Golf Channel Announces Coast-to-Coast Claret Jug Tour Leading Up to 146th Open at Royal Birkdale

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 11, 2017, 5:05 pm

Tour to Target Cultural, Sporting Events, Kicking Off April 13 at Universal Hollywood & Concluding July 5 at Universal Orlando 

Fans Will Have an Opportunity to Take Photos with Claret Jug, Engrave Initials on Ball Marker Keepsake in Anticipation of The Open

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 11, 2017) - In advance of the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale – which is set to begin in exactly 100 days (July 20-23) – Golf Channel today announced that the Claret Jug – golf’s most iconic trophy – will take part in a coast-to-coast tour across the United States. In partnership with The R&A, the Claret Jug tour will kick off on Thursday, April 13 at Universal Hollywood and include stops at sporting and cultural events, golf venues and popular locations in more than a dozen cities across the country before concluding at Universal Orlando just two weeks prior to The Open.

“The Claret Jug is not only one of the most iconic trophies in sports, but it’s also had a unique history in traveling the world with the Champion Golfer of the Year” said Regina O’Brien, senior vice president, marketing for Golf Channel. “Given the many celebrations and wonderful memories for past Champion Golfers of the Year associated with the Claret Jug, it’s fitting that the tour will include a number of festivals and cultural events for all to admire ahead of The Open in July.”

Fans visiting one of the tour stops will have an opportunity to take photos with the trophy that dates back to 1872. Attendees also will receive a ball marker – branded for The Open – which they can engrave with their initials to replicate the traditional engraving process that is used each year to inscribe the name of the ‘Champion Golfer of the Year’ at The Open.

The Claret Jug will visit a variety of cultural events, including the Great American Foodie Fest, Texas Scottish Festival, Lincoln Park Wine Festival, Taste of Charlotte, Major League Baseball games, Major League Soccer games, and a number of stops at Topgolf locations nationwide.


Custom golf club selfie sticks will be on-hand at each stop for fans to capture themselves with the Claret Jug as they climb atop an oversized rendition (6’ tall, 10’ in diameter) of the base of the trophy featuring the names of past Champion Golfers of the Year. 


Fans can track the Claret Jug tour through a microsite that will include the schedule of events, photos, social media feeds, and a quiz on The Open. Those following #ClaretJug on Twitter will receive updates with information on the tour, along with photos from each of the stops over the nearly three-month duration of the tour. Additionally, at select tour events, a “Twitter Mirror” will allow attendees to take selfies that will automatically be aggregated into the tour’s social media feed. Fans also will have a chance to take part in trivia questions testing their Open knowledge.

NBC Sports Group will televise exclusive coverage of the 146th Open from Royal Birkdale in the United Kingdom, with nearly 50 live hours of tournament coverage, Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Cart on the green

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.