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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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.