Golf Channel Sets Up For PGA Championship With More Than 50 Live Hours

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 2, 2013, 3:34 pm

In preparation for the men’s final major championship of the year, Golf Channel is dedicating an entire week of programming – incorporating more than 50 live hours of news, analysis, highlights, interviews, instruction and debate – to surround the 2013 PGA Championship, taking place Aug. 5-11 on the famed East Course at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP:  Headlining Golf Channel’s live programming from the PGA Championship will be the network’s signature LIVE FROM show, which will feature all the latest news from Oak Hill throughout the week.  Anchored by Rich Lerner and Kelly Tilghman, LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP will feature contributions from Golf Channel’s top-notch team of analysts and reporters, including Frank Nobilo, Brandel Chamblee, Notah Begay, Steve Sands, Todd Lewis, Tim Rosaforte and Ryan Burr, as well as regular contributors John Feinstein and Ken Schofield.  Reporting mainly from a custom-built set adjacent to the Oak Hill clubhouse, LIVE FROM also will feature reports from the player practice area and showcase video footage from unique camera positions around the golf course.

Other live productions from Oak Hill during the week include the high-energy instruction of 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed on THE GOLF FIX, which will be hosted live from the driving range on Monday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. ET.  The lively discussion and debate that has become the hallmark of the GREY GOOSE 19th HOLE also will be televised from Oak Hill, Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. ET, featuring a panel that will include Golf Channel’s Steve Sands and John Feinstein, as well as Golf World and Golf Digest magazines contributor Geoff Shackelford and former executive director of the USGA, David B. Fay.

MORNING DRIVE:  The unique challenge of Oak Hill’s layout for the PGA Championship will be a main topic of discussion all week for Morning Drive co-hosts Gary Williams, Damon Hack and Charlie Rymer, who recently visited the course.  Video features will highlight Williams’ walkthrough with Kerry Haigh, chief championship officer for the PGA of America and a leading authority in tournament golf course set up and operations.  John Cook also will join the team.

PLAYER NEWS CONFERENCES:  MORNING DRIVE and LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP will feature every scheduled player news conference staged from Oak Hill Country Club Tuesday and Wednesday.

FEATURES: Throughout the week, LIVE FROM feature stories  will showcase the history of the PGA Championship, Oak Hill Country Club and the city of Rochester.  A sampling includes:
        Vijay – A two-time PGA Championship winner, Vijay Singh recently has created more headlines off the course than on it.
        Walter Hagen – Having won 11 major championships, including a record-tying five PGA Championship victories, this Rochester, N.Y., native was a major figure in golf during the first half of the 20th century.
        Craig Harmon – A profile of Craig Harmon, a member of golf’s famous Harmon brothers – also including Butch, Dick and Bill – and head pro at Oak Hill Country Club.
        Oak Hill – A rich history envelopes Oak Hill Country Club, which sprouted from a nine-hole course in 1901 and hosted its first major championship in 1956.
        Sean Foley – his counsel is behind the swings of some of the most famous players in the game today, including Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, Sean O’Hair and 2013 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose, the first player to win a major championship while under Foley’s tutelage.

DIGITAL COVERAGE: and live streaming application Golf Live Extra are teaming up to keep fans on the go up to date with all the news from the PGA Championship.  A team from, including Rex Hoggard, Jason Sobel, Ryan Lavner and John Hawkins, will feature expanded editorial content and interactive opportunities for fans themed to The Open Championship.

Live Chats
Senior Writer Jason Sobel and contributor John Hawkins will host live chats on Thursday through Sunday to keep fans up to date, answer questions and discuss the latest news:
• Thursday, 2-6 p.m. ET
• Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET
• Saturday, 3-7 p.m. ET
• Sunday, 3-7 p.m. ET

Video users will have access to video both live and on-demand all week, including:
• GolfTalk Central news and information updates.
• Essays from contributing writer John Hawkins.
• Clips from MORNING  DRIVE and LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP telecasts on Golf Channel.

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 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.  The Social Lounge currently is aggregating all content on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram mentioning @PGAChampionship and using the hashtag #PGAChamp.

Golf Channel PGA Championship Week Programming (all times ET):

Monday, Aug. 5
Morning Drive                                                       7-9 a.m.
The Golf Fix                                                          6-7 p.m.
Live From the PGA Championship                            7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Morning Drive                                                       7-11 a.m.          (includes player news conferences)
Live From the PGA Championship                           11 a.m.-3 p.m.   (player news conferences)
Live From the PGA Championship                           7-9 p.m.

Wednesday,  Aug. 7
Morning Drive                                                        7-11 a.m.           (includes player news conferences)
Live From the PGA Championship                            11 a.m.-3 p.m.   (player news conferences)
Grey Goose 19th Hole                                             6-7 p.m.
Live From the PGA Championship                            7-9 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 8
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.

Friday, Aug. 9
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, Aug. 10
Morning Drive                                                        7-9 a.m.
Live From the PGA Championship                            9-11 a.m.
Live From the PGA Championship                            7-9 p.m.

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

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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).

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 phoned 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. 

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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.