Golf Channel Posts Most-Watched July Ever

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 30, 2015, 2:10 pm

 Golf Channel Digital Sets Record Marks Leading to Best Monthly Traffic Ever 

Golf Channel Remains No. 1 Most-Affluent Network in All of Television for Both Total Day and Primetime in July

 Viewership Momentum Leads into PGA Championship Week, Exciting Playoff Stretch and International Team Events on Golf Channel & NBC

Fueled by its most-watched Open Championship Week on-record, Golf Channel has posted its most-watched July ever and served 14.1 million unique viewers (+7% YOY). A record 112,000 viewers per minute tuned into Golf Channel in July (Mon-Sun 6AM-6AM), representing a 20% year-over-year increase compared to July 2014 (93,000) according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

GOLF CHANNEL JULY VIEWERSHIP COMPARISON

2015                112,000          

2014                93,000             +20%

2013                95,000             +18%

2012                95,000             +18%

2011                70,000             +60%

2010                72,000             +56%     

Additionally, Golf Channel retained its status in July as No. 1 most-affluent network in all of television with the highest median household income for total day viewership (No. 2 VH1 Classic, No. 3 CNBC round out the top three networks for this metric). Golf Channel also was the No. 1 most-affluent network in all of television in primetime (No. 2 VH1 Classic, No. 3 E! Entertainment).

GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL POSTS RECORD TRAFFIC ACROSS ALL KEY PLATFORMS AND METRICS

While monthly digital traffic data is not final until the end of the calendar month and will include two days of live coverage of the Quicken Loans National, Golf Channel Digital’s traffic through Tuesday, July 28 already has set several monthly records, according to Adobe Site Catalyst:

  • Golf Channel Digital 96.4 million page views (+51% YOY) – Best Month Ever Record
  • Golf Channel Digital 18.1 million visits (+39% YOY) – Best Month Ever Record
  • GolfChannel.com 6.0 million unique visitors (+9% YOY)

Additionally, 8.8 million minutes (+96% YOY) of digital content has been streamed via Golf Live Extra and 24/7 players on mobile and desktop devices through July 28.

UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS ON GOLF CHANNEL AND GOLF CHANNEL ON NBC

Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC will carry momentum of this record viewership and traffic into the final stretch of the golf season, with a slate of live golf coverage and in-depth news and analysis, including:

  • PGA Championship Week (August 10-16): Golf Channel will televise nearly 60 hours of live news coverage surrounding the 2015 PGA Championship from Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, beginning Monday, Aug. 10. Golf Central’s Live From the PGA Championship will lead the network’s programming throughout the week, with live reports, analysis and developing storylines from the final men’s major championship of the season.
  • The FedExCup Playoffs (Beginning Thursday, Aug. 27): The PGA TOUR season culminates with the four-event FedExCup Playoffs, with $10 million being awarded to the 2015 FedExCup Champion. Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC will provide viewers with exclusive coverage of the Playoffs, beginning with The Barclays (Aug. 27-30: Plainfield, N.J. - First and Second Round coverage / Early-Round Weekend Coverage); the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept. 4-7: Norton, Mass.); the BMW Championship (Sept. 17-20: Lake Forest, Ill.) and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (Sept. 24-27: Atlanta, Ga.)
  • The Evian Championship (Sept. 10-13): The fifth and final major on the LPGA Tour schedule, the Evian Championship in France will air live on Golf Channel beginning Thursday, Sept. 10, and the conclusion of Final Round play will air Sunday, Sept. 13 on NBC.
  • The Solheim Cup (Sept. 18-20): The 14th edition of the biennial International Match Play competition pits the top female golfers from the United States against Europe’s best. Golf Channel’s live coverage begins on Friday, Sept. 18 in Germany and the United States team will look to avenge their first loss ever on home soil after falling to the Europeans at Colorado Golf Club in 2013.
  • The Presidents Cup (Oct. 8-11): Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in South Korea will play host to the 11th Presidents Cup, a biennial International competition between the Unites States and the rest of the world (outside of Europe). Golf Channel will air live overnight coverage of all four days of competition beginning Thursday, Oct. 8, and NBC will air highlights on Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 10-11.    
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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.