Golf Channel to Celebrate Tiger Woods' 40th Birthday On-Air, Online with Dedicated Original Video, Editorial Content

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 17, 2015, 2:25 pm

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In celebration of 14-time major champion and former World No. 1 Tiger Woods’ 40th birthday (on Dec. 30), Golf Channel is dedicating a collection of video and editorial content scheduled to appear on-air, online and across the network’s social media platforms.

ON-AIR: On Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will air a special hour-long Golf Central special titled, “Tiger Turns 40,” examining the impact Woods has made on the game. Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner will moderate the discussion, with a panel that includes Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, Golf Digest editor-in-chief Jaime Diaz, and Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte. During the course of the show, the panel debates the merits of Jack Nicklaus vs. Woods as the “best golfer of all time.” Chamblee favors Woods over Nicklaus due to his dominance over his competition, while Diaz favors Nicklaus and his record 18 major championships. Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman and Notah Begay also sit down for a segment on Begay’s relationship with Tiger (his college teammate at Stanford University), and the impact Earl Woods (Tiger’s father) had on molding the younger Woods into an eventual icon of the sport.

“I think it really does come down to two players in the history of this game,” Chamblee said.  “And I think that’s pretty clear between Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. And it should be said that longevity sanctifies an idea, a career, a relationship, a government. In that regard, Jack Nicklaus’ career was so long. [He] won major championships over 24 years, spanned three generations. But Tiger Woods dominated in a way that had never been done before, and will never be done again. So at least in my estimation, you’d have to give the edge to Tiger Woods as the greatest player of all time.”

EDITORIAL: The editorial team for is adding perspective to Woods’ 40th birthday through several columns focusing on the overall impact he’s left on the game, as well as an in-depth discussion on Woods’ career for a “Tiger Woods Turns 40” special podcast on

Mercer Baggs, managing editor of, pens a column trying to answer the question, “Who is Tiger Woods?” Baggs asserts, There aren’t five people who’ve meant more to the game than he has. Arguably no one. Someone of that import elicits great emotion from the public, beyond the boundaries of the game. Who he is, not just what he’s done, matters to a populous base. Maybe some can separate the man from the sport, and say that they don’t care what this person does in his personal life as long as he entertains. But there are others who cannot differentiate between the two.

Ryan Lavner, staff writer for, makes a case for why Woods remains one of the game’s most relevant figures, Even as his game becomes more curiosity than cultural obsession, even as the next generation of stars dominates the way he used to, Tiger Woods has remained the focal point of the sport by almost any metric. The Tiger Effect is alive and well as he approaches his 40th birthday – it just looks, sounds and feels different. 

In a second column, Lavner details the impression Woods has made on golf’s young stars, In many ways, Woods made golf like other sports. He showed emotion. He electrified the crowd. He brought a new level of athleticism and intensity. The marketing team at Nike played an important role as well, transforming Woods from a nerdy, socially awkward college kid into a national icon. Without Woods’ influence, it’s fair to wonder whether Jordan Spieth would have played baseball like his father … or PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Daniel Berger would have played tennis like his dad … or Tony Finau would have played basketball like his cousin. Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, Billy Horschel and Patrick Rodgers all likely could have pursued another sport besides golf, but they didn’t

Rex Hoggard, senior writer for, predicts what the next phase of Woods’ career will look like, Woods’ 40th birthday has become a much more nuanced milestone. While there is no shortage of players who enjoyed success well into their 40s, few if any began the final decade of their careers with so many unanswered questions. Whatever comes next for Woods depends entirely on how his back responds to three surgeries in two years, but there is a litany of examples of players who were competitive at the highest levels well into their fourth decade.

SOCIAL MEDIA: and the network’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram handles will highlight a number of videos centered around the former World No.1, including the “Tiger Woods Turns 40” podcast, along with several videos from Golf Channel’s archives dating back to 1996 at the early onset of a Hall-of-Fame career. A Woods “through the years” photo gallery will be featured on Dec. 30 on Woods’ birthday, and the @GCTigerTracker handle also will be live tweeting with a special “Tiger 40” graphic.

The network’s coverage of Woods’ 40th will contribute to Golf Channel’s overall year-end programming, which began this week with a collection of Golf Central and Morning Drive specials dedicated to golf’s most memorable moments of 2015. The lineup of programming also will include Rickie Fowler’s unforgettable final round and playoff victory at THE PLAYERS (airing Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET), Jordan Spieth’s run at a Grand Slam, and the heroic comeback by the United States amidst controversy at the Solheim Cup (Saturday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. ET).


Thursday, Dec. 17                   RBC Heritage                                                 3-6 p.m.

                                                The Honda Classic                                          7-11 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 18                       Zurich Classic of New Orleans                       3-6 p.m.

                                                Valspar Championship                                    7-11 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 19                   Wells Fargo Championship                             3-6 p.m.

                                                THE PLAYERS Championship                     7-11 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 20                     Arnold Palmer Invitational                             7-11 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 21                    Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 2-6 p.m.

                                                WGC-Cadillac Championship                        7-11 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 22                    WGC-HSBC Champions                                2-6 p.m.

                                                WGC-Cadillac Match Play                             7-11 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 23               WGC-Bridgestone Invitational                      2-6 p.m.

                                                The Barclays                                                   7-11 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 26                   Deutsche Bank Championship            Midnight-4 a.m.

                                                Presidents Cup – Day 3                                  1-6 p.m.

                                                BMW Championship                                      7-11 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 27                     Presidents Cup – Final Day                            1-6 p.m.

                                                TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola              7-11 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 2                      Open Championship                                       7-11 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 3                         PGA Championship                                        7-11 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 28                    ANA Inspiration                                             7-9 p.m.

                                                KPMG Women’s PGA Championship           9-11 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 29                    RICOH Women’s British Open                     7-9 p.m.

                                                The Evian Championship                            9-11 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 2                      Solheim Cup – Final Day                                1-6 p.m.


Wednesday, Dec. 30               Regions Tradition                                           7-9 p.m.

                                                Senior PGA Championship                             9-11 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 31                   Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS                         7-9 p.m.

                                                Senior Open Championship                            9-11 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 24                   Drive, Chip & Putt Championship                  2-6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 26                   World Long Drive Champ. – Round of 16    11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 27                     World Long Drive Champ. – Quarterfinals    11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 28                    NCAA Women’s Golf Champ. – Stroke Play    3-6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 29                    NCAA Women’s Golf Champ. – Match Play    3-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 30               NCAA Men’s Golf Champ. – Stroke Play     3-6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 31                   NCAA Men’s Golf Champ. – Match Play     3-6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 1                          East Lake Cup – Day 2                                   3-6 p.m.

GOLF CENTRAL SPECIALS SCHEDULE (**each premiering at 6 p.m. ET**)

Thursday, Dec. 17                   History Recorded: The Best of 2015

Friday, Dec. 18                       Jordan Spieth: Player of the Year

Saturday, Dec. 19                   2015 Insiders Debate: Part I

Sunday, Dec. 20                     2015 Insiders Debate: Part II

Monday, Dec. 21                    2015 Top 10 Stories

Tuesday, Dec. 22                    2015 Majors

Wednesday, Dec. 23               2016: Rio, the Ryder Cup, and Beyond

Saturday, Dec. 26                   2015 Top Feature Stories

Tuesday, Dec. 29                    2015 College Golf

Wednesday, Dec. 30               Tiger Turns 40

Thursday, Dec. 31                   2015 Top Shots

Friday, Jan. 1                          2015 Awards

MORNING DRIVE SPECIALS SCHEDULE (**each premiering at 7 a.m. ET**)

Thursday, Dec. 17                   Golf’s Top Feature Stories: Part I

Friday, Dec. 18                       Golf’s Top Feature Stories: Part II

Saturday, Dec. 19                   Top Golf Trips: Part I

Sunday, Dec. 20                     Top Golf Trips: Part II

Monday, Dec. 21                    2015 Majors        

Tuesday, Dec. 22                    2015 Top Shots

Wednesday, Dec. 23               2015 Top Guests: Part I

Thursday, Dec. 24                   2015 Top Guests: Part II

Saturday, Dec. 26                   2015 Top Tips

Thursday, Dec. 31                   2015 Top Moments

Friday, Jan. 1                          2016: Wild Year to Come


Thursday, Dec. 24                   Nicklaus vs. Palmer (Pinehurst No. 2 – 1994)            6 p.m.

                                                Couples vs. Els (Nicklaus North – 1998)                    7:30 p.m.

                                                Nicklaus vs. Player (Sunningdale – 2000)                  9 p.m.

                                                Azinger vs. Ballesteros (St. Andrews – 1995)            10:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 25                       Els vs. Price (Leopard Creek – 1999)                         Midnight

                                                Player vs. Trevino (World Golf Village – 1998)         1:30 a.m.

                                                Duval vs. Els (Cherokee Plantation – 2000)               3 a.m.

                                                Nicklaus vs. Trevino (Cabo del Sol – 1996)               4:30 a.m.

                                                DeVicenzo vs. Snead (Congressional – 1968)            6 a.m.

                                                Palmer vs. Boros (Cotton Bay Club – 1968)              7 a.m.

                                                Palmer/Rodriguez/ Brewer (El Conquistador – 1969)  8 a.m.

                                                Player vs. Thomson (Royal Melbourne – 1962)          9 a.m.

                                                Sarazen vs. Cotton (St. Andrews – 1962)                  10 a.m.

                                                Nelson vs. Littler (Pine Valley – 1962)                      11 a.m.

                                                Mickelson vs. Montgomerie (Cordillera – 1997)        Noon

                                                Nicklaus vs. Watson (Pebble Beach – 1995)              1:30 p.m.

                                                Couples vs. Mickelson (Gaillardia – 2000)                 3 p.m.

                                                Palmer vs. Player (Manele – 1996)                             4:30 p.m.

                                                Faldo vs. Norman (Sunningdale – 1994)                    6 p.m.

                                                Couples vs. Daly (Crosswater Club – 1999)               7:30 p.m.

                                                Garcia vs. Mickelson (Querencia – 2001)                   9 p.m.

                                                Couples vs. Watson (Mount Juliet – 1997)                 10:30 p.m.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm