NBC Olympics Announces Golf Channel Programming Plans, Delivering More Than 130 Live Hours

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 3, 2016, 8:45 pm

Live Coverage of Men’s (Aug. 11-14) & Women’s (Aug. 17-20) Olympic Competitions to Span from Opening Tee Shot to Final Putt & Medal Ceremony

300 Total Hours of Competition and Wrap-Around News Coverage

Golf’s return to the Olympic Games for the first time in 112 years represents a modern-day first as Golf Channel joins NBC Sports’ unmatched Olympic heritage to become the first single-sport cable network to provide live coverage of its sport’s Olympic competition. And as today marks 100 days until golf officially makes its return to the Olympic Games, NBC Olympics has announced its on-air programming plans for golf coverage during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Golf Channel will feature more than 130 live hours of Olympics programming in total, surrounded by in-depth analysis previewing and recapping the competition and highlighted by live coverage of the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Golf competition (Men’s: Thursday, Aug. 11 – Sunday, Aug. 14; Women’s: Wednesday, Aug. 17 – Saturday, Aug. 20). In total, Golf Channel will provide nearly 300 hours dedicated to Olympics programming in August.

Similar to NBC Sports’ all-encompassing coverage of marquee events like the Ryder Cup, NBC Olympics’ live coverage of the men’s and women’s competitions in Rio will begin with the opening tee shot and continue until the medals are awarded. Golf Central’s Live From the Olympics also will provide wraparound news coverage immediately prior to and following live coverage of the competition. Additionally, NBC will feature live look-ins, highlights and updates on the golf competition throughout the Games. All Olympic competition, including golf, will be live streamed on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app, both of which require authentication.

“After more than a century, it’s wonderful to welcome the game of golf back to the Olympics and we can’t wait to bring NBC Olympics’ passion for storytelling and level of production to the stunning new Reserva Marapendi golf course in Rio,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics. “And as it turns out, we’ve got an entire NBC Sports division serving the sport’s loyal fans with dedicated coverage that will showcase the athletes taking advantage of what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent their country and golf on this global stage.”

“Golf’s return to the Olympics is an opportunity to help spark global interest and growth for the game,” said Mike McCarley, President, Golf, NBC Sports Group. “The tremendous support of the Olympics by the golf industry is evidenced by all men’s and women’s major championships providing exemptions for the Olympic gold medalists.”

Golf Makes Historic Return to the Olympics: The International Olympic Committee in 2009 voted to bring golf back to the Olympics for the 2016 and 2020 games, after the sport had been absent in the Olympic program since the men’s competition in 1904 and women’s in 1900. Athletes will compete on the newly constructed Olympic Golf Course, which was designed by Gil Hanse and Amy Alcott in Reserva Marapendi, located in Rio de Janeiro’s neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca. Additionally, Olympic gold medalists will receive exemptions into all of their respective major championships, including: The Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship in 2017 for the men, and the Evian Championship (in 2016) and ANA Inspiration, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, and Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2017 for the women.

Format: The Olympic golf competition will consist of 60 players on both the men’s (Aug. 11-14) and women’s (Aug. 17-20) side, competing in a 72-hole stroke play competition based on world golf rankings. The top-15 players in the official world golf rankings are eligible, with a maximum of four players allowed from a given nation. Outside of the top-15, each nation is allowed a maximum of two players (based on world ranking). If a country has already qualified two or more players within the top-15, additional athletes are not eligible. Qualification will close on Monday, July 11.

Golf Channel Live Olympics Programming Schedule

Monday, Aug. 8          Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                    9 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                  6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 9          Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                   9 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                  6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 10  Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                     9 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                  6-8 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 11      Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                    5-6:30 a.m.

                                    Men’s Olympics – Round 1                                                 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                  3-5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 12           Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                   5-6:30 a.m.

                                    Men’s Olympics – Round 2                                                6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 13       Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                   5-6:30 a.m.

                                    Men’s Olympics – Round 3                                                6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                 3-5 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 14         Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                   5-6 a.m.

                                    Men’s Olympics – Final Round                                          6 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                 3-5 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 15        Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                   9 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 16        Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                  9 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 17 Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                     5-6:30 a.m.

                                    Women’s Olympics – Round 1                                           6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                 3-5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 18      Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                   5-6:30 a.m.

                                    Women’s Olympics – Round 2                                           6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                 3-5 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 19           Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                   5-6:30 a.m.

                                    Women’s Olympics – Round 3                                           6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20       Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                   5-6 a.m.

                                    Women’s Olympics – Final Round                                      6 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                    Golf Central Live From the Olympics                                 3-5 p.m.                                                                      

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.


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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.