Golf Channel Posts 8th Straight Quarter of Viewership Growth

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 31, 2017, 1:05 pm

1st Quarter Millennial Viewership Up 60% over 2 Years, Up 33% vs. 4th Quarter 2016 

Golf Channel Digital Posts 40% Increase in Streaming Year-Over-Year, Marking Highest 1st Quarter Ever in Total Live Minutes Streamed

Golf Channel posted its eighth consecutive quarter of year-over-year viewership growth with 1st Quarter 2017 drawing 110,000 average viewers in Total Day, +1% vs. 1st Quarter 2016. This marks 19 of 25 quarters of viewership growth since Golf Channel joined NBC Sports Group in 2011. Across 1st Quarter, 20.6 million unique viewers tuned into Golf Channel, increasing to 44.7 million unique viewers across Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC telecasts. Golf Channel’s millennial viewership in 1st Quarter was +60% vs. two years ago, and + 33% vs. 4th Quarter 2016. Additionally, Golf Channel continued as the most-affluent audience in all of television with the highest median household income among all measured television networks, according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

“Golf Channel’s steady audience growth is a reflection of passionate viewers who continue to respond to live, high-quality and engaging content across all platforms,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports Group. “We aim to continue this momentum into Masters week with the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday morning, followed by nearly 90 hours of comprehensive news coverage anchored by Golf Central Live From the Masters,and culminating with our three-night primetime film, Jack.

GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL POSTS RECORD 1st QUARTER STREAMING

With two days still left in the quarter, Golf Channel marked its highest 1st Quarter ever in total live minutes streamed with nearly 73 million, +40% vs. 1st Quarter 2016. This is the second-highest quarter ever, behind only 3rd Quarter 2016, which featured the network’s first-ever live coverage of The Open.

SEASON 7 OF FEHERTY OFF TO HOT START:

Season 7 of the recently announced Sports Emmy-nominated series Feherty posted the most-watched and highest-rated episodes ever for a Golf Channel original production. Additionally, the two episodes of Feherty sitting down with Phil Mickelson ranked in the Top-5 for all sports programming across two consecutive Monday nights in March.

GOLF CHANNEL’S MASTERS WEEK PROGRAMMING:

  • Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals: Sunday, April 2 8 a.m.-1 p.m. ET

In partnership with the Masters Tournament Foundation, PGA of America and USGA, Golf Channel’s fourth year of televising live coverage from Augusta National will highlight each of the 40 boys and 40 girls who have advanced to Augusta National. Golf Channel also will dedicate pre- and post-event coverage on its daily news shows, Golf Central and Morning Drive.

  • Golf Central Live From the Masters

On Monday, April 3, Golf Channel will commence its nearly 90 hours of live news and Masters-themed programming, led by the network’s signature Golf Central Live From the Masters news coverage, focusing on emerging storylines, analysis, features and guest interviews throughout the week surrounding the first men’s major of 2017. Anchoring Golf Central Live From the Masters coverage from Augusta National Golf Club will be Mike Tirico, Rich Lerner and Steve Sands, alongside Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Colin Montgomerie, Frank Nobilo, Notah Begay, Mark Rolfing, and John Feinstein. Notable guests expected to appear currently include past Masters champions Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw and Raymond Floyd.

  • Jack: Sunday, April 9 – Tuesday, April 11, 9 p.m. ET

Golf Films’ Jack, a three-night television event capturing the comprehensive story of record 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, blends recollections from Nicklaus, as well as his playing competitors, family members, sports legends, business partners and childhood friends. Featuring a collection of nearly 100 interviews, Jack includes appearances from Presidents Donald Trump and George W. Bush, along with other sport “Greats of All-Time” such as Roger Federer, Wayne Gretzky, Richard Petty, Jerry Rice, Nolan Ryan, Annika Sorenstam and Kelly Slater. Narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Tom Selleck, Jack utilizes accounts from Nicklaus gathered over the past 18 months and showcases an unprecedented video collection of rarely seen broadcast footage from his record 18 major championship victories.

Sources: All Nielsen data Live+Same Day unless otherwise noted. 2017 (12/26/2016-03/26/2017) vs. 2016 (12/28/15-12/25/16) and. 2015 (12/29/14-12/27/15) as listed, using program based strict half-hour data. Reach totals based on 6-minute qualifier and full-quarter unification. Persons 2+ and Persons 25-34 unless otherwise noted. HHI is against all other full-time Nielsen measured TV networks. Additional details available. Digital Metrics from Adobe Reports & Analytics.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.