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.

PGA TOUR

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 GolfChannel.com.

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

 

LPGA TOUR

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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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry