Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes and Notes: June 23-29

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 22, 2016, 8:40 pm

Tiger Woods Hosts the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club

 Ko, Lewis, Piller and Lopez Headline Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

 Steve Stricker Host American Family Insurance Championship in Wisconsin

 Five Open Championship Places Available This Week at BMW International Open

 20 PGA Championship Places Available at PGA Professional Championship


ORLANDO, Fla. (June 22, 2016) – The PGA TOUR returns to Congressional Country Club this week for the Quicken Loans National, headlined by Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas. Tournament host Tiger Woods will be onsite this week, an event that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. The Quicken Loans National also serves as an Open Qualifying Series event, where the top-four tournament finishers in the top-12 who are not already exempt will qualify for The Open. The LPGA Tour this week is in Arkansas for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, kicking off Friday and is one of three 54-hole events on the 2016 LPGA schedule. Wisconsin welcomes a new PGA TOUR Champions event this week, the American Family Insurance Championship, taking place at the home golf course of the University of Wisconsin Badgers – University Ridge Golf Club – and hosted by 12-time PGA TOUR winner Steve Stricker. The European Tour returns to Germany this week for the BMW International Open, where five places in The Open are available to the top-five place in the top-20 in the Race to Dubai not already exempt at the end of the tournament. Beginning Sunday, 312 PGA of America professionals will compete for 20 places in the field in the upcoming PGA Championship at the PGA Professional Championship, taking place at Turning Stone Resort in upstate New York.


Quicken Loans National

Dates: June 23-26

Venue: Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1:30 am (Replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 am (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Tiger Woods returns as host: Tiger Woods returns as tournament host for the Quicken Loans National, a tournament that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods will not be competing this week, and conducted a news conference Wednesday at Congressional Country Club. Video from the news conference is available online at

Merritt defends: Troy Merritt defeated Rickie Fowler by three strokes at Robert Trent Jones Golf club in 2015 to earn his first career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Bryson DeChambeau, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, Tory Merritt, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reek, Vijay Singh, Justin Thomas.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play:   Terry Gannon

Analyst:           Nick Faldo

Tower:             Matt Gogel, Peter Kostis

On Course:      Phil Blackmar

Interviews:      George Savaricas



Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Dates: June 24-26

Venue: Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Arkansas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          5:30-8 p.m. (Live) / 4-6:30 am (Sunday Replay)

Sunday            5:30-8 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Rookie Feature – Rachel Rohanna: LPGA Rookie Rachel Rohanna will be featured during Friday’s opening round of play.

Arkansas Represented: Former Walmart NW Arkansas Championship winner Stacy Lewis will be joined by four fellow Razorbacks this week: LPGA rookie Gaby Lopez, Arkansas freshman Maria Fassi, junior Alana Uriell and recent graduate Regina Plasencia.

Choi defends: Na Yeon Choi defeated Mika Miyazato by two strokes for her 8th career LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Carlota Ciganda, Julieta Granada, Brooke Henderson, Karine Icher, Juli Inkster, Aryia Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Sei Young Kim, Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, Stacy Lewis, Gaby Lopez, Azahara Munoz, Gerina Piller, Michelle Wie

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Play by Play:   Tom Abbott

Analyst:           Judy Rankin

Tower:             Jim Gallagher, Jr.

On Course:      Jerry Foltz, Karen Stupples

Interviews:      Lisa Cornwell


PGA TOUR Champions

American Family Insurance Championship

Dates: June 24-26

Venue: University Ridge Golf Club – Madison, Wisconsin

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-2 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          3-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-4 a.m. (Sunday Replay)

Sunday            3-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Monday Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Inaugural Event: This is the inaugural year of the American Family Insurance Championship, taking place at the home golf course of the University of Wisconsin Badgers and hosted by 12-time PGA TOUR winner Steve Stricker.

Headlining the Field: Billy Andrade, Woody Austin, John Cook, John Daly, Jay Haas, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Jeff Maggert, Rocco Mediate

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Play by Play:   Bob Papa

Analyst:           Lanny Wadkins

Tower:             Curt Byrum, John Mahaffey

On Course:      Billy Ray Brown


European Tour

BMW International Open

Dates: June 23-26

Venue: Golf club Gut Larchenhof, Pulheim, Germany

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday              5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          7:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Five Open Championship spots up for grabs: Five places in the field for The Open are available this week as the top-five places in the top-20 in the Race to Dubai not already exempt at the end of the tournament will receive an invitation to compete in the year’s third major championship.

Larrazabal defends: Pablo Larrazabal defeated Henirk Stenson by one stroke to earn his fourth career European Tour win in 2015.

Headlining the field: Alex Cejka, Thongchai Jaidee, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Pablo Larrazabal, Thorbjorn Olesen, Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host:    Scott Walker

Play by Play:   Warren Humphreys

Analyst:           Julian Tutt

On Course:      Jay Townsend


PGA of America

PGA Professional Championship

Dates: June 26-29

Venue: Turning Stone Resort (Atunyote Golf Club) – Verona, New York

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Sunday            8-10 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 5-7 am (Monday Replay)

Monday           3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Tuesday Replay)

Tuesday           3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Wednesday Replay)

Wednesday     3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Thursday Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

20 PGA Championship Spots Up for Grabs: 312 PGA of America Professionals will compete for 20 places in the field in the upcoming PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.

Golf Channel Academy Coaches in the Field: Three Golf Channel Academy Coaches are in the field at the PGA Professional Championship: Sam Kang from New Jersey Golf Academy in Roseland, N.J., Ron Philo Jr., from Golf Channel Academy at Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vt., and Tim Weinhart from the Tim Weinhart Golf Academy at Heritage Golf Links in Tucker, Ga.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: David Marr III

Analyst: Michael Breed

Tower: Gary Christian

On Course: Kay Cockerill

Interviews: Scott Walker


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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm