Golf Channel to Deliver Record 25 Hours of Coverage from the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 26-29

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 21, 2016, 2:20 pm

World’s Largest Golf Trade Show to Kick Off PGA’s Centennial Year in 2016

 

Morning Drive, Golf Central to Give Viewers Insider’s Access

to the Show, Featuring Interviews with Industry Leaders

and Insight on the Latest Products and Trends for 2016

 

Golf Channel Instruction Programs to Originate from On-Site; with

School of Golf at Demo Day, The Golf Fix from the Merchandise Show Floor

Golf Channel announced its plans to televise 25 hours of on-air coverage from the 63rd PGA Merchandise Show – the most-ever coverage of the PGA Show for the network – Tuesday, Jan. 26-Friday, Jan. 29. Golf Channel’s coverage will span across four days, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26 from the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge driving range in Winter Garden, Fla., for “Outdoor Demo Day,” and continuing Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 27-29 from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Coverage will provide viewers with an insider’s look at the Show, featuring live interviews with industry leaders and a comprehensive overview of the latest products and trends for 2016, including new lines of equipment and apparel from nearly 1,000 golf brands exhibiting on-site throughout the week. The week also will serve as the official kickoff to the PGA of America’s Centennial year in 2016.

“The PGA of America is delighted that our friends at Golf Channel will once again provide comprehensive coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show,” said Pete Bevacqua, PGA of America CEO. “This year is especially meaningful, as together we will celebrate the PGA’s Centennial by focusing on the impact PGA members and our PGA Sections have on the game. This is a wonderful moment for the PGA, as we pay tribute to our past and look toward our promising future.”

“The PGA Merchandise Show is a unique and important gathering of the golf industry and Golf Channel continues to expand and elevate its coverage to introduce our audience to the latest industry trends,” said Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel. “The week also provides an opportunity to commemorate the Centennial anniversary of the PGA of America and the commitment and significant contributions PGA Professionals make to the game.”

Golf Channel’s coverage of “Demo Day” on Tuesday, Jan. 26, will begin at 7 a.m. ET, with its Morning Drive program on-site to highlight the latest in golf equipment. Tuesday’s show will include interviews with PGA President Derek Sprague and PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET, a live ceremonial tribute will be held to honor the PGA’s Centennial and the game’s storied PGA Professionals. The tribute will feature 82 tee shots from 41 PGA Professionals representing each of the PGA Sections from around the country, along with 41 junior golfers from the PGA Junior League team in the greater Orlando area, symbolizing the PGA of America’s next 100 years. The 82 tee shots will be hit in rapid succession, with cameras capturing each shot over the course of about three minutes. Tuesday morning’s tribute also is scheduled to feature five paratroopers jumping from a helicopter above Orange County National and landing in the center of the driving range.

Morning Drive coverage of the PGA Show will transition indoors to the Orange County Convention Center, Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 27-29 to give viewers an all-access tour of the Show and the nearly 1,000 golf brands exhibiting on-site. In addition to Morning Drive, Golf Central, the network’s evening news show, also will provide on-site reports throughout the week, with featured interviews and segments originating from the Show floor.

PRODUCTION ELEMENTS

The network’s coverage from the Convention Center will originate from a large, multi-purpose space elevated above the Show floor, and will feature three set configurations, a putting green and a golf simulator. The set also will incorporate production elements like the overhead “Fly Cam,” a unique camera technology made popular in televising football and other sports. Suspended above the Show floor, the Fly Cam will span more than 700 feet, giving viewers an aerial viewpoint of show exhibitors.

SCHEDULED GUESTS

Scheduled Morning Drive guests throughout the Show include a collection of the game’s top Tour professionals, along with industry leaders and executives. Players scheduled to make live appearances include: two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell, ANA Inspiration champion Lexi Thompson, Ian Poulter, Justin Thomas, Morgan Hoffmann and World Golf Hall-of-Famers Lee Trevino and Johnny Miller. Longtime instructor for World No. 1 Jordan Spieth and 2015 PGA Teacher of the Year, Cameron McCormick, also will join the program.

SCHOOL OF GOLF & THE GOLF FIX SHOW PRODUCTION FROM ON-SITE

Two of Golf Channel’s signature instruction programs will take their show on the road in conjunction with PGA Show week. A new episode of School of Golf will be shot on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from “Demo Day” at Orange County National, which will air the following night, Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. ET. Show host Martin Hall will be joined by Will Wilcox, one of the best ball strikers on the PGA TOUR (ranked second in Ball Striking and Total Driving last season) to reveal his ball striking keys to success. On Thursday, Jan. 28, The Golf Fix will shoot its milestone 300th episode from the Convention Center Show floor at Golf Channel’s dedicated set. Show host Michael Breed will be joined by McCormick. The show will air on Monday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. ET.

“FAIRWAYS OF LIFE” AIRING ON-SITE FROM PGA SHOW

The award-winning Fairways of Life satellite radio show – airing on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio and video simulcasting on GolfChannel.com – will be on-site from the PGA Show floor, Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 27-29, from 7-9 a.m. ET and will feature show host Matt Adams, along with a guest lineup of several industry leaders. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Fairways of Life also will showcase a special three-hour show from 7-10 a.m. ET from Golf Channel Headquarters to help kickoff coverage of Merchandise Show week, with a look ahead to “Demo Day.” Listeners are able to watch Fairways of Life daily via the show’s dedicated video streaming site: WatchFairwaysofLife.com; Golf Channel’s GolfLiveExtra.com and Golf Live Extra App.

GOLFNOW EXHIBITING AT BOOTH #2173

GolfNow, the industry’s leader in golf-related technology and services, will be exhibiting Wednesday-Friday from Booth #2173. In addition to showcasing advanced technologies that have created the largest tee-time marketplace in golf, GolfNow also will be educating course owners and operators about new services designed to help them run their businesses more efficiently and successfully. GolfNow Solutions experts will be on hand at GolfNow’s 2,400-square-foot booth, offering its course partners and other interested parties technology demonstrations, as well as consultation on any of the GolfNow Services: GolfNow Plus, a top-line focused consultative performance system for golf courses, including marketing, sales and automated pricing; GolfNow Answers, a call center for golf courses, answering customer calls day and night; and GolfNow Ride, a no-cost purchasing program that can save courses up to 20 percent on items they use day-to-day, such as food, office supplies and agricultural products.

DIGITAL & STREAMING

Golf Channel’s PGA Merchandise Show coverage will be available to stream via Golf Live Extra, and comprehensive online editorial and video coverage also will be available on GolfChannel.com. Golf Channel’s social media platforms will keep viewers engaged in the conversation about what’s generating buzz at the #PGASHOW throughout the week via the network’s social media channels – @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Twitter, @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Instagram and GolfChannel and GCMorningDrive on Facebook.

TALENT LINEUP

Golf Channel’s expansive coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show will utilize several on-air talent from the network’s News division, beginning with Charlie Rymer and Lauren Thompson offering coverage of Demo Day on Tuesday. In addition to Rymer and Thompson, Wednesday-Friday coverage from the Convention Center will include Damon Hack, Gary Williams, Cara Robinson, John Cook, Matt Ginella, George Savaricas, Angela Akins, Bailey Mosier and Matt Adams.

PGA Merchandise Show Week Programming Schedule: Jan. 26-29 (All Times Eastern)

Tuesday                         Morning Drive            7-10:30 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Replay)

                                      Fairways of Life          7-10 a.m. (Live)

                                     Golf Central                6-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 11-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Wednesday                    Fairways of Life          7-9 a.m. (Live)

                                    Morning Drive             8:30 a.m.-Noon (Live) / Noon-3:30 p.m. (Replay)

                                    Golf Central                6-7 p.m. (Live)

                                    School of Golf             7 p.m.

Thursday                     Fairways of Life           7-9 a.m. (Live)

                                   Morning Drive             8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)                   

Friday                          Fairways of Life           7-9 a.m. (Live)           

                                   Morning Drive             8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Monday (Feb. 1)          The Golf Fix                 7 p.m.

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.