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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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 23, 2018, 4:45 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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J. Korda fires flawless 62, leads by 4 in Thailand

By Associated PressFebruary 23, 2018, 12:48 pm

CHONBURI, Thailand – Jessica Korda shot a course-record 62 at the Honda LPGA Thailand on Friday to lead by four strokes after the second round.

Playing her first tournament since having jaw surgery, Korda made eight birdies and finished with an eagle to move to 16 under par at the halfway point, a 36-hole record for the event.

''That was a pretty good round, pretty special,'' she said. ''Just had a lot of fun doing it.''


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Korda is the daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda. She leads from another American, Brittany Lincicome, who carded a 65 to go 12 under at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course.

Minjee Lee of Australia is third and a shot behind Linicome on 11 under after a 67. Lexi Thompson, the 2016 champion, is fourth and another shot behind Lee.

Korda is making her season debut in Thailand after the surgery and is playing with 27 screws holding her jaw in place.

She seized the outright lead with a birdie on No. 15, the third of four straight birdies she made on the back nine. Her eagle on the last meant she finished with a 29 on the back nine, putting her in prime position for a first tour win since 2015.

''The best part is I have had no headache for 11 weeks. So that's the biggest win for me,'' she said. ''Honestly I was just trying to get on the green, get myself a chance. I birdied four in a row and holed a long one (on 18). I wasn't expecting it at all. It was pretty cool.''

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Simpson, Noren share Honda lead after challenging Rd. 1

By Doug FergusonFebruary 23, 2018, 1:25 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Tiger Woods had what he called ''easily'' his best round hitting the ball, and he didn't even break par at the Honda Classic.

Alex Noren and Webb Simpson shared the lead at 4-under 66 in steady wind on a penal PGA National golf course, and felt as though they had to work hard for it. Both dropped only one shot Thursday, which might have been as great an accomplishment as any of their birdies.

''When you stand on certain tee boxes or certain approach shots, you remember that, 'Man, this is one of the hardest courses we play all year, including majors,''' said Simpson, who is playing the Honda Classic for the first time in seven years.

Only 20 players broke par, and just as many were at 76 or worse.

Woods had only one big blunder - a double bogey on the par-5 third hole when he missed the green and missed a 3-foot putt - in an otherwise stress-free round. He had one other bogey against three birdies, and was rarely out of position. Even one of his two wild drives, when his ball landed behind two carts that were selling frozen lemonade and soft pretzels, he still had a good angle to the green.

''It was very positive today,'' Woods said. ''It was a tough day out there for all of us, and even par is a good score.''

It was plenty tough for Adam Scott, who again stumbled his way through the closing stretch of holes that feature water, water and more water. Scott went into the water on the par-3 15th and made double bogey, and then hit into the water on the par-3 17th and made triple bogey. He shot 73.


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Rory McIlroy was at even par deep into the back nine when he figured his last chance at birdie would be the par-5 18th. Once he got there, he figured his best chance at birdie was to hit 3-wood on or near the green. Instead, he came up a yard short and into the water, made double bogey and shot 72.

Noren, who lost in a playoff at Torrey Pines last month, shot 31 on the front nine and finished with a 6-foot birdie on the ninth hole into a strong wind for his 66.

The Swede is a nine-time winner on the European Tour who is No. 16 in the world, though he has yet to make a connection among American golf fans - outside of Stillwater, Oklahoma, from his college days at Oklahoma State - from not having fared well at big events. Noren spends time in South Florida during the winter, so he's getting used to this variety of putting surfaces.

''I came over here to try to play some more American-style courses, get firmer greens, more rough, and to improve my driving and improve my long game,'' Noren said. ''So it's been great.''

PGA champion Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Morgan Hoffmann - who all live up the road in Jupiter - opened with a 67. There's not much of an advantage because hardly anyone plays PGA National the other 51 weeks of the year. It's a resort that gets plenty of traffic, and conditions aren't quite the same.

Louis Oosthuizen, the South African who now lives primarily in West Palm Beach, also came out to PGA National a few weeks ago to get a feel for the course. He was just like everyone else that day - carts on paths only. Not everyone can hole a bunker shot on the final hole at No. 9 for a 67. Mackenzie Hughes of Canada shot his 67 with a bogey from a bunker on No. 9.

Woods, in his third PGA Tour event since returning from a fourth back surgery, appears to be making progress.

''One bad hole,'' he said. ''That's the way it goes.''

It came on the easiest hole on the course. Woods drove into a fairway bunker on the par-5 third, laid up and put his third shot in a bunker. He barely got it out to the collar, used the edge of his sand wedge to putt it down toward the hole and missed the 3-foot par putt.

He answered with a birdie and made pars the rest of the way.

''I'm trying to get better, more efficient at what I'm doing,'' Woods said. ''And also I'm actually doing it under the gun, under the pressure of having to hit golf shots, and this golf course is not forgiving whatsoever. I was very happy with the way I hit it today.''

Woods played with Patton Kizzire, who already has won twice on the PGA Tour season this year. Kizzire had never met Woods until Thursday, and he yanked his opening tee shot into a palmetto bush. No one could find it, so he had to return to the tee to play his third shot. Kizzire covered the 505 yards in three shots, an outstanding bogey considering the two-shot penalty.

Later, he laughed about the moment.

''I was so nervous,'' Kizzire said. ''I said to Tiger, 'Why did you have to make me so nervous?'''

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Players battle 'crusty' greens on Day 1 at Honda

By Randall MellFebruary 22, 2018, 11:52 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods called the greens “scratchy” on PGA National’s Champion Course.

Rory McIlroy said there is “not a lot of grass on them.”

Morgan Hoffmann said they are “pretty dicey in spots, like a lot of dirt.”

The first round of the Honda Classic left players talking almost as much about the challenge of navigating the greens as they did the challenge of Florida’s blustery, winter winds.

“They looked more like Sunday greens than Thursday,” McIlroy said. “They are pretty crusty. They are going to have a job keeping a couple of them alive.”

The Champion Course always plays tough, ranking annually among the most challenging on the PGA Tour. With a very dry February, the course is firmer and faster than it typically plays.

“Today was not easy,” Woods said. “It's going to get more difficult because these greens are not the best . . . Some of these putts are a bit bouncy . . . There's no root structure. You hit shots and you see this big puff of sand on the greens, so that shows you there's not a lot of root structure.”


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Brad Nelson, PGA National’s director of agronomy, said the Champion Course’s TifEagle Bermuda greens are 18 years old, and they are dealing with some contamination, in spots, of other strains of grasses.

“As it’s been so warm and dry, and as we are trying to get the greens so firm, those areas that are not a true Tifeagle variety anymore, they get unhappy,” Nelson said. “What I mean by unhappy is that they open up a little bit . . . It gives them the appearance of being a little bit thin in some areas.”

Nelson said the greens are scheduled for re-grassing in the summer of 2019. He said the greens do have a “crusty” quality, but . . .

“Our goal is to be really, really firm, and we feel like we are in a good place for where we want them to be going into the weekend,” he said.