Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes (May 5-8)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 3, 2016, 9:25 pm

McIlroy Set to Defend at Wells Fargo Championship

John Daly to Make PGA TOUR Champions Debut at Insperity Invitational; Nicklaus, Player, Trevino to Compete in “Greats of Golf” on Saturday 

Lewis Headlines Field at Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Alabama 

  European Tour in Morocco for Trophee Hassan II

    Ladies European Tour Stages Lalla Meryum Cup

World No. 3 Rory McIlroy will defend his title at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, with Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott in the field as well. Jim Furyk also is scheduled to return to the PGA TOUR for the first time since last September after being sidelined with a wrist injury. Two-time major champion John Daly will make his PGA TOUR Champions debut at the Insperity Invitational, after celebrating his 50th birthday last week. And during Golf Channel’s Saturday coverage of the Insperity Invitational, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino will take part in the “Greats of Golf,” competing in an 18-hole scramble format. Stacy Lewis headlines the field at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Alabama, along with Brooke Henderson and Gerina Piller. The European Tour and Ladies European Tour are both in Morocco this week, with the men competing on the Red Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, while the women will compete on the adjacent Blue Course at the same venue.




Wells Fargo Championship

Dates: May 5-8

Venue: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         4-7 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              4-7 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)


Broadcast Notes:   

Furyk makes 2016 debut: Jim Furyk is scheduled to make his return to the PGA TOUR this week, after being sidelined since last September with a wrist injury, and later opting to have it surgically repaired in February. The 17-time PGA TOUR winner also is committed to THE PLAYERS Championship next week.

McIlroy defends: In last year’s event, Rory McIlroy separated himself from the field to win by seven strokes for his 11th career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Branden Grace, Justin Rose, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon     

Analyst: Nick Faldo

Tower: Matt Gogel

On-Course: Phil Blackmar

Interviews: Todd Lewis




Insperity Invitational

Dates: May 6-8                                                                      

Venue: The Woodlands Country Club (Tournament Course), The Woodlands, Texas


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              7-10 p.m. (Tape delay) / 3:15-6:15 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Saturday          5-7 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-3:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            5-7 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-3:30 a.m. (Monday replay)


Broadcast Notes:

Daly Making PGA TOUR Champions debut: Two-time major champion John Daly is set to make his PGA TOUR Champions debut this week, after turning 50 on April 28. Daly earned five career wins on the PGA TOUR. Viewers will be able to tune into Golf Live Extra from 3:15-6:15 p.m. ET during Friday’s opening round coverage to watch Daly in his PGA TOUR Champions debut.

Nicklaus, Player, Trevino teeing it up in “Greats of Golf” scramble during Golf Channel’s Saturday coverage: For the fifth consecutive year, the Insperity Invitational will host the “Greats of Golf” immediately following the final tee time of the second round on Saturday. This features an 18-hole scramble format with: Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, David Graham, Tom Weiskopf, Tony Jacklin, Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw, and Dave Stockton.

Woosnam defends: Ian Woosnam defeated Tom Lehman and Kenny Perry with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his first PGA TOUR Champions win.

Headlining the field: John Daly, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Tom Lehman, Jeff Maggert, Woody Austin, Mark O’Meara, Fuzzy Zoeller, Peter Jacobsen and John Cook.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr   

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown




Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

Dates: May 5-8                                                                           

Venue: RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill (Senator Course), Prattville, Ala.


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)

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

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


Broadcast Notes:

Tamulis defends: Kris Tamulis finished one shot ahead of Yani Tseng and Austin Ernst for her first LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Minjee Lee, Gerina Piller, Anna Nordqvist, Brittany Lincicome, Jessica Korda, Charley Hull and Michelle Wie.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson

Analyst: Karen Stupples

Tower: Tom Abbott                            

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Nicole Castrale




Trophee Hassan II

Dates: May 5-8                                                                           

Venue: Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Red Course), Rabat, Morocco    


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6:30-8:30 a.m. / 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday              6:30-8:30 a.m. / 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

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

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


Broadcast Notes:

Event returning to familiar venue: After being played for five years at the Royal Palace at Agadir in 2011-2015, the Trophee Hassan II returns to its longtime home at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat for the first time since 2010. And while the Red Course is the venue the European Tour will utilize this week, the Blue Course is hosting the Ladies European Tour’s Lalla Meryem Cup at the same time.

Headlining the field: Tommy Fleetwood, Alexander Levy, Paul Dunne, Matteo Manassero, Alvaro Quiros, David Horsey, Arjun Atwal, Dean Burmester and Javier Ballesteros.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Scott Walker

Play by Play: Dominik Holyer

Analyst: Warren Humphreys

On-Course: Paul Eales




Lalla Meryem Cup

Dates: May 7-8                                                                           

Venue: Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Blue Course), Rabat, Morocco


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Saturday          6:30-9:30 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            6:30-9:30 a.m. (Live)


Broadcast Notes:

Nocera defends: Gwladys Nocera finished two shots ahead of Nicole Garcia, Melissa Reid and Felicity Johnson for her 14th career Ladies European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Laura Davies, Victoria Lovelady, Gwladys Nocera and Melissa Reid.


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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, 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 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 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