NBC Sports Group Inaugural Coverage of The 145TH Open Kicks off at 1:30 am ET / 10:30 p.m. PT TONIGHT on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 13, 2016, 11:40 pm

Golf Channel and NBC to Air Nearly 50 Hours of Live Tournament Coverage of The Open Thursday-Sunday From First Tee Shot to Final Putt

 Cabrera, DeLaet, Mahan Lead Field at the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship in Alabama

 2016 LPGA Major Champions Ko, Henderson and Lang Headline Field at the Marathon Classic in Ohio


ORLANDO, Fla. (July 13, 2016) – The dramatic setting of Royal Troon Golf Club provides the backdrop for NBC Sports Group’s inaugural coverage of The 145TH Open, with nearly 50 hours of live tournament coverage on Golf Channel and NBC. Live coverage begins with the first tee shot TONIGHT at 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT) on Golf Channel and continues until the final putt drops on NBC on Sunday. The PGA TOUR returns to Alabama this week for the Barbasol Classic, where Angel Cabrera, Graham DeLaet and Hunter Mahan lead the field. On the LPGA Tour, the three LPGA major champions in 2016 – Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson and Brittany Lang – headline the field in Ohio for the Marathon Classic. The field also includes 2016 NCAA Women’s Individual National Champion Virginia Elena Carta (Duke) and Ying Luo from the team national champions Washington Huskies.


The 145TH Open

Dates: July 14-17

Venue: Royal Troon Golf Club, Troon, Scotland

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Friday              1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)      

Saturday          4-7 a.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            4-7 a.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-4 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          7 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 p.m. (Round 3 Highlights Special)

Sunday            7 a.m.- 2 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 p.m. (Final Round Highlights Special)    

Broadcast Notes:

Nearly 50 hours of live tournament coverage: Golf Channel and NBC will devote nearly 50 hours of tournament coverage to The 145TH Open Thursday-Sunday, including 14.5 hours on Golf Channel over each of the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday, 10.5 hours across Golf Channel and NBC on Saturday and 10 hours on Sunday.

DirecTV Mosaic of The Open:From Thursday through Sunday, NBC Sports has partnered with DirecTV to provide its signature mosaic offering for The Open, including four separate productions providing fans with unique and compelling exclusive content. Viewers will be able to watch each channel individually or tune into all four simultaneously.

  • Live TV – Simulcast of Golf Channel’s and NBC’s live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday.
  • First Tee – Live coverage of the first tee for every group Thursday-Sunday. Once all golfers are on the course, coverage will transition to an original studio show featuring contributions from Golf Channel anchors, reporters and analysts providing highlights and discussion about the latest storylines.
  • Marquee Group – Live coverage of featured groups from both the early and late waves of competitors on Thursday and Friday, and key groups over the weekend.
  • Featured Holes – Live coverage of holes 6, 7 and one of the most famous holes in golf, the 123-yard par-3 8th hole, better known as “The Postage Stamp.”

NBC to Air Third and Final Round Highlight Specials: On Saturday and Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC will air highlight specials recapping the third and final rounds of action.

Special “Midnight Drive” Prepares Viewers for The Start of The Open Tonight: Tonight at11:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will air a first-ever “late night” special edition of Morning Drive leading into live coverage at 1:30 am ET.

Golf Central Live From The Open Wraparound Coverage: Golf Central Live From The Open is providing comprehensive news coverage this week of The Open live from Royal Troon.

Johnson defends: Zach Johnson finished at -15 and defeated Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole aggregate playoff to capture his first Open win.

The field: The field features 91 of the top-100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, representing 24 different countries.

NBC Sports Group Broadcast Team:

Host:               Mike Tirico

Play by Play:   Terry Gannon, Steve Sands, Mick Tirico, Dan Hicks

Analyst:           Nick Faldo, Frank Nobilo, Johnny Miller

Tower:             Tom Abbott, Curt Byrum, Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch

On Course:      Billy Ray Brown, Jerry Foltz, Notah Begay, David Feherty, Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing

Essays:            Jimmy Roberts

Interviews:      Todd Lewis, Steve Sands


Barbasol Championship

Dates: July 14-17

Venue: RTJ Golf Trail at Grand National (Lake Course), Auburn, Ala.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-8 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-1:30 a.m. (Friday Replay)

Friday              5-8 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Saturday Replay)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Headlining the field: Angel Cabrera, Alex Cejka, K.J. Choi, Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Jhonattan Vegas, Hunter Mahan, Scott Stallings, Lee McCoy, Martin Piller, Patrick Rodgers, Robby Shelton, David Toms.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Play by Play:   Whit Watson

Analyst:           Lanny Wadkins

Tower:             Craig Perks

On Course:      Gary Christian, Phil Blackmar


Marathon Classic

Dates: July 14-17

Venue: Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         8-10 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)         

Friday              8-10 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Saturday          6-8 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)

 **Sunday’s final round will air on CBS**

Broadcast Notes:

2016 LPGA major champions headline field: Lydia Ko (ANA Inspiration), Brooke Henderson (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship) and Brittany Lang (U.S. Women’s Open) headline the field this week at the Marathon Classic

NCAA Champions in the field: 2016 NCAA Women’s golf individual national champion Virginia Elena Carta (Duke) and Ying Luo, member of the team national champions Washington Huskies, are entered in the field this week on sponsor’s exemptions as a result of their achievements at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships.

Choi defends: Chella Choi defeated Ha Na Jang with a par on the first playoff hole for her first career win in 2015.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play:   Grant Boone

Analyst:           Karen Stupples

Tower:             Jim Gallagher, Jr.

On Course:      Nicole Castrale, Kay Cockerill

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.