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

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

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Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm