NBC Sports Group Continues FedExCup Playoffs Coverage with Dell Technologies Championship, BMW Championship and Tour Championship

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 30, 2017, 12:45 pm

Final Three Events of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season Exclusively on Golf Channel and NBC 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2017) – Following Sunday’s dramatic conclusion at The Northern Trust with World. No. 1 Dustin Johnson defeating Jordan Spieth in a one-hole playoff, the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs continue this week outside of Boston with the Dell Technologies Championship, Friday-Monday, Sept. 1-4. Golf Channel and NBC will carry exclusive coverage of the final three events of the FedExCup Playoffs, culminating with the season-ending TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Taking place at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., the Dell Technologies Championship will feature the top-100 players in the FedExCup standings who advanced from last week’s Northern Trust. Golf Channel will air live coverage of the first two rounds Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, with Golf Channel and NBC combining for live coverage of the final two rounds Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3-4. In total, NBC Sports Group will air nearly 20 hours of live tournament coverage of the event.

The top-70 players then will advance to Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago for the BMW Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 14-17. From there, the top-30 will advance to the season-culminating TOUR Championship, where the season-long FedExCup champion will be crowned and the $10 million first-place prize will be awarded.

BROADCAST TEAMS: Golf Channel will carry live coverage of the opening two rounds and weekend lead-in coverage at each of the final three playoff events, with NBC also carrying third and final round coverage at each stop. Terry Gannon/Frank Nobilo (Dell Technologies Championship, TOUR Championship) and Rich Lerner/Nobilo (BMW Championship) will handle play-by-play and analyst duties for Golf Channel’s early round and lead-in coverage of the FedExCup Playoffs. Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller will anchor NBC’s weekend coverage of the final three events. Tower analysts Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen; on-course reporters David Feherty, Jim “Bones” Mackay, Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Notah Begay, and reporter Steve Sands will contribute to coverage on both Golf Channel and NBC. Jimmy Roberts will serve as an essayist at the BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship.

NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel’s news programs, Golf Central and Morning Drive, will provide comprehensive wraparound news coverage throughout the remainder of the FedExCup Playoffs with interviews, highlights, on-site reports and features. At the BMW Championship, Matt Ginella and Charlie Rymer will host Morning Drive on-location from Conway Farms, Tuesday-Sunday. The network’s team of analysts, including Begay, Brandel Chamblee, John Cook, David Duval, Tripp Isenhour, Billy Kratzert and Arron Oberholser, all will contribute to Golf Central’s coverage during the Playoffs. 

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Golf Channel Digital will have comprehensive editorial coverage of the FedExCup Playoffs with columns and daily blogs. Senior writer Rex Hoggard will report on-site for the Dell Technologies Championship and TOUR Championship; and staff writer Will Gray will report onsite for the BMW Championship.

Golf Channel’s social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram– will provide expanded social coverage surrounding the final stretch of the season. Also, for the first time at the FedExCup Playoffs, both Golf Channel and NBC will integrate social media throughout its live tournament telecasts, incorporating social media posts from players and fans.

News and tournament action surrounding the FedExCup Playoffs can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online via Golf Channel Digital. Fans also can stream NBC Sports’ coverage of live golf via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports App.

NBC Sports Group FedExCup Playoffs Tournament Coverage (all times ET):

Dell Technologies Championship (Sept. 1-4)

   

Friday, Sept. 1

First Round

2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Saturday, Sept. 2

Second Round

3-6:30 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Sunday, Sept. 3

Third Round

1-3 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Sunday, Sept. 3

Third Round

3-6 p.m. (Live)

NBC

Monday, Sept. 4

Final Round

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Monday, Sept. 4

Final Round

1:30-6 p.m. (Live)

NBC

       

BMW Championship (Sept. 14-17)

   

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Pro-Am Show

5-6 p.m.

Golf Channel

Thursday, Sept. 14

First Round

3-7 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Friday, Sept. 15

Second Round

3-7 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Saturday, Sept. 16

Third Round

1-3 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Saturday, Sept. 16

Third Round

3-6 p.m. (Live)

NBC

Sunday, Sept. 17

Final Round

Noon-2 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Sunday, Sept. 17

Final Round

2-6 p.m. (Live)

NBC

       

TOUR Championship (Sept. 21-24)

   

Thursday, Sept. 21

First Round

1-6 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Friday, Sept. 22

Second Round

1-6 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Saturday, Sept. 23

Third Round

12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Saturday, Sept. 23

Third Round

2:30-6 p.m. (Live)

NBC

Sunday, Sept. 24

Final Round

Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel

Sunday, Sept. 24

Final Round

1:30-6 p.m. (Live)

NBC

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."

Move over Lydia, a new Ko is coming to LPGA

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 5:11 pm

Another gifted young South Korean will be joining the LPGA ranks next year.

Jin Young Ko, the Korean LPGA Tour star, informed the American-based LPGA on Sunday night that she will be taking up membership next year. Ko earned the right by winning the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship as a nonmember in South Korea in October.

Ko, 22, no relation to Lydia Ko, first burst on to the international spotlight with her run into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry two years ago. She led there through 54 holes, with Inbee Park overtaking her in the final round to win.

With 10 KLPGA Tour titles, three in each of the last two seasons, Ko has risen to No. 19 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

Ko told GolfChannel.com Sunday afternoon that she was struggling over the decision, with a Monday deadline looming.

“It’s a difficult decision to leave home,” Ko said after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, when she was still undecided. “The travelling far away, on my own, the loneliness, that’s what is difficult.”

Ko will be the favorite to win the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award next year. South Koreans have won that award the last three years. Sung Hyun Park won it this year, In Gee Chun last year and Sei Young Kim in 2015. South Korean-born players have won the last four, with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko winning it in 2014. Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.

Ko released this statement through the LPGA on Wednesday: 

"It has been my dream since I was young to play on the LPGA Tour and I look forward to testing myself against the best players on a worldwide stage. I know it is going to be tough but making a first win as an LPGA member and winning the Rolex Rookie of the Year award would be two of the biggest goals I would like to achieve next year."