Golf Channel to Feature More Than 60 Live Hours of News Coverage during U.S. Open week

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 10, 2015, 4:45 pm

U.S. Open Week begins on Monday, June 15, with Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open signature news coverage contributing to more than 60 total hours of live news programming surrounding the 115th U.S. Open.

Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

Anchoring the network’s coverage of Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open will be Rich Lerner, Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Frank Nobilo, Kelly Tilghman, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay, Arron Oberholser, Steve Sands, Ryan Burr, Todd Lewis, Michael Breed, Tim Rosaforte and John Feinstein.

Chambers Bay: Tee to Green with Frank Nobilo

In addition to his role as an analyst during Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open, Frank Nobilo will give viewers an in-depth look at Chambers Bay through his “Tee to Green” segments, which will run in Golf Channel news programming throughout the week and highlight the signature holes that could play a crucial role to players in contention down the stretch during Sunday’s final round.

Tournament Preview Roundtable, Wednesday June 17, 4-5 p.m. ET

Within the network’s Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open programming on Wednesday, June 17, Golf Channel will feature a roundtable discussion, beginning at 4 p.m. ET with World Golf Hall of Famer and two-time U.S. Open Champion (1988, ’89) Curtis Strange, as well as contributing reporters John Feinstein and Geoff Shackelford. Golf Channel on NBC’s Steve Sands will moderate the discussion, which will examine the steps taken to elevate Chambers Bay as a U.S. Open venue, the history of the course, and top tournament storylines on the eve of the Championship.

Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open Scheduled Features (previews available upon request):

  • Getting to Know Chambers Bay – A relative unknown for nearly all 156 players in the U.S. Open field, Matt Ginella details the ins and outs of Chambers Bay, and how the course – which was built in cooperation with the USGA – was initially met with heavy backlash from locals before emerging as 2015’s staging of summer’s toughest, highly anticipated test.
  • A Family Affair?  – Jimmy Roberts uncovers the complicated and often rocky relationship between course architects (and brothers), Rees Jones and Robert (Bobby) Trent Jones Jr. Following in the footsteps of their father, Robert Trent Jones Sr., – a renowned course architect in his own right – the Jones brothers have made their own mark on the game, albeit in markedly different ways, and with an inordinate amount of friction along the way.
  • Evolution of the U.S. Open Rotation – Oakmont, Shinnecock, Winged Foot and Oakland Hills are course venues synonymous with the U.S. Open, popularized by having held a place in the rotation for several decades. This year, Chambers Bay plays host to America’s national championship for the first time, and Erin Hills (Hartford, Wis.) will host its first U.S. Open in 2017. John Feinstein reports on the meticulous process for selecting the course location of golf’s most challenging major, and how it has evolved over the years.
  • 1990 U.S. Open – A look back at the 1990 U.S. Open, and the 19-hole playoff that eventually separated Hale Irwin from Mike Donald. On the 25-year anniversary of the showdown at Medinah Country Club, Donald recalls his “almost” moment of glory and discusses what could have been.

Morning Drive

Morning Drive will kick off each morning of U.S. Open week with the latest news and storylines surrounding the competition. The show will feature live reports with Matt Ginella and other guests from Chambers Bay, as well as in-studio analysis from Gary Williams, Charlie Rymer, Cara Robinson, Damon Hack, Lauren Thompson, John Cook and Chris DiMarco from Studio AP at Golf Channel’s World Headquarters. Coverage also will include original content previously shot on-site at Chambers Bay, including features with Rymer on the challenging green complexes and various tee shots that players will encounter.                

The Golf Fix

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air on Monday, June 15 at 6 p.m. ET and focus on how to have success playing a course like Chambers Bay, which is known for its uneven lies and windy weather conditions. The show also will focus on certain players who may have a leg-up on the rest of the field, and how learning to shape the ball can simplify your game.

International U.S. Open Programming

Golf Channel also will produce live international U.S. Open news programming from its Orlando World Headquarters in both Japanese and Mandarin. The shows will feature live reports and custom content from Chambers Bay throughout the week. These productions will complement the international distribution of Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open, which is distributed to markets within Golf Channel’s worldwide footprint in more than 80 countries, 200 million households and 11 languages.

Digital Coverage will feature expanded coverage from its team of writers on-site at Chambers Bay: Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner, Will Gray and Jay Coffin. Content will include news reports, feature stories and exclusive video, as well as a daily live blog keeping readers up-to-date on all the developing storylines. Online video will include highlights and analysis from Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open, recaps and reports, and an episode of For the Record with Rex Hoggard shot from on-site in Washington.


U.S. Open Week Programming Air Times (all times ET):


Monday, June 15

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

2-6 p.m.                                   Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

7-9 p.m.                                   Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open


Tuesday, June 16

7-11 a.m.                                 Morning Drive

11 a.m.-5 p.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

7-9 p.m.                                   Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open


Wednesday, June 17

7-11 a.m.                                 Morning Drive

11 a.m.-5 p.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

7-9 p.m.                                   Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open


Thursday, June 18

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

9 a.m. – Noon                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

11 p.m.-1 a.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open


Friday, June 19

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

9 a.m.-Noon                            Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

11 p.m.-1 a.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open


Saturday, June 20

9-11 a.m.                                 Morning Drive

11 a.m.-2 p.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

10 p.m.-Midnight                    Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open


Sunday, June 21

9-11 a.m.                                 Morning Drive

11 a.m.-2 p.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.             Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

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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 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.