NBC Sports Group Continues 2017 LPGA Tour Season With Eight Consecutive Weeks of LPGA Tour Coverage

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 16, 2017, 3:00 pm

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – the LPGA Tour’s Second Major of 2017 – Airs June 29-July 2 on Golf Channel and NBC

Golf Channel’s 2017 LPGA Tour Viewership Up 10 Percent Year-Over-Year To Date

ORLANDO, Fla., May 16, 2017 – With record viewership at the season-opening event in January and the drama of the final round at the ANA Inspiration contributing to growing Golf Channel’s 2017 LPGA Tour viewership by 10 percent year-over-year, the LPGA Tour returns to Golf Channel this week with the Kingsmill Championship, beginning an eight-week consecutive stretch that is highlighted by the LPGA Tour’s second major championship of 2017, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 29-July 2).

KINGSMILL CHAMPIONSHIP: This week’s Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va., begins a series of eight consecutive LPGA tournaments airing live on Golf Channel. Twenty of the top-25 players in the Rolex Rankings are in the tournament field, including World No. 1 Lydia Ko, No. 2 So Yeon Ryu, No. 3 and defending Kingsmill champion Ariya Jutanugarn, World No. 4 In Gee Chun and No. 5 Lexi Thompson. 

Primetime coverage of the first two rounds of the Kingsmill Championship will air Thursday and Friday (May 18-19) from 9-11 p.m. ET with live streaming on Golf Channel Digital from 4:30-6:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage will continue on-air and online Saturday and Sunday (May 20-21) from 5-7 p.m. ET.

KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, THE LPGA TOUR’S SECOND MAJOR OF 2017: Following the Kingsmill Championship, the LPGA Tour will travel to Michigan, New Jersey, Ontario and Arkansas before heading to Olympia Fields Country Club in suburban Chicago for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 29-July 2), the LPGA Tour’s second major championship in 2017. Golf Channel and NBC will combine for more than 12 hours of live tournament coverage, complemented by comprehensive news and digital coverage.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 2017 MARQUEE LPGA EVENTS: Golf Channel has coverage of four of the five women’s major championships in 2017, with three majors airing on NBC: the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the RICOH Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship. The biennial Solheim Cup returns to U.S. soil in 2017, taking place in August in West Des Moines, Iowa, with complete coverage on Golf Channel. This year, NBC Sports Group will televise 33 LPGA Tour events in the season-long Race to the CME Globe – the highest number of Golf Channel televised events in LPGA history.

PURE SILK BAHAMAS AND ANA INSPIRATION RECORD VIEWERSHIP: The 2017 LPGA Tour season kicked off in the Bahamas with the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in January, with Brittany Lincicome defeating Lexi Thompson in a one-hole playoff. Sunday’s (Jan. 29) final-round coverage delivered 524,000 viewers, the most-watched LPGA Tour regular season telecast in Golf Channel history, which also featured Stacy Lewis, Gerina Piller and Nelly Korda finishing 3-5, respectively. Viewership peaked at 650,000 in the first half hour on Sunday.

Viewership momentum continued through the season’s first major championship, the ANA Inspiration (March 30-April 2). In a final round that saw Thompson incur a four-stroke penalty, and the subsequent emotional playoff between Thompson and So Yeon Ryu, Golf Channel delivered 706,000 viewers for Sunday’s final round (+63% YOY), the most-watched final round at this event on Golf Channel (2011-17) and most-watched LPGA Tour round on Golf Channel in eight years. Coverage peaked at 852,000 viewers (9:15-9:30 p.m. ET).

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET

An Instagram user known as hwalks posted photos to her account that included images of Tiger Woods, President Trump and Dustin Johnson Friday at Trump National, as well as video of Woods' swing.



Original story:

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.



Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.