Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 31, 2016, 9:25 pm

Day, Spieth & McIlroy Highlight Strong Field at Muirfield for the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, Featuring Each of the Top-5 Players in the World


Stenson, Westwood Headline at Nordea Masters with an Invitation to 145TH Open Up for Grabs as Part of The Open Qualifying Series


Lewis, Piller & Henderson to Tee it Up at ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey


PGA TOUR Champions in Iowa for Principal Charity Classic



Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will tee it up this week after each having won their last worldwide start, as the PGA TOUR shifts to Jack Nicklaus’ event in Ohio for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. The field includes each of the top-5 players in the world and the event for many will mark the final tune-up before the U.S. Open at Oakmont outside of Pittsburgh in two weeks. Golf Central also will be on-site Thursday-Sunday offering analysis and reaction before and after each round of competition. Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood headline the field at the Nordea Masters on the European Tour, an Open Qualifying Series event that will award an invitation to the highest finisher in the top-5 not already exempt to compete in The 145TH Open in July. The LPGA Tour is in New Jersey for the ShopRite LPGA Classic, with Stacy Lewis and Brooke Henderson in the field for the 54-hole event. And the PGA TOUR Champions are in Iowa for the Principal Charity Classic ahead of next week’s Constellation Senior Players in Philadelphia, which will culminate the Tour’s stretch of three majors over the course of four weeks.








the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide


Dates: June 2-5


Venue: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio




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


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




Broadcast Notes:   


Strong field serves as final tune-up for many ahead of U.S. Open in two weeks: Each of the top-5 players in the world are in the field in Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler. For many, the event also will serve as the final tune-up ahead of the U.S. Open in two weeks at Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh. For the second consecutive year, the winner of the event will receive a three-year exemption on the PGA TOUR versus the traditional two-year exemption for a victory.


Golf Central on-site at Muirfield: Golf Channel’s signature evening news program, Golf Central, will originate live from on-site Muirfield Village Golf Club Thursday-Sunday, with emerging storylines, analysis and player interviews throughout the week. Steve Sands will host, while David Duval, John Cook (Friday-Sunday) and Tripp Isenhour (Thursday) will serve as analysts. Todd Lewis also will provide reports and conduct player interviews throughout the week.


Golden Bear and Nicklaus family members scheduled to join Golf Central on-set: Tournament host Jack Nicklaus is scheduled to be on-set during Saturday’s Golf Central airing at 2:30 p.m. ET, and Nicklaus family members Jackie and Barbara are expected to join on-set during Friday’s pre-game show airing at 3 p.m. ET.


NBC Sports’ Johnny Miller being recognized as Memorial Tournament honoree, airing live on Golf Central Wednesday afternoon: NBC Sports’ analyst Johnny Miller will be recognized as the 2016 Memorial Tournament honoree, given to someone who has greatly contributed to golf. Leo Diegel and Horton Smith also will be recognized as posthumous honorees. The ceremony will take place within Golf Central, airing from 3-6 p.m. ET on Wednesday.


Lingmerth defends: David Lingmerth defeated Justin Rose on the third playoff hole to earn his first career PGA TOUR win.


Headlining the field: Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Jim Furyk and Ernie Els.




Golf Channel Broadcast Team:


Play by Play: Terry Gannon     


Analyst: Nick Faldo


Tower: Matt Gogel


On-Course: Craig Perks


Interviews: Todd Lewis








Nordea Masters


Dates: June 2-5                                                                           


Venue: Bro Hof Slott Golf Club (Stadium Course), Stockholm, Sweden    




Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):


Thursday         5-7 a.m. / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)


Friday              5-7 a.m. / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)


Saturday          7:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)


Sunday            7-11:30 a.m. (Live)




Broadcast Notes:


Invitation available to highest finisher in Top-5 not already exempt into 145TH Open: With the 145TH Open only six weeks away, the Nordea Masters serves as the next event in The Open Qualifying Series, with the highest finisher in the Top-5 not already exempt into The Open receiving an invitation to compete at Royal Troon July 14-17.  


Noren defends: Alex Noren finished four shots ahead of Soren Kjeldsen to earn his fourth career European Tour win.


Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Thomas Pieters, Robert Karlsson, and Y.E. Yang.




Golf Channel Broadcast Team:


Play by Play: Julian Tutt


Analyst: Tony Johnstone


On-Course: Jay Townsend








ShopRite LPGA Classic


Dates: June 3-5                                                                           


Venue: Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club (Bay Course), Galloway, N.J.




Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):


Friday              Noon-3 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Replay)                     


Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live)


Sunday            2-4 p.m. (Live)




Broadcast Notes:


Nordqvist defends: Anna Nordqvist won by one stroke over Christel Boeljon for her fifth career LPGA Tour win.


Headlining the field: Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Gerina Piller, Na Yeon Choi, Charley Hull, Anna Nordqvist, Karrie Webb, Juli Inkster, Laura Davies and Karen Stupples.




Golf Channel Broadcast Team:


Play by Play: Tom Abbott


Analyst: Jane Crafter


Tower: Jim Gallagher Jr.                     


On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill








Principal Charity Classic


Dates: June 3-5


Venue: Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa




Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):


Friday              7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 3-5 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)


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


Sunday            4-6 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Monday replay)




Broadcast Notes:


Calcavecchia defends: Mark Calcavecchia defeated Joe Durant and Brian Henninger by one shot for his third PGA TOUR Champions win.


Headlining the field: John Daly, Rocco Mediate, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jesper Parnevik, Tom Lehman, Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia, Billy Andrade and Gary Koch.




Golf Channel Broadcast Team:


Play by Play: Bob Papa


Analyst: Lanny Wadkins


Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr


On-Course: Billy Ray Brown




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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