Golf Channel To Deliver Unprecedented On-Air And Digital Coverage From The 2014 PGA Merchandise Show

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 20, 2014, 5:55 pm

Golf Channel will deliver unprecedented coverage of the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show – the world’s largest golf industry show – this week with nearly 15 hours of live coverage from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Morning Drive, the network’s morning news and lifestyle show, will broadcast live from a dedicated set on the showroom floor Wednesday-Friday, and will kick off Tuesday’s coverage with live reports from the PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day at Orange County National Golf Club and Lodge. Golf Central, the network’s signature news show, also will report live throughout the week from the PGA Merchandise Show featuring interviews and segments from across the showroom floor. Streaming of Golf Channel’s PGA Merchandise Show programming will be available for the first time ever via Golf Live Extra.

Comprehensive online editorial coverage also will be available via GolfChannel.com, the network’s social media channels  (#PGASHOW), live streamed via Golf Live Extra, as well as satellite radio simulcasts through SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

MORNING DRIVE LIVE FROM THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW

Morning Drive’s live presence at the PGA Merchandise Show represents the most ambitious remote broadcast to date for Golf Channel’s daily morning show, delivering the latest news and trends from the golf industry. Morning Drive will be hosted by Gary Williams, Holly Sonders, Charlie Rymer, Matt Ginella and George Savaricas. PGA TOUR winner Steve Flesch will report from the showroom floor and Scott Walker will provide daily features. Morning Drive also will introduce special segments dedicated to the PGA Merchandise Show, including a new segment that will look to uncover some of the more unique exhibitors and their products.

Morning Drive will broadcast in front of a live audience at the PGA Merchandise Show and will encourage audience participation and interaction during the broadcasts. Wednesday-Friday, Morning Drive guests will be welcomed on a dedicated new set overlooking the entire PGA Merchandise Show floor. A sample of guests scheduled to appear include 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and PGA TOUR winner Ryan Moore, World Golf and LPGA Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam, PGA of America President Ted Bishop, renowned instructor David Leadbetter, U.S. Representatives Daniel Webster (R-Fla) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky), and industry leaders Chip Brewer (Callaway Golf President and CEO), Tim Clarke (Wilson Golf GM), Cindy Davis (Nike Golf President), Todd Harman (Cleveland Golf / Srixon President ), Mark King (TaylorMade CEO), Dan Murphy (Bridgestone Executive VP, Sales and Marketing), Bob Philion (Cobra Puma Golf President), and John Solheim (Ping CEO), among many others.

GOLF CENTRAL LIVE REPORTS FROM THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW

Golf Central will recap all of the day’s activities from the PGA Merchandise Show, beginning Tuesday with Demo Day and continuing Wednesday-Friday from the showroom floor.

FEHERTY LIVE BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK SPECIALS

David Feherty returns with not one, but two of his signature, live shows. Feherty, called by USA Today an “interviewer like no other,” will host two performances of Feherty Live that will be shot on consecutive nights in front of studio audiences at Universal Studios Orlando, on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. ET. Feherty has been described as “one of the funniest men in the game” by Yahoo! Sports and his series “a cross between Oprah and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times. Guests include on Tuesday: Lee Trevino, Lou Holtz and Graeme McDowell; and on Wednesday: Greg Norman, James Patterson and Mike Eruzione.

FIRST-EVER SPECIAL FROM BEHIND THE SCENES OF FEHERTY LIVE

As a prelude to the live shows, on Monday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET, Feherty will pull back the curtains for his first-ever Feherty Live: Behind the Scenes Special, taking viewers backstage for never-before-scene moments from the first three Feherty Live performances during Super Bowl Week in Indianapolis, Ryder Cup week in Chicago and in Orlando last year during PGA Merchandise Show week.

DIGITAL COVERAGE: NEW ONLINE SHOW FOR THE RECORD

GolfChannel.com will bolster its daily news coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show with exclusive video from the convention center on the latest trends in the industry. GolfChannel.com senior writers Jason Sobel and Rex Hoggard and associate editor Bailey Mosier will provide daily blog updates, analysis and columns throughout the week.

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 @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Twitter and Instagram. Golf Channel anchors and reporters will provide exclusive “Video Tweets” from the showroom floor leading into Golf Channel commercial breaks, giving viewers the latest updates on the happenings throughout the week.

GOLF CHANNEL COVERAGE ON SIRIUSXM PGA TOUR RADIO

Golf Channel on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio (XM ch. 93, Sirius ch. 208) will simulcast Morning Drive, Golf Central and Feherty Live during the PGA Merchandise Show Tuesday-Friday, providing listeners an inside look into golf’s largest industry show. Morning Drive simulcasts: Tue., Wed. and Fri. from 10-11 a.m.; Thur. from 9-11 a.m. Golf Central simulcasts: Mon. – Wed. from 11 p.m.-Midnight. Feherty Live Behind-The-Scenes Special simulcast: Mon. from 9-10 p.m., Feherty Live simulcasts: Tues. and Wed. from 9-10 p.m. All times ET.

GOLF CHANNEL PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (All times ET)

Monday          

Feherty Live Behind-The-Scenes         9-10 p.m.

Tuesday          

Morning Drive                                     7-10 a.m. (Demo Day Coverage)

Golf Central                                         6-7 p.m. (Demo Day Coverage)

Feherty Live                                         9-10 p.m.

Wednesday    

Morning Drive                                     8 a.m.-Noon

Golf Central                                        6-6:30 p.m.

Feherty Live                                        9-10 p.m.

Thursday        

Morning Drive                                    8-11:30 a.m.

Golf Central Pre Game                        2:30-3 p.m.

Golf Central                                       7-7:30 p.m.

Friday             

Morning Drive                                   8:30-11:30 a.m.

Golf Central Pre Game                       2:30-3 p.m.

Golf Central                                      7-7:30 p.m.

Getty Images

Watch: Daly makes an ace at the Chubb Classic

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 18, 2018, 9:01 pm

John Daly won't walk from the Chubb Classic with the trophy, but he certainly deserves recogition for his Sunday scorecard, which came complete with a hole-in-one.

Daly aced the 154-yard par-3 16th on the Talon Course at TwinEagles, when his ball carried the froont bunker and tracked right to the hole.

Two holes later, Daly signed for a final-round 67 that included four birdies, three bogeys and two eagles, which both in the span of four holes on the back nine.

Getty Images

Gustafson shares stuttering success video

By Randall MellFebruary 18, 2018, 8:31 pm

Sophie Gustafson shared a breakthrough Sunday morning on YouTube.

Gustafson, a five-time LPGA winner and 16-time Ladies European Tour winner, shared her news in a 4-minute and 15-second video.

She did so without stuttering.

And that’s the nature of her breakthrough, something she is sharing in hopes that it will help others who stutter.

“I’m certainly not perfect, and the next time you see me, I am going to stutter, there is no question about that,” she says in the video. “But I am excited, because I am going in the right direction, and I believe I have found the solution that works for me.”

For someone who has struggled with stuttering all of her life, Gustafson has touched so many with her ability to communicate. She has entertained her legion of Twitter followers with her sense of humor. She also has written articles.

Back in 2011, Gustafson touched Golf Channel viewers when she opened up about her stuttering in an interview that was aired during the Solheim Cup. Her courage in sharing her challenges was recognized the following year, when the Golf Writers Association of American presented her its Ben Hogan Award, an honor bestowed to someone who has persevered through physical ailment. She also won the LPGA’s Heather Farr Perseverance Award that year.

Gustafson, 44, left the game as a player three years ago to become Beth Allen’s full-time caddie on the Ladies European Tour. She explains in the YouTube video that she is making her breakthrough with the help of Steve Gill, a team member with Tony Robbins’ life and business strategy group.

Gustafson said Gill led her to breathing, meditation and incantation exercises that have helped her since they began working together eight months ago.

“If you know anyone who stutters, tell them to breathe in and then speak,” Gustafson said. “I tried it the other way for 44 years, and it's just not working.” 

Getty Images

J.Y. Ko wins her first start as an official LPGA member

By Randall MellFebruary 18, 2018, 4:09 pm

Make way for Jin Young Ko.

The South Koreans keep delivering one new star after another to the LPGA ranks, and they aren’t going to disappoint this year.

Ko made some history Sunday winning the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, closing with a 3-under-par 69 to claim a wire-to-wire victory. She became the first player in 67 years to win her LPGA debut as a tour member. Beverly Hanson (1951) is the only other player to do so.

Hyejin Choi, an 18-year-old who just turned pro, is yet another emerging South Korean star looking to crack the LPGA ranks. She finished second Sunday, three shots back after closing with a 67. She played on a sponsor exemption. She is already No. 11 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings and likely to move up when the newest rankings are released. Had Choi won Sunday, she could have claimed LPGA membership for the rest of this season.


Full-field scores from the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open


Ko, 22, moved herself into early position to try to follow in Sung Hyun Park’s footsteps. Park won the Rolex Player of the Year and Rolex Rookie of the Year awards last year. She joined Nancy Lopez as the only players to do so. Lopez did it in 1978. Park shared the Player of the Year honor with So Yeon Ryu.

Ko said winning the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award is a goal, but she didn’t come into the year setting her sights on Player of the Year.

“I haven’t thought about that yet,” she said.

Ko finished at 14 under overall.

It was a good week for rookies. Australia’s Hannah Green (69) finished third.

Ko claimed LPGA membership this year based on her victory as a non-member at the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea last fall. She’s already a star in South Korea, having won 10 times on the Korean LPGA Tour. She is No. 20 in the world and, like Choi, poised to move up when the newest world rankings are released.

Former world No. 1 Lydia Ko closed with an even par 72, finishing tied for 19th in her 2018 debut. She is in next week’s field at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Getty Images

Luiten takes title at inaugural Oman Open

By Associated PressFebruary 18, 2018, 3:25 pm

MUSCAT, Oman - Joost Luiten of the Netherlands won the inaugural Oman Open on Sunday to break a title drought of nearly 17 months.

The 32-year-old Dutchman shot a 4-under 68 to finish on 16-under 272, two shots ahead of his friend, England's Chris Wood (69).

It was Luiten's sixth European Tour title and the first since the 2016 KLM Open.

Frenchman Julien Guerrier (71) virtually assured that he would not have to go to qualifying school for the 12th time with a third-place finish after a 13-under 275.

Luiten started with three birdies in his first four holes, but bogeys on the seventh and eighth set him back. On the back nine, he made three birdies, including a key one on the 16th, where he made a 30-foot putt.

''It feels great. I didn't know what to expect when I came here but to play a course like this which is in great condition - it's a great technical golf course as well - it was beyond my expectation and to hold the trophy is even better,'' said Luiten, who is expected to rise to No. 65 in the new rankings on Monday.

''I had a great start, that's what I was hoping for. I hit some nice ones in close and rolled in a couple of nice putts and that gets you in the right position, where you want to be.


Full-field scores from the NBO Oman Golf Classic


''Unfortunately, I had a couple of bogeys as well on the front nine, but I recovered from that with a couple of nice birdies on the back nine and it was a good battle with Woody.''

Playing one group ahead, England's Wood was right in the mix and tied with Luiten at 15-under when their fortunes went in opposite directions almost at the same time. On the 17th hole, Wood drove his tee shot into the hazard left and could do no more than chip his ball out for a bogey. Luiten, meanwhile, drained his 30-footer birdie putt on the 16th for a two-shot swing.

Recovering his form after a series of disappointments, Wood was let down by the loss and said: ''It's golf isn't it? You are never happy.

''I played poorly for six or eight months. Would have never thought I would have put myself into contention. And when you do, you feel gutted when you don't win. I am pretty down really, but in the grand scheme of things, when I reflect after a couple of days, I will think it is a big step in the right direction.''

Luiten's win also got him into the top 10 in the Race to Dubai, securing him a start at the WGC-Mexico Championship in two weeks.

Frenchman Alexander Levy (70), who was hoping to finish in the top five to push into the top 10 in the Race to Dubai and grab the WGC-Mexico spot himself, did manage a joint fourth place at 11 under, but Luiten's victory kept him 11th.

The European Tour next moves to Doha for the Qatar Masters starting on Thursday.