NBC Sports Group Kicks off Today its All-Encompassing Coverage of the 145TH Open

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 12, 2016, 9:35 am

From First Tee Shot to Final Putt, NBC Sports’ Live Coverage Includes Return of The Open to Broadcast Television on NBC and Golf Channel’s First-Ever Telecast of a Men’s Major Championship

 Johnny Miller, Dan Hicks and Mike Tirico to Introduce Golf Channel’s Opening Round Coverage on at 1:30 a.m. ET Thursday Morning, 10:30 p.m. PT in Wednesday’s Primetime on the West Coast

 More than 200 Hours of Streaming and Digital Enhancements Provide Access to The Open from Any Screen, Anywhere, Anytime

 Golf Channel Features include Justin Rose All-Access; Feherty’s Unique Take on Scotland; and Retrospective of 1973 Champion Golfer Tom Weiskopf

 TROON, Scotland (July 11, 2016) – The dramatic setting of Royal Troon Golf Club will provide the backdrop for NBC Sports Group’s inaugural coverage of The 145TH Open this week, headlining more than 140 hours of combined programming beginning today on Golf Channel and NBC.

From golf’s original championship, NBC and Golf Channel will deliver nearly 50 hours of live tournament action, the most planned hours for a men’s major championship ever. In addition, all live coverage inside the ropes will be complemented by nearly 60 hours of wraparound news coverage on Golf Channel via Golf Central Live From The Open and Morning Drive.

Golf’s longest tenured 18th tower duo, lead analyst Johnny Miller and play-by-play-man Dan Hicks will be joined by host Mike Tirico to welcome viewers to NBC Sports Group’s coverage of The 145TH Open. Coming on the air to showcase the first tee shots of the opening round, coverage will begin early Thursday morning at 1:30 a.m. ET, which is in primetime on the West Coast on Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. PT.

ALL-ENCOMPASSING DIGITAL COVERAGE:

NEARLY 200 HOURS OF LIVE DIGITAL STREAMING COVERAGE: NBC Sports Group will stream nearly 200 hours of live coverage from The Open via Golf Live Extra and the NBC Sports App, powered by Playmaker Media. Golf Channel’s live streaming coverage is the network’s most ever in a one-week span, which will encompass all four rounds of live tournament coverage, Golf Central Live From The Open, Morning Drive, NBC’s weekend recap presentations, DirecTV Mosaic channels, and Golf Channel Digital’s Fairways of Life simulcast.

DIRECTV MOSAIC OF THE OPEN: From Thursday through Sunday, NBC Sports has teamed up with with DIRECTV to provide its exclusive, signature mosaic offering for The Open. The exclusive Open Experience includes four channels of coverage that fans can watch individually or all on one screen along with instant access to an interactive menu of features, including a live leaderboard, player stats, bios, scorecards and tee times.  The Mosaic or *Mix Channel (Channel 701) will include:

  • Live TV (Channel 702) – Simulcast of Golf Channel’s and NBC’s live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday.
  • Marquee Group (703) – 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 (704) – 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.”
  • First Tee & Golf Central (705) – 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.

* For full Mix Channel and interactive functionality, HD equipment model H/HR 21 or later is required.

NBC SPORTS’ SIGNATURE STORYTELLING:

Throughout the week, special high-quality features on golf’s original major will air within Golf Central Live From The Open news programming, as well as Golf Channel and NBC’s live tournament coverage, including:

  • Justin Rose: Full Circle: Justin Rose burst onto the golf scene at the 1998 Open at Royal Birkdale as a 17-year old amateur with a hole-out from the rough that punctuated his debut. Golf Channel visits with Rose at his home in the Bahamas, where he opens up about his slow start after turning pro and his breakthrough win at the 2013 U.S. Open after his father passed away.
  • NBC Sports’ David Feherty’s Unique Takes on The Open and Scotland:Feherty recently visited Scotland for a slate of features to be used across news and tournament productions. Feherty’s trademark take will extend to Scottish hallmarks like gorse and haggis, one of Troon’s local pubs and Arran, the largest island within the Firth of Clyde.
  • Royal Troon’s Tee-to-Greens with Frank Nobilo – Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo scouts the holes of Royal Troon Golf Club in advance of The Open to give viewers an inside look at the signature holes and the shots players will need in order to win The Open.
  • The Birthplace of The Open: Prestwick Golf Club – Rich Lerner gives viewers an overview of the rich history of Prestwick Golf Club, located a mere few miles south of Troon, and home to the first Open in 1860.
  • Tom Weiskopf Reflects on Career and ’73 Open Win: Rich Lerner visits the home of 1973 Open Champion Tom Weiskopf in Bozemon, Mont., where he discusses the lofty expectations in his golf career that he feels he did not live up to, his major championship win at Royal Troon in 1973 immediately following the death of his father; and his biggest triumph: celebrating 16 years of sobriety.

COVERAGE TEAMS FOR THE 145TH OPEN:

TOURNAMENT BROADCAST TEAM: Dan Hicks andJohnny Miller (1976 Open Champion), Terry Gannon and Sir Nick Faldo (1987, 1990, 1992 Open Champion) and Steve Sands and Frank Nobilo (T-10 at the 1997 Open at Royal Troon) will rotate in the 18th Tower for Golf Channel and NBC’s live tournament coverage of The Open. Making his NBC Sports debut, Mike Tirico will serve as host of The Open and assist with some play-by-play of tournament coverage. The broadcast team for all four rounds also will include David Feherty, Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch, Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Tom Abbott, Notah Begay, Billy Ray Brown, Curt Byrum, Jerry Foltz, Jimmy Roberts and Todd Lewis.

GOLF CENTRAL LIVE FROM THE OPEN: Rich Lerner and Ryan Burr will anchor Golf Central Live From The Open coverage from onsite at Royal Troon and will be joined by analysts David Duval (2001 Open Champion) – who also will be competing in The 145TH Open – as well as Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, Notah Begay, Mark Rolfing, Sir Nick Faldo, Paul McGinley, Colin Montgomerie and Billy Kratzert. They will be joined by a team of reporters and contributors, including Steve Burkowski, Todd Lewis, Rex Hoggard, Tim Rosaforte and Ken Schofield.

SPECIAL “MIDNIGHT” DRIVE AT THE OPEN: Morning Drive will set the scene Monday-Wednesday with live interviews from Royal Troon. Co-hosts Damon Hack and Cara Robinson will report from on-site, joining co-hosts Gary Williams, Charlie Rymer, Chris DiMarco, John Cook and Lauren Thompson in Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

A first-ever “late night” special edition of “Midnight” Drivewill lead into live opening round coverage on Wednesday night, starting at 11:30 p.m. ET. Co-hosts Hack and Robinson will be joined by special guest Ken Schofield from Royal Troon, along with co-hosts Williams, Rymer, Cook and Thompson from Orlando.

DIGITAL EDITORIAL CONTENT: Golf Channel Digital will feature expanded editorial content for The Open with up-to-the-minute blogs and fan interaction, highlighted by:

  • News & Features: Golf Channel Digital’s Mercer Baggs, Jay Coffin, Rex Hoggard, and Ryan Lavner will report from Royal Troon throughout the week with blogs, columns and features.
  • Exclusive Video Content: Daily video updates throughout the week will originate from the network’s digital studio in Orlando, as well as segments from Golf Central Live From The Open and Morning Drive news coverage. George Savaricas, Lisa Cornwell, Tripp Isenhour and Robert Damron will deliver these exclusive video updates and analysis throughout the week.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S LIVE PROGRAMMING FROM THE 145TH OPEN (all E.T.)

Monday, July 11                     Golf Central Live From The Open                  7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12                     Morning Drive                                              6-8 a.m.

                                              Golf Central Live From The Open                  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                              Golf Central Live From The Open                  7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13                Morning Drive                                               6-8 a.m.

                                              Golf Central Live From The Open                  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                              Golf Central Live From The Open                  7-9 p.m.

                                               "Midnight” Drive Special                               11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 14                    The 145TH Open – Round 1                           1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

                                               Golf Central Live From The Open                  4-5 p.m.

Friday, July 15                         The 145TH Open – Round 2                           1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

                                               Golf Central Live From The Open                  4-5 p.m.

Saturday, July 16                     The 145TH Open – Round 3                           4-7 a.m.

                                               The 145TH Open – Round 3 – NBC                 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

                                               The Open Recap Special – NBC                     4-6 p.m.

                                               Golf Central Live From The Open                  2:30-3 p.m.

                                               Golf Central Live From The Open                  8-9 p.m.

Sunday, July 17                        The 145TH Open – Final Round                     4-7 a.m.

                                                The 145TH Open – Final Round – NBC           7 a.m.-2 p.m.

                                                The Open Recap Special – NBC                     4-6 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  2-3 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  6-7 p.m.

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.