Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes (April 28-May1)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 26, 2016, 9:15 pm

Day, Fowler Headline Field at Zurich Classic of New Orleans as Rose Defends

 

Seven of Top-10 in Rolex World Rankings to Tee it Up at at LPGA’s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, Including Thompson, Lewis

 

Web.com Tour in Indiana for United Leasing & Finance Championship;

First of 10 Web.com Tour Events Airing on Golf Channel in 2016

 

           European Tour Stages Volvo China Open, Jimenez in the Field

 

Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and defending champion Justin Rose headline the field, as the PGA TOUR is in Louisiana for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The LPGA Tour is outside of Dallas for the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, featuring seven of the top-10 in the world scheduled to compete, including Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis. The Web.com Tour is in Indiana for the United Leasing & Finance Championship, the first of 10 Web.com Tour events airing on Golf Channel in 2016. And the European Tour is in Beijing for the Volvo China Open, with Miguel Angel Jimenez headlining the field.

 

PGA TOUR

 

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Dates: April 28-May 1

Venue: TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              3-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

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

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

 

Broadcast Notes:

Golf Central airing on-site in New Orleans:Golf Channel’s evening news program, Golf Central, will be on-site at TPC Louisiana, airing live Thursday-Sunday and offering insight and analysis once the tournament gets underway. Ryan Burr will host, while Brandel Chamblee and David Duval will serve as analysts. George Savaricas will provide reports and player interviews. Golf Channel’s Morning Drive also has an on-site presence at TPC Louisiana, with Damon Hack and Charlie Rymer discussing the latest storylines and conducting interviews throughout the week.  

Rose defends: Justin Rose finished one shot ahead of Cameron Tringale to earn his seventh career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Charley Hoffman, Billy Horschel, Smylie Kaufman, Steve Stricker, Patrick Rodgers, Daniel Berger and Byeong Hun An.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner        

Analyst: Nick Faldo

Tower: Phil Blackmar

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

 

LPGA TOUR

 

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout

Dates: April 28-May 1                                                               

Venue: Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, Texas

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 3-5:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Format: This week’s event is unique in that while there is a cut to low-70 players (and ties) following 36 holes on Friday, there is an additional cut to low-50 players (and ties) after 54 holes on Saturday.

Headlining the field: Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Hyo Joo Kim, Minjee Lee and Suzann Pettersen.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Tom Abbott

Analyst: Judy Rankin

Tower: Jim Gallagher Jr.                     

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples

 

WEB.COM TOUR

 

United Leasing & Finance Championship

Dates: April 28-May 1                                                                      

Venue: Victoria National Golf Club, Newburgh, Ind.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Friday              6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Saturday          7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Sunday            7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Golf Channel announces new Web.com Tour broadcast team for 2016: On Thursday Golf Channel will televise the first of 10 Web.com Tour events scheduled on its air in 2016. This season, Golf Channel welcomes a few new faces to its tournament telecast team. Grant Boone returns to Golf Channel as play-by-play host – a role he served in for several years on Golf Channel in the early 2000s; and Golf Channel analyst Tripp Isenhour – winner of multiple Web.com Tour events in his career – will join the team as an on-course reporter. Familiar faces returning to Golf Channel’s Web.com Tour coverage this season include lead analyst Craig Perks, Steve Burkowski (tower analyst) and Kay Cockerill (on-course reporter).

Bryan vying for third Web.com Tour victory this season, automatic promotion to PGA TOUR: Wesley Bryan leads the money list this season on the Web.com Tour after last week’s victory in Mexico, his second of 2016. With a win this week or at any point during the rest of the 2016 Web.com Tour season, Bryan would automatically qualify for an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR by virtue of winning three times in one year during the Web.com Tour schedule. Bryan also is a well-known trick shot artist along with his brother George, and is a former competitor on Golf Channel’s Big Break series.

Headlining the field: Wesley Bryan, Ben Curtis, Ollie Schniederjans, Cody Gribble, Oliver Goss, Max Homa, Trey Mullinax, Jonathan Byrd and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano,

                                        

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Grant Boone

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Steve Burkowski   

On-Course: Kay Cockerill / Tripp Isenhour

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

 

Volvo China Open

Dates: April 28-May 1                                                               

Venue: Topwin Golf & Country Club, Beijing, 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              5-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

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

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

 

Broadcast Notes:

Ashun defends: Wu Ashun defeated David Howell by one stroke to earn his first European Tour victory, becoming the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event in his home country.

Headlining the field: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thorbjorn Olesen, Peter Uihlein, Bernd Wiesberger, Tommy Fleetwood, Alexander Levy, Y.E. Yang and Joost Luiten.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Julian Tutt

Analyst: Dom Boulet                          

On-Course: Warren Humphreys

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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