NBC and Golf Channel Roll Out Coverage Fit For 'The King' at Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 10, 2016, 10:50 pm

Nearly 50 Live Hours of News and Tournament Coverage on Tap Next Week from Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, the Most in Tournament History

 Golf Central and Morning Drive on-site Monday-Sunday, March 14-20

Professionals in the Field to Hit Arnold Palmer’s Original Golf Clubs for Special Features Running Thursday-Sunday, March 17-20

‘The Golf Fix’ From Bay Hill Monday; Pro-Am Special Airing Wednesday


ORLANDO, Fla. (March 10, 2016) – NBC Sports Group will deliver nearly 50 live hours – the most in tournament history – of comprehensive news and tournament coverage on-site at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge next week when the PGA TOUR’s Florida Swing moves to Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

GOLF CENTRAL AND MORNING DRIVE ON-SITE MONDAY-SUNDAY: Golf Central and Morning Drive will commence from a new, custom-built set on the driving range at Bay Hill Club & Lodge all week beginning Monday, March 14. The multi-purpose set will utilize both the driving range and the clubhouse as backdrops and will be used in collaboration by both shows throughout the week.

Morning Drive will expand its coverage to three hours Monday-Wednesday beginning at 7 a.m., featuring daily guests on-set leading up to the start of the tournament. Thursday-Sunday, Morning Drive will air beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Golf Central will provide wraparound news coverage on-site all week at Bay Hill beginning Monday at 6 p.m. ET with interviews, highlights, analysis and features.

Ryan Burr, Lisa Cornwell, Notah Begay, Tripp Isenhour, Mark Rolfing and Tim Rosaforte will lead Golf Central’s coverage Monday-Wednesday, with Kelly Tilghman, Brandel Chamblee and former World No. 1 David Duval anchoring weekend coverage. Chris DiMarco, Damon Hack, Cara Robinson, Charlie Rymer, Lauren Thompson and Gary Williams will be-onsite for Morning Drive.

20 HOURS OF TOURNAMENT COVERAGE:  Golf Channel and NBC combined will air 20 hours of live tournament coverage of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Golf Channel’s tournament coverage includes a one-hour, pro-am special on Wednesday; eight combined hours of early round coverage on Thursday and Friday; and four total hours of coverage leading into NBC’s coverage on Saturday and Sunday. NBC will deliver a combined seven hours of live tournament coverage on Saturday and Sunday.

Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC’s 18th tower broadcast teams will include Rich Lerner and Frank Nobilo (Golf Channel), and Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller (NBC). For telecasts on both networks, David Feherty, Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen will report from tower positions, while Notah Begay, Roger Maltbie and Mark Rolfing will walk with the players on the course. Steve Sands and Todd Lewis will conduct player interviews, while Jimmy Roberts’ signature essays will be highlighted during the weekend.

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard Air Times (all times Eastern):

Wednesday (Pro-Am Show)               5-6 p.m.                      Golf Channel

Thursday- Friday                              2-6 p.m.                      Golf Channel

Saturday-Sunday                              12:30-2:30 p.m.          Golf Channel

                                                         2:30-6 p.m.                 NBC

‘ARNIE’ TO RE-AIR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAYArnie, Golf Channel Films’ four-part, critically-acclaimed documentary film on the life and legacy of Arnold Palmer, will air in its entirety on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Arnie Air Times (all times Eastern)

Tuesday           2-6 p.m.

Wednesday      1-5 p.m.; 8 p.m.-Midnight

PROFESSIONALS TO TRY OUT ARNOLD PALMER’S ORIGINAL GOLF CLUBS: Golf Channel cameras will shoot players in the field hitting original golf clubs belonging to Arnold Palmer for special “MasterCard Gets You Inside the Game” features that will air Thursday-Sunday on Golf Central, including:

  • Driver: Players will hit the driver Arnold Palmer used to win the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills, in what is known as the greatest comeback in U.S. Open history.
  • 3-Wood: In one of the most amazing shots he ever hit in a golf tournament, players will use the same 3-wood Palmer hit on the 18th hole at Pecan Valley Golf Course in the 1968 PGA Championship, where he hit his shot from out of the pecan trees to inside 10 feet of the hole.
  • 5-iron: Palmer recorded two holes-in-one on the same hole in consecutive days in 1986 at the Chrysler Cup Pro-Am on the 182-yard 3rd hole. The feat had never been accomplished prior or since in professional golf. Players will hit Palmer’s 5-iron with which he recorded both holes-in-one.
  • Sand Wedge: Players will hit the same sand wedge Palmer used at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills during his comeback in winning the championship.

INSTRUCTION:  Golf Channel’s Monday night instruction program, The Golf Fix, will be shot on-site from the driving range at Bay Hill and air on Monday at 7 p.m. ET. Titleist club designer Bob Vokey and European Tour winner Chris Wood are scheduled to join host Michael Breed for instruction during the hour-long episode.

DIGITAL: GolfChannel.com’s Jay Coffin, Rex Hoggard and Will Gray will report on-site at Bay Hill throughout the week with daily blogs, features and columns.

STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA/NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA:  All the news and tournament action surrounding the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online through the help of Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra. Fans also can stream Golf Channel on NBC coverage of live golf with NBC Sports Live Extra.

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x