Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Feb. 18-21)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsFebruary 17, 2016, 7:00 pm

Spieth, McIlroy Headline Northern Trust Open in Southern California

World No. 1 Ko to Defend ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

European Tour Staging Inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia

The PGA TOUR wraps up its “West Coast” swing with the Northern Trust Open, as World’s No. 1 and 3 – Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy – headline the field at Riviera Country Club. Next week, the TOUR will kick off the four-week stretch of “Florida Swing” events beginning with The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. The LPGA Tour this week begins a three-week stretch of international events, as world No. 1 Lydia Ko will defend her 2015 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian title. And the European Tour will stages the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia, with Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer headlining the field.

 

PGA TOUR

 

Northern Trust Open

Dates: Feb. 18-21

Venue: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Hahn defends: James Hahn defeated Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey with a birdie on the third playoff hole for his first career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar and Jimmy Walker.

 

Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Curt Byrum

Tower: Matt Gogel / Jim Gallagher Jr.

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

Interviews: Angela Akins

 

LPGA TOUR

 

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Dates: Feb. 18-21

Venue: The Grange Golf Club (West Course), Adelaide, South Australia

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Wednesday     11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 2 a.m.-5 a.m. (Replay)

Thursday         11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 2-4 p.m. (Friday replay)

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

Saturday          9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 3-6:30 p.m. (Sunday replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Ko defends: World No. 1 Lydia Ko finished two strokes clear of Amy Yang to earn her sixth career LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson, Charley Hull, Minjee Lee, Karrie Webb, Ha Na Jang, Cheyenne Woods, Jiyai Shin, Laura Davies.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Mike Ritz

Play by Play: Quentin Hull

Analyst: Jane Crafter / Kate Burton

On-Course: Sandy McKenzie

Interviews: Stephanie Brantz

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

 

Maybank Championship Malaysia

Dates: Feb. 18-21

Venue: Royal Selangor Golf Club (East Course), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Friday              5-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Saturday          6-10 a.m. (Tape delay) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Overnight streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Sunday            6-10 a.m. (Tape delay) / 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Overnight streaming on Golf Live Extra)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Inaugural event: This is the inaugural edition of the Maybank Championship Malaysia which replaces the Malaysian Open on the European Tour schedule, and it is co-sanctioned by both the European Tour and Asian Tour.

Headlining the field: Danny Willett, Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thorbjorn Olesen, Peter Uihlein, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly

Analyst: Dom Boulet / Warren Humphreys

On-Course: Julian Tutt

 

-NBC Sports Group-

 

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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