NBC Sports Group Kicks Off PGA TOUR's Florida Swing and Six Consecutive Tournament Weeks

By Golf Channel Public RelationsFebruary 23, 2015, 3:20 pm

Golf Channel’s Weekend Spotlight Coverage Showcasing “The Bear Trap” Closing Stretch at PGA National Resort & Spa

Johnny Miller and Dan Hicks’ Partnership Begins 16th Year for Golf Channel on NBC, Setting All-Time Network Record for 18th Hole Broadcast Tandem

Morning Drive Welcomes Cara Robinson as New Co-Host


Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC will present 23 live hours of The Honda Classic this week, as the PGA TOUR moves east for the Florida Swing and NBC Sports Group kicks off exclusive coverage of the TOUR’s next six weeks.

The Honda Classic, with 16 of the top-25 players in the world in the field, will feature marquee names, such as World No. 1 Rory McIlroy – making his U.S. debut in 2015 – Sergio Garcia (7), Justin Rose (8), Martin Kaymer (11), Rickie Fowler (12), Hideki Matsuyama (14), Patrick Reed (15), Victor Dubuisson (16), Billy Horschel (17), Phil Mickelson (18) and Brooks Koepka (19).

Hicks & Miller Set Record:  Leading Golf Channel on NBC’s weekend coverage will be Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller, who will begin their 16th year as play-by-play announcer and lead analyst, which sets a record in golf for the longest-tenured 18th-hole broadcasting tandem for any network.  Joining Hicks and Miller will be Gary Koch, Roger Maltbie, Peter Jacobsen, Notah Begay and Steve Sands.  Calling the action for Golf Channel’s early round coverage will be Terry Gannon and Frank Nobilo, supported by the NBC crew, as well as Todd Lewis and Angela Hamann reporting for Golf Central.

Spotlight Coverage:  Golf Channel’s Spotlight Coverage debuts in 2015 at The Honda Classic, featuring live action of players navigating what has become one of the toughest three-hole stretches in golf and complementing Golf Channel on NBC’s award-winning traditional coverage.  While NBC is on the air live with traditional coverage, Golf Channel also will be on the air live, but focusing on “The Bear Trap,” encompassing Nos. 15-17 on the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA National Champion Course.  Calling the action will be Bob Papa, Curt Byrum, Tom Abbott and Jerry Foltz.

The Honda Classic – Live Tournament Airtimes

Wednesday     5-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel Pro-Am coverage)

Thursday         2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live traditional coverage)

Friday              2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live traditional coverage)

Saturday          1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live lead-in coverage)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. ET (NBC live traditional coverage)

Saturday          3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live Spotlight Coverage)

Sunday             1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live lead-in coverage)

Sunday             3-6 p.m. ET (NBC live traditional coverage)

Sunday             3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live Spotlight Coverage)

Exclusive PGA TOUR Coverage:  The Honda Classic will commence six consecutive weeks of PGA TOUR action on Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC, including:

  • The Honda Classic, PGA National Resort & Spa – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Feb. 26-March 1)
  • World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship – Trump National Doral, Doral, Fla. (March 5-8)
  • Puerto Rico Open – Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (March 5-8)
  • Valspar Championship – Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Palm Harbor, Fla. (March 12-15)
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational – Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla. (March 19-22)
  • Valero Texas Open – TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas (March 26-29)
  • Shell Houston Open – Redstone Golf Club, Humble, Texas (April 2-5)

Cara Robinson Joins Morning Drive:  English sports television presenter Cara Robinson will make her on-air debut as the newest co-host for Morning Drive on Thursday, Feb. 26.  A London native, Robinson brings extensive experience in television and golf. She most recently served as host of Golfing World, a weekly, internationally distributed program that travels to golf’s biggest events to conduct player interviews and features about all aspects of the game.  She also participated in @TheOpenLIVE, a live digital telecast of the Open Championship, and has contributed as a studio host and reporter for productions surrounding Wimbledon, World’s Strongest Man, rugby and tennis at the London 2012 Olympics.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

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.