Masters Week on Golf Channel to Feature More Than 80 Live Hours of News Coverage Monday-Sunday

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 4, 2014, 5:20 pm

Golf Channel will dedicate a record number of hours and network resources to cover next week’s Masters tournament from Augusta National Golf Club, delivering more than 80 total hours of live news and related programming geared toward the men’s major championship of 2014. 

Drive, Chip and Putt Championships National Finals

Coverage from Augusta National kicks off Sunday, April 6 at 8 a.m. ET, when 88 junior golfers from throughout the U.S. and Canada will participate in an experience of a lifetime for theDrive, Chip and Putt Championship National Finals.  Golf Channel will feature five hours of live coverage, including an hour-long pre-game show at 8 a.m. ET followed by four hours of live competition from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. 

Live From the Masters

Live From, Golf Channel’s signature news show from golf’s marquee championships, will dominate Golf Channel’s daytime and primetime schedules during Masters week, with more than 50 hours of live news coverage from Augusta National Golf Club and the network’s studio headquarters. Notah Begay, Brandel Chamblee, Brad Faxon, Rich Lerner, Todd Lewis, Frank Nobilo and Steve Sands will anchor the network’s coverage from Augusta.  Michael Breed, Ryan Burr, John Cook, Steve Flesch, Arron Oberholser and Kelly Tilghman will report from Orlando.  Coverage begins Monday and will conclude with a post-tournament show on Sunday after the last putt drops. 

Morning Drive

Golf Channel will begin each morning of Masters Week with the latest news, commentary, special guests and features on Morning Drive, including live interviews from Augusta National.  Cook and Phil Blackmar will join the Morning Drive team all next week from the network’s Orlando studios, and Charlie Rymer will contribute throughout the week from Augusta.

Morning Drive Special Features

  • Matt Ginella’s “Best      Places to Play” in Augusta – Golf Channel Travel Insider Matt Ginella gives      viewers tips and suggestions on the best places to play in and around      Augusta on Monday.
  • Tuesday Champions      Dinners      – In honor of the Masters Champions dinner taking place Tuesday night, Morning      Drive co-hosts will present their own signature champions dinner      dishes live on the show, including a special guest appearance from      celebrity chef and Food Network star Emeril Lagasse, who will prepare      Damon Hack’s champions dinner.

Special Guests Joining Live From Coverage

A list of golfing legends scheduled to make appearances during the week include:  Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw, Ray Floyd, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller.

News Conferences

Live From the Masters on Monday and Tuesday will feature player news conferences from the media center at Augusta National Golf Club.  Monday’s news conferences will be headlined by Jason Day and Patrick Reed, and Wednesday’s news conferences coverage will feature Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne.

Live From the Masters Scheduled Features (previews available upon request):

  • Defending Champion Adam      Scott’s 2013 Masters Victory – Golf Channel visits the homes of Adam and his      father, Phil, in Australia to reflect on Adam’s 2013 victory and the      impact his win had on their native country.
  • Former Texas Longhorn      All-Americans Spieth, Crenshaw and Chamblee Talk Masters – Brandel Chamblee      spent a recent afternoon in Austin, Texas with first-time Masters      participant Jordan Spieth and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw – all      three University of Texas All-Americans.
  • McIlroy Talks Tiger      Woods’ Influence on His Own Golf Career – Rory McIlroy sits down      with Golf Channel’s Steve Sands for a one-on-one interview, where he talks      about how Tiger Woods’ golf achievements has influenced his own career.
  • Scott Hoch and his 1989      Masters Heartbreak – A look back at Scott Hoch’s heartbreaking loss 25      years ago at the 1989 Masters, when he missed a two-foot putt in a playoff      to win, ultimately losing to Nick Faldo.
  • The Loss of the      Eisenhower Tree      – A close look at the history of the famous Eisenhower Tree that was      removed from the 17th fairway in February due to weather.
  • Stadlers to Make History– Golf Channel sits down      with Craig and Kevin Stadler, both in the field next week, as the      first-ever father-son competitors playing in the same Masters.

GolfChannel.com Digital Coverage:  GolfChannel.com will feature expanded editorial content during Masters Week with up-to-the-minute blogs and fan interaction, including:

  • News & Features GolfChannel.com writers      will post Masters-related features throughout the week, scheduled to begin      Monday with senior writer Rex Hoggard’s feature on defending champion Adam      Scott, “The Making of the First Australian Masters Champion.”
  • Live Chats GolfChannel.com      editorial staff will host live chats Thursday-Sunday to keep fans      up-to-date and answer their questions as the action unfolds.
    • Thursday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.       ET
    • Friday: Noon-7 p.m. ET
    • Saturday: 3-7 p.m. ET
    • Sunday: 3-7 p.m. ET
  • Exclusive Video Content GolfChannel.com will      provide video updates daily throughout the week from the network’s digital      studio in Orlando, as well as segments from Golf Channel’s Live From      the Masters and Morning Drive news coverage.
  • For the Record – Golf Channel.com senior writer      Rex Hoggard sits down with Adam Scott’s father in a two-part series that      airs each Tuesday online at GolfChannel.com.

Arnie

Following Live From the Masters on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will premiere Arnie, a three-night television event that will showcase how Arnold Palmer revolutionized and transcended the game to become one of the most beloved figures in sports history.  Arnie will air on consecutive nights at 10 p.m. ET from Sunday, April 13, through Tuesday, April 15.  Golf Channel spent the last year traveling with Palmer, collecting interviews from more than 100 people, sifting through hundreds of hours of archived film – including hours of Palmer family video that has never been seen before – and shooting in locations around the world to create television’s definitive story of the most influential man to ever pick up a golf club.

Notable Masters Week Air Times (all times ET):

Sunday,   April 6

   

8-9   a.m.                                               

Golf   Central Pre Game

Live

9   a.m.-1   p.m.                               

Drive,   Chip and Putt Championship National Finals

Live

     

Monday,   April 7

   

7-10   a.m.                              

Morning   Drive                                                                

Live

2-5   p.m.                                 

Live   From the   Masters                                                     

Live

 

(includes   news conferences)

 

6-7   p.m.                                

The   Golf Fix

 

7-8:30   p.m.                            

Live   From the   Masters                                                      

Live

     

Tuesday,   April 8

   

7-9   a.m.                                

Morning  Drive                                                                   

Live

9   a.m.-5   p.m.                        

Live   From the   Masters                                                      

Live

 

(includes   player news conferences)

 

7-9   p.m.                                

Live   From the   Masters                                                       

Live

     

Wednesday,   April 9

   

7-9   a.m.                                

Morning   Drive                                                                     

Live

9   a.m.-3   p.m.                        

Live   From the   Masters                                                       

Live

 

(includes   news conferences)

 

7-9   p.m.                                

Live   From the   Masters                                                      

Live

     

Thursday,   April 10 & Friday, April 11

   

6-8   a.m.                              

Morning   Drive                                                                  

Live

8   a.m.-3   p.m.                      

Live   From the   Masters                                                   

Live

7:30-9:30   p.m.                     

Live   From the   Masters                                                   

Live

     

Saturday,   April 12

   

6-9:30   a.m.                       

Morning   Drive                                                                    

Live

9:30   a.m.-3   p.m.                 

Live   From the   Masters                                                       

Live

7-9   p.m.                             

Live   From the   Masters                                                       

Live

     

Sunday,   April 13

   

6-9:30   a.m.                           

Morning   Drive                                                                    

Live

9:30   a.m.-2   p.m.                  

Live   From the   Masters                                                     

Live

7-10   p.m.                                

Live   From the   Masters                                                 

Live

10-11   p.m.                            

Arnie   (Premiere)

 
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Rahm (62) takes early lead at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."