Golf Channel Prepared For More Than 27 Hours Of Live Solheim Cup Match-Play Action, Aug. 16-18

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 7, 2013, 5:23 pm

Golf Channel will showcase all the action when two of the youngest teams in SOLHEIM CUP history battle it out between the ropes at Colorado Golf Club, Aug. 16-18.

From the first tee shot on Friday until the last putt drops on Sunday, Golf Channel will televise more than 27 live hours of the biennial Solheim Cup match-play competition – highlighted by 11 ½ consecutive hours on Saturday, Aug. 17 – which pits teams of the best female golfers representing the United States and Europe.

In addition to live match-play coverage, Golf Channel also will televise additional programming themed to the SOLHEIM CUP during the week, including player news conferences, expanded Morning Drive programming and wrap-around GOLF CENTRAL shows, which will incorporate both the SOLHEIM CUP Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

BROADCAST TEAM:   Golf Channel’s coverage will be anchored by two teams.  Play-by-play host Terry Gannon will be joined by two-time SOLHEIM CUP U.S. Team Captain and Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin; Whit Watson and 15-year PGA TOUR veteran Curt Byrum will comprise the other team.  Reporting from an on-course tower will be Tom Abbott.  Kay Cockerill, Jerry Foltz, Val Skinner and Phil Parkin will follow the U.S. and Europe teams on the ground.

PLAYER NEWS CONFERENCES:  Special GOLF CENTRAL programming on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 13-14, will cover U.S.A. and Europe player news conferences from Colorado Golf Club.

DIGITAL COVERAGE: and live streaming application Golf Live Extra are teaming up to keep fans on the go up to date with all the action and news from the SOLHEIM CUP.  The tandem of Editorial Director Jay Coffin and Senior Writer Randall Mell will feature expanded editorial content and interactive opportunities for fans themed to the SOLHEIM CUP, including match-by-match recaps, analysis and perspective.

Fans who are customers of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services, will be able to enjoy 24/7 streaming of Golf Channel content, including all the SOLHEIM CUP action, through and Golf Channel’s mobile application, Golf Live Extra, via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.  Golf Channel’s mobile app also will feature all the on-demand content featured on

Social also features the Golf Channel Social Lounge (, a social center that aggregates all social media posts related to a specific event in one location on the site.  Beginning Aug. 12, the Social Lounge will aggregate all content on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram mentioning @Solheim_Cup and using the hashtag #SolheimCup.

Golf Channel Solheim Cup Week Programming (all times ET):

Monday, Aug. 12
Morning Drive                                                                       7-9 a.m.
Replay of final Day of 2011 Solheim Cup                                 1-6 p.m.
Golf Central                                                                          6-7 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 13
Morning Drive                                                                       7-9 a.m.
Golf Central Special:  Player News Conferences                        TBA
Golf Central                                                                          6-7 p.m.

Wednesday,  Aug. 14
Morning Drive                                                                       7-9 a.m.
Golf Central Special:  Player News Conferences                         TBA
Golf Central                                                                           6-7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 15
Morning Drive                                                                       7-10 a.m.
Golf Central                                                                          10 a.m.-Noon
Golf Central                                                                           6-7 p.m.
Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony                                             7-8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 16
Morning Drive                                                                        7-9 a.m.
Golf Central                                                                           9-9:30 a.m.
Solheim Cup Day 1 morning matches                                       9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.*
Solheim Cup Day 1 afternoon matches                                     5-9 p.m.*

Saturday, Aug. 17
Morning Drive                                                                        7-9 a.m.
Golf Central                                                                           9-9:30 a.m.
Solheim Cup Day 2 matches                                                    9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 18
Morning Drive                                                                        7-11 a.m.
Golf Central                                                                           11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Solheim Cup Final Day matches                                                2:30-8:30 p.m.**
Golf Central (incl. Solheim Cup Closing Ceremony)                    8:30-9 p.m.**

*Times for end of morning matches and beginning of afternoon matches depend on play.  The two-hour window when PGA TOUR’s Wyndham Championship is on the air, Solheim Cup will be streamed commercial free on and via the Golf Live Extra app.
**Conclusion of Solheim Cup depends on play.

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.