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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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.