Golf Channel Draws Nearly 8 Million Viewers During PGA Championship Week

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 19, 2015, 8:10 pm

 Network Posts Consecutive Most-Watched Major Championship Weeks for The Open and PGA Championship

Golf Channel Digital Posts Best PGA Championship Week Ever

Golf Channel served nearly 8 million unique viewers across PGA Championship week (+8% YOY), which is the second most-viewed total since 2010. Driven by Golf Central’s Live From The PGA Championship coverage from Monday through Sunday, Golf Channel also posted its most-watched week ever for the PGA Championship, with 107,000 average viewers per minute for 24-hour Total Day (6AM-6AM). Coverage peaked at 410,000 average viewers on Thursday from 1:45-2 p.m. ET and 456,000 average viewers on Friday from 1:30-1:45 p.m. ET. Overall for the week, viewership was up 6% YOY and 5% vs. 2013, as well as +27% vs. the historical average (84,000) for this week (2006-2014), according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

GOLF CHANNEL VIEWERSHIP COMPARISON: THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Total Audience:

2015                7.9 million      

2014                7.3 million                   +8%

2013                8.7 million                   -9%

2012                6.5 million                   +22%

2011                7.2 million                   +10%

2010                7.9 million                   Even

Average Viewers:

2015                107,000          

2014                101,000                       +6%

2013                102,000                       +5%

2012                58,000                         +84%

2011                89,000                         +20%

2010                81,000                         +32%

2009                88,000                         +22%

2008                65,000                         +65%

2007                87,000                         +23%

2006                88,000                         +22%

Last week, three respective days set new marks for most-watched day during the week of the PGA Championship, including Tuesday (95,000), Thursday (149,000) and Friday (147,000). And Sunday’s 121,000 average viewers was the second most-watched Sunday for Golf Channel at the PGA Championship, trailing only 2006 (129,000).

ADDITIONAL VIEWERSHIP NOTES: THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Golf Central’s Live From The PGA Championship, which was presented by Omega and Mercedes, featured nearly 60 hours of news and analysis throughout the week.
  • Golf Channel’s most-watched PGA Championship week follows the same record set for The Open Championship week, after posting second most-watched weeks for The Masters, PLAYERS Championship, and U.S. Open in 2015.
  • Morning Drive was up 5% vs. 2014 for the week.
  • The Golf Fix on Monday from 6-7 PM ET featuring 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Channel host Michael Breed live from the range at Whistling Straits was up 84% vs. The Golf Fix from the 2014 PGA Championship.

GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL POSTS RECORD TRAFFIC ACROSS KEY PLATFORMS AND METRICS:

Golf Channel Digital via GolfChannel.com and Golf Channel Mobile App posted record traffic for the week of The PGA Championship, according to Adobe Site Catalyst:

  • 32 million page views (+13% YOY) – Best PGA Championship Week ever
  • 2.0 million visitors (+16% YOY) – Best PGA Championship Week ever
  • 1.8 million video starts (+54% YOY) – Best PGA Championship Week ever

Additionally, Golf Live Extra streaming of Golf Central Live From the PGA Championship generated 1.73 million minutes watched (+41% YOY).

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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.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.