Golf Channel has the PGA Championship covered

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 7, 2011, 8:33 pm

Golf Channel is primed to deliver nearly 50 hours of comprehensive news coverage of the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga., featuring live news reports, inside analysis, player interviews, special guest appearances and compelling features.

Nearly 50 Hours of On-Site Coverage: Golf Channel’s news coverage of the PGA Championship will be headlined by “Live From the PGA Championship”, the network’s signature news program from golf’s major championships. Tuesday and Wednesday, “Live From the PGA Championship” will air news conference shows in the afternoon, followed by two-hour prime time shows at 6 p.m. ET. Thursday-Sunday, “Live From” will deliver wrap-around news coverage before and after tournament play. “Morning Drive”, the network’s live, weekday morning show, will expand its Tuesday and Wednesday shows to feature pre-event news conferences. The show also will expand to seven days next week, featuring daily guests from Atlanta Athletic Club. The “Grey Goose 19th Hole” will broadcast live from the golf course Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, and Michael Breed will host a special “The Golf Fix” on Monday at 7 p.m. ET, from the Atlanta Athletic Club driving range.

Live From the PGA Championship: Headlining Golf Channel’s coverage will be “Live From the PGA Championship”, originating from two sets at the Atlanta Athletic Club – the main stage located near the first tee of the Riverside Course and a round-table stage on the driving range. “Live From the PGA Championship” will feature player interviews, analysis, highlights, leaderboard updates and daily features from Golf Channel’s team of anchors, reporters and contributors.

Live from the PGA Championship Broadcast Team: Golf Channel’s “Live From the PGA Championship” broadcast team will include Kelly Tilghman, Rich Lerner, Kraig Kann, Steve Sands, Todd Lewis, Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, David Feherty, Charlie Rymer, Rex Hoggard, Jay Coffin, Jason Sobel, Tim Rosaforte, Alex Miceli and Ken Schofield.

Scheduled Guests: Special guests will join “Live From the PGA Championship” throughout the week, including Hall-of-Famer Greg Norman, Major Dan Rooney, PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka and PGA of America President Allen Wronowski.

Live From the PGA Championship Scheduled Features

Nobilo and Chamblee Take on Atlanta Athletic Club – Frank Nobilo will scout the holes at the Atlanta Athletic Club prior to the start of the tournament in segments that will air throughout the week. Nobilo and Brandel Chamblee also will look to re-create the key shots and moments on the course during prime-time news coverage.

Don Cheadle Voices PGA Championship Moments – Academy-award nominee Don Cheadle will voice a number of “PGA Championship Moments” that will air throughout the week.

Martin Kaymer – Tim Rosaforte will sit down with Martin Kaymer in a personality profile feature, talking about his passion for fashion on and off the golf course.

Nick Watney – Rosaforte will visit with Nick Watney, where Watney will discuss what he learned from losing the Sunday lead at the 2010 PGA Championship, along with his love for hip hop, the San Francisco Giants and flat brimmed baseball hats.

PGA Professional Features – Several PGA of America Professionals competing in the PGA Championship will be featured throughout the week.

Morning Drive Expands to Seven Days: Kicking off Golf Channel’s PGA Championship news coverage will be “Morning Drive”, hosted by Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams. Golf Channel’s popular weekday morning show will expand on Tuesday and Wednesday to cover pre-tournament news conferences, and also will air seven days next week, featuring live guests from Atlanta Athletic Club, daily.

Wall-to-Wall Coverage on GolfChannel.com: GolfChannel.com will feature expanded editorial content and interactive capabilities with fans timed to the PGA Championship, including:

Live Blogs & Chats

Jason Sobel will blog each day of the competition to keep fans up-to-date as the action unfolds. Thursday-Friday, 11-3 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 2-7 p.m. ET.

John Hawkins will chat with fans from 9-11 a.m. ET Thursday-Sunday

Editorial Coverage

Jason Sobel, Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell, Jay Coffin and Ryan Ballengee will contribute to the Golf Talk Central blog, along with daily columns, news articles, features and breaking news.

Sunday, Aug. 7 – David Toms’ feature, revisiting how he played the 72nd hole to win the 2001 PGA Championship. Written by Rex Hoggard.

Monday, Aug. 8 – Jason Sobel’s predictions for the PGA Championship.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Top 10 Major Championship Landmarks feature. Randall Mell will revisit Dustin Johnson’s experience at the 2010 PGA Championship with an accompanying list of the top-10 major championship landmarks – little patches of earth that have become historically significant because of what was won or lost.

Exclusive Online Video Content

Morning and evening updates from Golf Channel’s “Live From the PGA Championship” team will be available each day.

“Tee to Green” features with Frank Nobilo as seen on “Live From” also will be available.

Live From the PGA Championship Programming (all times ET)

Monday, Aug. 8 Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m. Golf Central, 6-6:30 p.m. The Golf Fix, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 Morning Drive, 7-11 a.m. Live From the PGA Championship, noon-4 p.m. (news conferences) Live From the PGA Championship. 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 10 Morning Drive, 7-10 a.m. Live From the PGA Championship, 1-3 p.m. (news conferences) Live From the PGA Championship, 6-8 p.m. Grey Goose 19th Hole, 8-9 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11-12 Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m. Live from the PGA Championship, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Live From the PGA Championship, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14 Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m. Live From the PGA Championship, 9-11 a.m. Live From the PGA Championship, 7-9 p.m.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: