Golf Channel Begins 25 Consecutive Days of Live Tournament Golf on Thursday, May 14

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 11, 2015, 5:25 pm

25 Days of Live Golf Includes More Than 200 Hours of Live Tournament Programming Across Five Professional Tours

and NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships

 

#Watch25 Sweepstakes Gives Viewers Chance to Win

Daily Prizes via Social Media

Golf Channel is expanding upon golf’s traditional Thursday through Sunday tournament schedule by adding early week Monday through Wednesday live tournament play, which will translate into 25 Days of Live Golf for viewers, beginning Thursday, May 14 and continuing through Sunday, June 7. In total, the 25 straight days of live golf will include more than 200 hours of live tournament coverage of the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, European Tour, Champions Tour, Ladies European Tour and the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf Championships.

“Our 25 Days of Live Golf capitalizes on creative opportunities to showcase our partners’ live events during the days of the week when tournament golf isn’t traditionally played,” said Tom Knapp, Golf Channel senior vice president, programming. “The willingness of our partners to consider innovative scenarios where they can take center stage helps to increase awareness of their events and provides Golf Channel’s audience live tournament coverage every day of the week.”

Viewers will have an opportunity to win prizes via social media during Golf Channel’s 25 Days of Live Golf through the #Watch25 sweepstakes. Starting on the first of the 25 consecutive days of live golf, Thursday, May 14, Golf Channel’s tournament on-air teams will pose a daily trivia question asking viewers to tweet their answer using the hashtag #Watch25Sweeps. One winner will be selected each day, and will receive prizes, including free rounds of golf courtesy of GolfNow. Viewers can follow @GolfChannel on Twitter, which will feature the daily opportunities to win the #Watch25 Sweepstakes.

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY COVERAGE DURING 25 DAYS OF LIVE GOLF:

NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships (25 live hours): Golf Channel will dedicate 25 combined live hours to the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, being contested at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. The Women’s Championships will air Monday-Wednesday, May 25-27, while the Men’s Championship will air the following week, Monday-Wednesday, June 1-3. In addition, Golf Central will feature nearly 25 hours of combined pre-and post-event news coverage produced on location, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and online at GolfChannel.com.

Ladies European Tour (9 live hours): The Turkish Airlines Ladies Open being contested on the Ladies European Tour will help bridge the opening week of 25 days with coverage airing Monday-Wednesday, May 18-20.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY PROFESSIONAL TOUR COVERAGE DURING 25 DAYS OF LIVE GOLF:

PGA TOUR (41 live hours): Wells Fargo Championship (May 14-17, Charlotte, N.C.); Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (May 21-24, Fort Worth, Texas); AT&T Byron Nelson Championship (May 28-31, Irving, Texas); the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance (June 4-7, Dublin, Ohio).

LPGA Tour (22.5 live hours): Kingsmill Championship (May 14-17, Williamsburg, Va.); ShopRite LPGA Classic (May 29-31, Galloway, N.J.); Manulife LPGA Classic (June 4-7, Cambridge, Ont., Canada).

European Tour (84.5 live hours): Open de España (May 14-17, Barcelona, Spain); BMW PGA Championship (May 21-24, Surrey, England); Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (May 28-31, Northern Ireland); Nordea Masters (June 4-7, Malmo, Sweden).

Champions Tour (19 live hours) – including two Major Championships: Regions Tradition (*Major* May 14-17, Shoal Creek, Ala.); Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (*Major* May 21-24, French Lick, Ind.); Principal Charity Classic (June 5-7, Des Moines, Ia.)

STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA: All tournament action surrounding 25 Days of Live Golf can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online through Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra.

Golf Channel’s “25 Days of Live Golf” Tournament Airtimes (all times ET):

Thursday, May 14

Open de España                       European Tour          5:30-7:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Regions Tradition                    Champions Tour      12:30-2:30 p.m.

Wells Fargo Championship      PGA TOUR                 3-7 p.m.

Friday, May 15

Open de España                       European Tour           5:30-7:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Regions Tradition                    Champions Tour        12:30-2:30 p.m.

Wells Fargo Championship      PGA TOUR                 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, May 16

Open de España                      European Tour            7:30-11:30 a.m.

Wells Fargo Championship      PGA TOUR                  1-2:30 p.m.

Regions Tradition                    Champions Tour        3-5 p.m.

Kingsmill Championship         LPGA Tour                  5-7 p.m.

Sunday, May 17

Open de España                      European Tour             7:30-11:30 a.m.

Wells Fargo Championship      PGA TOUR                   1-2:30 p.m.

Regions Tradition                   Champions Tour          3-5 p.m.

Kingsmill Championship         LPGA Tour                   5-7 p.m.

Monday, May 18

Turkish Airlines Ladies Open  Ladies European Tour  8-11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 19

Turkish Airlines Ladies Open  Ladies European Tour  7-10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 20

Turkish Airlines Ladies Open  Ladies European Tour  7-10 a.m.

Thursday, May 21

BMW PGA Championship       European Tour             5 a.m.-1 p.m.

Senior PGA Championship      Champions Tour          1-4 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Invitational        PGA TOUR                   4-7 p.m.

Friday, May 22

BMW PGA Championship       European Tour             5 a.m.-1 p.m.

Senior PGA Championship     Champions Tour         1-4 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Invitational        PGA TOUR                 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, May 23

BMW PGA Championship       European Tour             7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Invitational        PGA TOUR                 1-2:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 24

BMW PGA Championship       European Tour             7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Invitational        PGA TOUR                 1-2:30 p.m.

Senior PGA Championship      Champions Tour         2:30-3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 25

Women’s Golf Championships            NCAA                         4-7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26

Women’s Golf Championships            NCAA                         10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 3:30-7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27

Women’s Golf Championships            NCAA                         3-7 p.m.

Thursday, May 28

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open     European Tour           3-8 a.m.; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

AT&T Byron Nelson                 PGA TOUR                 4-7 p.m.

Friday, May 29

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open    European Tour          7 a.m.-1 p.m.

ShopRite LPGA Classic           LPGA Tour                 1-3:30 p.m.

AT&T Byron Nelson               PGA TOUR                 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, May 30

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open     European Tour          8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

AT&T Byron Nelson               PGA TOUR                 1-2:30 p.m.

ShopRite LPGA Classic          LPGA Tour                  3-6 p.m.

Sunday, May 31

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open     European Tour           8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

AT&T Byron Nelson                 PGA TOUR                 1-2:30 p.m.

ShopRite LPGA Classic            LPGA Tour                  3-6 p.m.

Monday, June 1

Men’s Golf Championships     NCAA                         4-7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 2

Men’s Golf Championships     NCAA                         10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 3:30-7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3

Men’s Golf Championships     NCAA                         3-7 p.m.

Thursday, June 4

Nordea Masters                     European Tour             5-7 a.m.; 9 a.m.-Noon

Manulife LPGA Classic             LPGA Tour                  Noon-2 p.m.

the Memorial Tournament       PGA TOUR                 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 5

Nordea Masters                     European Tour             5-7 a.m.; 9 a.m.-Noon

Manulife LPGA Classic            LPGA Tour                  Noon-2 p.m.

the Memorial Tournament       PGA TOUR                 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

Nordea Masters                       European Tour             7:30-11:30 a.m.

the Memorial Tournament        PGA TOUR                 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Manulife LPGA Classic              LPGA Tour                  2:30-5:30 p.m.

Principal Charity Classic          Champions Tour          5:30-7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 7

Nordea Masters                       European Tour             7-11:30 a.m.

the Memorial Tournament       PGA TOUR                 Noon-2 p.m.

Manulife LPGA Classic              LPGA Tour                  2-5 p.m.

Principal Charity Classic          Champions Tour          5-7 p.m.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."