Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes (April 21-24)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 19, 2016, 6:00 pm

Mickelson, DeChambeau Headline Field at Valero Texas Open

 

World No. 1 Ko Defends Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

 

Nicklaus/Player Lead Legends Division at PGA TOUR Champions’

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

 

Watson Headlines the Field at the Shenzhen International in China

 

The PGA TOUR returns to the Lone Star state for the Valero Texas Open, as Phil Mickelson headlines the field, along with Bryson DeChambeau, who earned a top-5 finish last week in his first PGA TOUR event competing as a professional. The LPGA Tour is in San Francisco for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, where world No. 1 Lydia Ko defends. World Golf Hall-of-Famers Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player lead the Legends division competing in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri, where they’ll compete in teams of two. And Bubba Watson headlines the field at the Shenzhen International on the European Tour in China.

 

PGA TOUR

 

Valero Texas Open

Dates: April 21-24

Venue: JW Marriott, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Walker defends: Jimmy Walker finished four shots ahead of fellow Texan Jordan Spieth for his fifth PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Branden Grace, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Ernie Els and Jimmy Walker.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Steve Sands

Analyst: Frank Nobilo

Tower: Matt Gogel / Craig Perks

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

Interviews: Scott Walker

 

LPGA TOUR

 

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

Dates: April 21-24                                                                      

Venue: Lake Merced Golf Club, San Francisco, Calif.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6-9 p.m. (Live)

Friday              6-9 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          6-9 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            6-9 p.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Ko defends: Lydia Ko defeated Morgan Pressel with a birdie on the second playoff hole for her seventh LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun, Brooke Henderson, Ha Na Jang, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng and Hyo Joo Kim.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson

Analyst: Karen Stupples

Tower: Tom Abbott                            

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill

 

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

 

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Dates: April 22-24                                                                      

Venues: Buffalo Ridge (Springs Course), Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Format: The two-man teams will compete in two separate divisions: Champions and Legends. The Champions Division will compete in a 54-hole tournament and the unofficial Legends division is made up of players 65 years and over, competing in a 45-hole tournament. The Legends division will play Top of the Rock all three days, while the Champions division will rotate between Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock.

Andrade/Durant defend: Billy Andrade and Joe Durant finished three shots ahead of Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam for their first career respective PGA TOUR Champions victories.

Notable Champions Division Teams: Tom Lehman/Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara/Colin Montgomerie, Davis Love III/Scott Verplank, Tom Watson/Andy North, Peter Jacobsen/Jay Haas

Notable Legends Division Teams: Jack Nicklaus/Gary Player, Tony Jacklin/David Graham, Lee Trevino/Mike Hill, Bob Murphy/Jim Colbert.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr   

On-Course: Phil Blackmar

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

 

Shenzhen International

Dates: April 21-24                                                                      

Venue: Genzon Golf Club (A Course), Shenzhen, China     

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         12:30-2:30 a.m. (Tape delay) / 2:30-5:30 a.m. (Live) / 6-10 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              6-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Saturday          6-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Sunday            6-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Aphibarnrat defends: Kiradech Aphibarnrat outlasted Haotong Li with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his second career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Bubba Watson, Victor Dubuisson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thorbjorn Olesen, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Gary Stal, Kristoffer Broberg, Marcel Siem and Mikko Ilonen.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly

Analyst: Dom Boulet                          

On-Course: Julian Tutt

 

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x