Golf Channel to Give Viewers Head Start on New Year's Resolution to Improve Their Game with "12 Tips of Xmas," Dec. 14-24

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 14, 2015, 2:20 pm

“12 Tips of Xmas” Kicks off with Special Holiday Instruction Show, Airing Exclusively on and

Featuring New Tips from Michael Breed, Peter Jacobsen, Todd Hamilton and Martin Hall

Twelve Golf Channel Academy Coaches to be Featured within Special Year-End “Morning Drive” Programming, Dec. 14-24

Viewers Can Utilize More Than 70 Tips Being Showcased Across

Golf Channel Social Media Platforms Using #12TipsofXmas

VIDEO: Special Holiday Instruction Show: #12TipsofXmas

Golf Channel is helping viewers get an early start on their New Year’s resolution to improving their golf game in 2016, with a dedicated “12 Tips of Xmas” campaign, beginning this week and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 24.

To help kick off the 12 Tips of Xmas, is featuring a special holiday instruction show on its homepage. The show is hosted by School of Golf‘s Blair O’Neal, and features exclusive new tips from Michael Breed, host of The Golf Fix; Champions Tour players Peter Jacobsen and Todd Hamilton; Golf Channel Academycoach Erika Larkin; and School of Golfhost Martin Hall. Beginning today, Dec. 14, and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 24, an additional 11 tips featuring Golf Channel Academy coaches will be unveiled one-by-one each day in the closing segment of the network’s Morning Drive year-end specials.’s specific show pages also will take part in 12 Tips of Xmaswith carousels of instruction tips from throughout the year.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Golf Channel’s social media platforms will complement the on-air and online component of 12 Tips of Xmas with an extensive campaign across its social media handles using the hashtag #12TipsofXmas. Collectively over the course of the 12 day campaign, posts will encompass more than 70 video clips of instruction tips from throughout the network’s 2015 programming. To access all #12TipsofXmas videos, follow:

Golf Channel:   Facebook & Twitter

Golf Channel Academy:   Facebook & Twitter

The Golf Fix:   Facebook & Twitter

Morning Drive:   Facebook & Twitter

YEAR-END INSTRUCTION PROGRAMMING: In addition to tips airing within Morning Drive, Golf Channel will feature some of the most memorable tips and lessons from 2015, beginning Monday, Dec. 14 and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 24. Programming will include episodes of The Golf Fix, Golf Channel Academy, School of Golf, Champions Tour Learning Center and Playing Lessons, and will air each day, Dec. 14-24, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. Viewers won’t have to wait long for the return of new instruction programming, with dates and airtimes scheduled for shows to make their 2016 debut:

The Golf Fix                                                 Monday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. ET

Golf Channel Academy                                Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. ET

School of Golf                                              Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. ET

Champions Tour Learning Center               Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Playing Lessons                                           Spring 2016

GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMY IN 2016: Golf Channel’s network of instruction facilities, Golf Channel Academy, also has become an on-air staple, with its coaches regularly appearing on Morning Drive in the popular “Coach of the Week” segments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with instruction tips to help viewers improve their game. “Coach of the Week” will resume in 2016, Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 5-6, with Henry Brunton (Ontario, Canada). And taking the coaching element a step further, the new Golf Channel Academy Digital Magazine is now available at, where golfers can sign up for a free trial. The latest issue focuses on unique ways to practice like the pros, and will be available Tuesday, Dec. 15.

#12TipsofXmas Airing on Morning Drive Schedule (All Times Eastern)

Monday, Dec. 14                    Trent Wearner (Englewood, Colo.)                             7-9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 15                    Kevin Weeks (Lemont, Ill.)                                        7-9 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 16               Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott  (Scottsdale, Ariz.)          7-8 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 17                   Charlie King (Greensboro, Ga.)                                 7-8 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 18                       Fred Griffin (Orlando, Fla.)                                         7-8 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 19                   Mitchell Spearman (Rye Brook, N.Y.)                          7-8 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 20                     Dana Rader (Charlotte, N.C.)                                      7-8 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 21                    Kip Puterbaugh (Carlsbad, Calif.)                               7-8 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 22                    Kelley Brooke (New York, N.Y.)                                 7-8 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 23               Kenny Nairn (Celebration, Fla.)                                  7-8 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 24                   Kellie Stenzel  (Palm Beach, Fla.)                               7-8 a.m.


Monday, Dec. 14        The Golf Fix                                                                           11 a.m.

                                 Golf Channel Academy – John Daly  (Driving)                           Noon

                                 Champions Tour Learning Center                                            12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 15       School of Golf - Get in the Zone                                              11 a.m.

                                  Playing Lessons – Gerina Piller                                                Noon

Wednesday, Dec. 16   The Golf Fix                                                                            11 a.m.

                                  Champions Tour Learning Center – Legendary Lessons           Noon

                                  Golf Channel Academy – Dave Stockton (Putting)                    12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 17      School of Golf – Unique Swings                                               11 a.m.

                                  Playing Lessons – Morgan Pressel                                            Noon

Friday, Dec. 18           Golf Channel Academy – Retief Goosen (Full Swing)                 11 a.m.

                                  Champions Tour Learning Center                                            11:30 a.m.

                                   The Golf Fix                                                                            Noon

Saturday, Dec. 19        Playing Lessons – Long Drivers                                               11 a.m.

                                   School of Golf – Power Pointers                                               Noon

Sunday, Dec. 20          Champions Tour Learning Center – Legendary Lessons            11 a.m.

                                   Golf Channel Acadmy – Jim Furyk (Full Swing)                          11:30 a.m.

                                   The Golf Fix                                                                            Noon

Monday, Dec. 21         Playing Lessons – Scott Stallings                                               11 a.m.

                                   School of Golf – Find Your Putting Stroke                                Noon

Tuesday, Dec. 22         The Golf Fix                                                                             11 a.m.

                                    School of Golf – Bring Your ‘A’ Game                                      Noon

Wednesday, Dec. 23     Golf Channel Academy – Ian Woosnam (Scoring Irons)               11 a.m.

                                    Champions Tour Learning Center                                              11:30 a.m.

                                    Golf Channel Academy – Paul McGinley (Short Game)               Noon

                                    Champions Tour Learning Center                                              12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 24        The Golf Fix                                                                              11 a.m.

                                    School of Golf – Mickelson Magic                                              Noon



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McCoy earns medalist honors at Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout

Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.