Golf Channel Joins NBC Sports in Celebration of Super Bowl XLIX Week

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 14, 2015, 3:10 pm

With the PGA TOUR in Phoenix, Golf Central Will Report from Custom Set Built Inside the Famous 16th Hole ‘Coliseum’ at TPC Scottsdale; Plus Celebrities Take Their ‘Shot at Glory’ in Front of the Par-3’s Raucous Gallery

 

Golf Channel to Air Early Round, Live Coverage of the PGA TOUR’s

Waste Management Phoenix Open – ‘The Greatest Show on Grass’

 

David Feherty Unleashes His Critically Acclaimed Wit and Humor – NFL Style – With Back-to-Back Nights of Feherty Live from Phoenix

 

As NBC prepares for its exclusive presentation of the biggest sporting event of the year – Super Bowl XLIX – NBC Sports Group’s Golf Channel also will present marquee events and themed programming from Phoenix, Ariz., to celebrate the week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1.

Golf Central Live from the Famous 16th Hole at TPC Scottsdale:

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 27, Golf Channel will take its Golf Central news show on the road to the site of the PGA TOUR’s best-attended event of the year, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which regularly attracts upwards of 500,000 spectators.  Golf Central will broadcasting from a custom-designed set inside what has become popularly known as “The Coliseum,” the famous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale and loudest hole in golf, where more than 25,000 rowdy spectators surrounding the hole will serve as the show’s backdrop.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. ET, an extended version of Golf Central will showcase the Phoenix Suns Shot at Glory, an entertaining closest-to-the-pin contest for charity featuring celebrities, business leaders and Wounded Warriors.  Taking place on the famous 16th hole, participants not only have the pressure of the shot, but they also have to perform in front of thousands of people on golf’s loudest hole.  Past winners include rock star Alice Cooper (2010), country star Dierks Bentley (2013) and Phoenix Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman (2014).  Expected to participate is Old Tom Morris, the character spokesperson seen in popular commercials for GolfNow, Golf Channel’s industry-leading online tee time booking platform.

Golf Channel will carry live, early round coverage of the Waste Management Phoenix Open from TPC Scottsdale, on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29-30, from 2:30-6:30 p.m. ET; as well as live, lead-in coverage on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET.  Headlining the field of players are three-time champion Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.

NBC Sports’ Al Michaels Kicks Off Season Five of Feherty:

On Monday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET, season five of Feherty will begin with a visit with Al Michaels, legendary sportscaster and play-by-play commentator for Sunday Night Football on NBC, as well as NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX.  David Feherty and Michaels discuss a career in sports that spans nearly 50 years highlighted by Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals and great Olympic moments, including his call at the historic “Miracle on Ice” game between the United States and the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.  Michaels’ book, “You Can’t Make This Up,” currently is a New York Times best seller.

Feherty Live Returns to the Super Bowl:

Emmy-nominated David Feherty is ready to unleash the wit, wackiness and an unconventional interview style during Super Bowl week that has earned his show critical acclaim, with two Feherty Live stage shows originating from Phoenix, Ariz.  Featuring guests from the worlds of golf, the NFL and entertainment, both shows also will air live on Golf Channel, Wednesday, Jan. 28, and Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. ET.

Feherty has been described as one of the “funniest men in the game” by Yahoo! Sports and these two shows will mark his sixth and seventh live performances on Golf Channel, and the second time from a Super Bowl host city.  In 2012 in Indianapolis, Feherty brought down the house with football greats Joe Theismann, Steve Mariucci and Tim Tebow at the height of Tebow-mania.

This year, an expected live audience of 1,000 fans will rock the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix for each Feherty Live show.  MCA recording artist and country singer-songwriter Josh Kelley will return as musical entertainment.

#Finding Feherty Scavenger Hunt:

Phoenix-area residents will have the opportunity to win tickets to a Feherty Live show, as well as meet David Feherty, through a social media scavenger hunt titled #FindingFeherty.  Starting Jan. 21 and leading up to the first performance of Feherty Live on Jan. 28, Golf Channel will give away 49 pairs of tickets, which will be hidden in high-trafficked, public places in the Phoenix area.  Clues to finding the tickets will be sent out via Golf Channel’s Twitter and Instagram  feeds.  One pair of tickets will be “golden tickets,” which will include – in addition to complimentary admission to a Feherty Live show – a chance to meet David Feherty in person, a free foursome round of golf courtesy of GolfNow, and tickets to the Golf Central set at the 16th hole “Coliseum” at the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Time for GolfNow:

The industry’s leading online, tee time service, GolfNow – part of Golf Channel’s suite of digital businesses utilizing technology to encourage more golfers to play more golf – will have a major presence in Phoenix, a top-10 market in the United States for total number of golfers.  Partner course operators, as well as GolfNow’s most engaged golf bookers in the region will be invited to enjoy the Waste Management Phoenix Open for the company’s Customer Appreciate Day.  Activities include invitations to go inside Golf Central’s “Super Suite” from the 16th hole “Coliseum,” attend a Feherty Live performance, and cheer on GolfNow’s beloved Old Tom Morris character during the tournament’s Shot at Glory charity contest.  GolfNow also will host an expo booth on the grounds of TPC Scottsdale where it will showcase a selection of mobile apps, including GolfNow, Golf Channel Academy – and GolfAdvisor.com, Golf Channel’s new golf course recommendation site for golfers, by golfers.

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Stock Watch: Strange grumpy; Tiger Time again?

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 1:00 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Jon Rahm (+9%): This should put his whirlwind 17 months in the proper context: Rahm (38) has earned four worldwide titles in 25 fewer starts – or a full season quicker – than Jordan Spieth (63). This kid is special.

Tommy Fleetwood (+7%): Putting on a stripe show in windy conditions, the Englishman defended his title in Abu Dhabi (thanks to a back-nine 30) and capped a 52-week period in which he won three times, contended in majors and WGCs, and soared inside the top 15 in the world.

Sergio (+3%): Some wholesale equipment changes require months of adjustments. In Garcia’s case, it didn’t even take one start, as the new Callaway staffer dusted the field by five shots in Singapore.

Rory (+2%): Sure, it was a deflating Sunday finish, as he shot his worst round of the week and got whipped by Fleetwood, but big picture he looked refreshed and built some momentum for the rest of his pre-Masters slate. That’s progress.

Ken Duke (+1%): Looking ahead to the senior circuit, Duke, 48, still needs a place to play for the next few years. Hopefully a few sponsors saw what happened in Palm Springs, because his decision to sub in for an injured Corey Pavin for the second and third rounds – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard – was as selfless as it gets.


FALLING

Austin Cook (-1%): The 54-hole leader in the desert, he closed with 75 – the worst score of anyone inside the top 40. Oy.

Phil (-2%): All of that pre-tournament optimism was tempered by the reality of his first missed cut to start the new year since 2009. Now ranked 45th in the world, his position inside the top 50 – a spot he’s occupied every week since November 1993 – is now in jeopardy.

Careful What You Wish For (-3%): Today’s young players might (foolishly) wish they could have faced Woods in his prime, but they’ll at least get a sense this week of the spectacle he creates. Playing his first Tour event in a year, and following an encouraging warmup in the Bahamas, his mere presence at Torrey is sure to leave everyone else to grind in obscurity.

Curtis Strange (-5%): The two-time U.S. Open champ took exception with the chummy nature of the CareerBuilder playoff, with Rahm and Andrew Landry chatting between shots. “Are you kidding me?” Strange tweeted. “Talking at all?” The quality of golf was superb, so clearly they didn’t need to give each other the silent treatment to summon their best.

Brooks Koepka (-8%): A bummer, the 27-year-old heading to the DL just as he was starting to come into his own. The partially torn tendon in his left wrist is expected to knock him out of action until the Masters, but who knows how long it’ll take him to return to game shape.

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.