Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes and Notes (Aug. 25-28): The Barclays, Canadian Pacific Women's Open, WinCo Foods Portland Open, Made in Denmark, Boeing Classic

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 25, 2016, 3:15 pm

Olympic Silver Medalist and World No. 1 Lydia Ko Headlines Field at Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Tour’s WinCo Foods Portland Open to Determine “The 25” Earning 2016-17 PGA TOUR Cards in Regular Season Finale

 European Tour Stages Made in Denmark

 PGA TOUR Champions in Washington for Boeing Classic


ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2016) – The PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs begin this week on the historic Black Course at Bethpage State Park in New York with The Barclays. Jordan Spieth and Jason Day headline a field that are eligible to compete based on the top-125 in the regular season FedExCup standings. The top-100 after this week advances to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship next week. The LPGA Tour is in Canada for the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, where Rolex Rankings No. 1 and Olympic silver medalist Lydia Ko will look to defend her 2015 title. The Tour stages its final regular season event this week with the WinCoFoods Portland Open where – at week’s end – the Tour will present 2016-17 PGA TOUR cards to the top-25 in the season-long money list. Players finishing 26-100 on the money list will be eligible to compete in the Tour Finals, along with players having finished 126-200 in the PGA TOUR FedExCup race during the regular season. At the conclusion of the four-week Tour Finals, an additional 25 PGA TOUR 2016-17 cards will be awarded. Billy Andrade will defend his title at the Boeing Classic near Seattle on the PGA TOUR Champions, while the European Tour is in Denmark for Made in Denmark.


The Barclays

Dates: August 25-28

Venue: Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              2-6 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m. -3:30 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Kicking off the FedExCup Playoffs: The PGA TOUR 2015-16 regular season concluded last week after 42 events and the top-125 in the FedExCup standings earned their 2016-17 PGA TOUR cards, becoming eligible to compete in the Playoffs. 121 players are currently in the field this week, and the top-100 in the standings following Sunday’s final round will be eligible to compete in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston.

Day defends: Jason Day defeated Henrik Stenson by six strokes at Plainfield Country Club in 2015 to earn his sixth career PGA TOUR win.

Final Week for U.S. Ryder Cup Points: This week is the final week for American players to earn points towards qualifying for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. After this week, the top-eight players in points will qualify.

Headlining the field: Olympic medalists Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar, along with Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Play by Play:   Rich Lerner

Analyst:           Nick Faldo

Tower:             Frank Nobilo, Jim Gallagher, Jr.

On Course:      Phil Blackmar

Interviews:      George Savaricas


Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

Dates: Aug. 25-28

Venue: Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club (Raven Course), Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6-9 p.m. ET (Live)

Friday              6-9 p.m. ET (Live)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. ET (Live)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. ET (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

World No. 1 and Olympic Silver Medalist Lydia Ko Headlines Strong Field: Olympic silver medalist, World No. 1 and defending champion Lydia Ko headlines a strong international field that includes 20 of the top-25 ranked players in the Rolex Rankings.

Notables in field: In Gee Chun, Brooke Henderson, Charley Hull, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Sei Young Kim, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Anna Nordqvist, Gerina Piller, Karrie Webb and Michelle Wie.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Judy Rankin

Tower: Tom Abbott

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Gail Graham     


WinCo Foods Portland Open

Dates: Aug. 25-28

Venue: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Oregon 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         Noon-2 p.m. (Live)

Friday              Noon-2 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          8-10 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            8-10 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 am (Replay) 

Broadcast Notes:

Finalizing “The 25”: The top-25 on the Tour money list following Sunday’s final round will earn their 2016-17 PGA TOUR card. Players finishing 26-100 on the money list will be eligible to compete for 25 additional PGA TOUR cards in the four-event Tour Finals, along with players having finished 126-200 in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup standings.

Headlining the field: Matt Atkins, Rodolfo Cazaubon, Max Homa, Stephan Jaeger, Trey Mullinax, C.T. Pan, Seamus Power, Xander Schauffele, J.J. Spaun, Andrew Svoboda and Richy Werenski.                                                                                        

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Grant Boone

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Steve Burkowski

On-Course: Tripp Isenhour / Kay Cockerill


Boeing Classic

Dates: August 26-28

Venue: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              9-11 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          6-8 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            6-8 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Andrade defends: Billy Andrade defeated Bernhard Langer by one stroke to earn his second career PGA TOUR Champions win.

Headlining the field: Billy Andrade, John Cook, John Daly, Bernhard Langer, Rocco Mediate, Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik and Gene Sauers.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Play by Play:   Whit Watson

Analyst:           Lanny Wadkins

Tower:             John Mahaffey, Dave Marr III

On Course:      Billy Ray Brown


Made in Denmark

Dates: August 25-28

Venue: Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort (PGA Backtee Course), Aalborg, Denmark

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m. – Noon (Live)

Friday              5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m. – Noon (Live)        

Saturday          7-11 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            6:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Horsey Defends: David Horsey won by two strokes over four players for his fourth career European Tour win.

Headlining the Field: Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Matthew Fitzpatrick, David Horsey, Martin Kaymer, Shane Lowery, Thomas Pieters, Y.E. Yang.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host:    Mike Ritz

Play by Play:   Dougie Donnelly

Analyst:           Warren Humphreys

On Course:      Julian Tutt

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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.

PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

The statement reads:

The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.

Good time to hang up on viewer call-ins

By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 7:40 pm

Golf announced the most massive layoff in the industry’s history on Monday morning.

Armchair referees around the world were given their pink slips.

It’s a glorious jettisoning of unsolicited help.

Goodbye and good riddance.

The USGA and R&A’s announcement of a new set of protocols Monday will end the practice of viewer call-ins and emails in the reporting of rules infractions.

“What we have heard from players and committees is ‘Let’s leave the rules and administration of the event to the players and those responsible for running the tournament,’” said Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of rules and amateur status.


The protocols, formed by a working group that included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and the PGA of America, also establish the use of rules officials to monitor the televised broadcasts of events.

Additionally, the protocols will eliminate the two-shot penalty when a player signs an incorrect scorecard because the player was unaware of a violation.

Yes, I can hear you folks saying armchair rules officials help make sure every meaningful infraction comes to light. I hear you saying they make the game better, more honest, by helping reduce the possibility somebody violates the rules to win.

But at what cost?

The chaos and mayhem armchair referees create can ruin the spirit of fair play every bit as much as an unreported violation. The chaos and mayhem armchair rules officials create can be as much a threat to fair play as the violations themselves.

The Rules of Golf are devised to protect the integrity of the game, but perfectly good rules can be undermined by the manner and timeliness of their enforcement.

We have seen the intervention of armchair referees go beyond the ruin of fair play in how a tournament should be conducted. We have seen it threaten the credibility of the game in the eyes of fans who can’t fathom the stupidity of a sport that cannot separate common-sense enforcement from absolute devotion to the letter of the law.

In other sports, video review’s timely use helps officials get it right. In golf, video review too often makes it feel like the sport is getting it wrong, because timeliness matters in the spirit of fair play, because the retroactive nature of some punishments are as egregious as the violations themselves.  

We saw that with Lexi Thompson at the ANA Inspiration this year.

Yes, she deserved a two-shot penalty for improperly marking her ball, but she didn’t deserve the two-shot penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard. She had no idea she was signing an incorrect scorecard.

We nearly saw the ruin of the U.S. Open at Oakmont last year, with Dustin Johnson’s victory clouded by the timing of a video review that left us all uncertain if the tournament was playing out under an incorrect scoreboard.

“What these protocols are put in place for, really, is to make sure there are measures to identify the facts as soon as possible, in real time, so if there is an issue to be dealt with, that it can be handled quickly and decisively,” Pagel said.

Amen again.

We have pounded the USGA for making the game more complicated and less enjoyable than it ought to be, for creating controversy where common sense should prevail, so let’s applaud executive director Mike Davis, as well as the R&A, for putting common sense in play.

Yes, this isn’t a perfect answer to handling rules violations.

There are trap doors in the protocols that we are bound to see the game stumble into, because the game is so complex, but this is more than a good faith effort to make the game better.

This is good governance.

And compared to the glacial pace of major rules change of the past, this is swift.

This is the USGA and R&A leading a charge.

We’re seeing that with the radical modernization of the Rules of Golf scheduled to take effect in 2019. We saw it with the release of Decision 34/3-10 three weeks after Thompson’s loss at the ANA, with the decision limiting video review to “reasonable judgment” and “naked eye” standards. We’re hearing it with Davis’ recent comments about the “horrible” impact distance is having on the game, leading us to wonder if the USGA is in some way gearing up to take on the golf ball.

Yes, the new video review protocols aren’t a panacea. Rules officials will still miss violations that should have been caught. There will be questions about level playing fields, about the fairness of stars getting more video review scrutiny than the rank and file. There will be questions about whether viewer complaints were relayed to rules officials.

Golf, they say, isn’t a game of perfect, and neither is rules enforcement, though these protocols make too much sense to be pilloried. They should be applauded. They should solve a lot more problems than they create.

Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

“Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

“I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

Shortly after the ANA Inspiration, the USGA and R&A led the formation of a video review working group, which included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America.

Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”