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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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry