-4 p.m. / 7-9 p.m.

Saturday                                          5-9 p.m.

Sunday                                             5-9 p.m.

NEWS CONFERENCE SHOWS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: Golf Channel will air pre-tournament press conferences Tuesday and Wednesday from the media center at Mission Hills Country Club, including an Olympic Golf press conference on Tuesday and a press conference from the Ladies European Tour (LET) where they will announce the 2017 European Solheim Cup captain.

DIGITAL: GolfChannel.com’s Randall Mell will report on-site at Mission Hills throughout the week with daily blogs, features and columns.

STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA :  All the news and tournament action surrounding the ANA Inspiration can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online through the help of Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.

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Wie takes shot at LPGA dress code in crop top

By Grill Room TeamDecember 10, 2017, 5:33 pm

The new LPGA dress code got mixed reviews when it was announced in July, and Michelle Wie is taking full advantage of her offseason with no restrictions.

The 28-year-old former U.S. Women's Open champion is keeping her game sharp while back in her home state of Hawaii, but couldn't help taking a shot at the rules while doing it, posting a photo to Instagram of her playing golf in a crop top with the caption, "Offseason = No dress code fine."

Offseason = No dress code fines #croptopdroptop

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Wie isn't the first to voice her displeasure with the rules. Lexi Thompson posted a similar photo and caption to Instagram shortly after the policy was announced.