NBC Sports Group Plans Exclusive Coverage of Hero World Challenge, PNC Father/Son Challenge in December

By Golf Channel Public RelationsNovember 20, 2014, 9:40 pm

Golf Channel and NBC are teaming up in December to deliver comprehensive news and tournament coverage of the game best players – past, present and future – at the Hero World Challenge (Dec. 4-7) and the PNC Father/Son Challenge (Dec. 12-14), both taking place in Orlando, Fla.

HERO WORLD CHALLENGE TO FEATURE TIGER WOODS’ RETURN: The Hero World Challenge will feature the scheduled return to tournament competition of former World No. 1 Tiger Woods after a layoff while recovering from back surgery earlier this year.  Taking place at Isleworth Golf and Country Club, the tournament will feature 18 of the PGA TOUR’s top players competing in a 72-hole, stroke play event for a $1 million prize.  Golf Channel will air live coverage Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5, followed by weekend coverage on both Golf Channel and NBC, Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7.

HERO WORLD CHALLENGE BROADCAST TEAMS: Terry Gannon and Frank Nobilo will call the action for Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5 as well as its weekend “lead-in” coverage Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7.  Dan Hicks and Roger Maltbie will anchor NBC’s weekend coverage, with Gary Koch, Notah Begay, Billy Kratzert and Steve Sands reporting for both Golf Channel and NBC’s coverage.

JACK NICKLAUS HEADLINES HALL-OF-FAME FIELD AT PNC FATHER/SON CHALLENGE: Hall-of-Famer Jack Nicklaus and his son, Jack II, headline a 20-team field comprised of World Golf Hall-of-Fame members, golf legends and their children at the PNC Father/Son Challenge, taking place Thursday, Dec. 11 – Sunday, Dec. 14 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.  Golf Channel on NBC analyst and Hall-of-Famer Johnny Miller also will compete in the PNC Father/Son Challenge for the first time in eight years, playing alongside his son, Andy.  The 2014 field boasts 452 victories across the PGA and European Tours, including 59 major championships and 14 World Golf Hall of Fame members.  To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or THE PLAYERS in their career. The professional’s partner must not currently hold a Tour card, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen daughters and grandsons participate over the years.  Golf Channel and NBC will carry two days of coverage, Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14.  Golf Channel also will air a special Pro-Am Show on Friday, Dec. 12, taking viewers inside the ropes with the players in the field as they prepare for competition and share instruction tips and insight with viewers.

PNC FATHER/SON CHALLENGE BROADCAST TEAM:  Steve Sands and Gary Koch will anchor Golf Channel and NBC’s weekend coverage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge.  Peter Jacobsen will report from an on-course tower, with Notah Begay and Roger Maltbie reporting from the course.  Jimmy Roberts will deliver his signature essays and conduct post-round interviews.

GOLF CENTRAL AND MORNING DRIVE ON-SITE AT HERO WORLD CHALLENGE AND PNC FATHER/SON CHALLENGE: Golf Central will provide wraparound news coverage of both the Hero World Challenge and the PNC Father/Son Challenge.  Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily news and lifestyle show, also will conduct live interviews throughout the week at both the Hero World Challenge and the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

LIVE THURSDAY AND FRIDAY COVERAGE OF THE FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT: Golf Channel will televise live coverage of the first two days of the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12 from 1-4 p.m. ET.  The 24-player field (12 two-man teams) features eight of the top-30 players in the world, including reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel and six 2014 Ryder Cup participants.  Last year’s champions, Harris English and Matt Kuchar, will defend their title as the teams compete for a piece of the $3.1 million purse.  The format of the tournament will be a Scramble (Thursday), Modified Alternate Shot (Friday) and Better Ball (Saturday).

FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT BROADCAST TEAM: RichLerner and Frank Nobilo anchor Golf Channel’s Thursday and Friday coverage of the Franklin Templeton Shootout, joined by tower announcers Curt Byrum and Tom Abbott.  Phil Parkin and Scott McCarron will report from the course.

Golf Channel / NBC Programming Schedule (all times Eastern):

 

Thursday, Dec. 4

2-5 p.m.                                     

Golf Channel

Friday, Dec.   5          

2-5 p.m.                                   

Golf Channel

Saturday, Dec. 6          

Noon-2:30 p.m.

Golf Channel

Saturday, Dec. 6        

2:30-5 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Dec.   7          

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Golf Channel

Sunday, Dec.   7         

1:30-5 p.m.

NBC

 

 

 

PNC Father/Son Challenge

 

 

Friday, Dec.   12          

4-5 p.m. (Pro-Am Show)

Golf Channel

Saturday, Dec. 13     

2-3 p.m.

Golf Channel

Saturday, Dec. 13    

3-6 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Dec. 14       

2-3 p.m.

Golf Channel

Sunday, Dec. 14        

3-6 p.m.

NBC

 

 

 

Franklin Templeton Shootout

 

 

Thursday, Dec. 11

1-4   p.m.                               

Golf Channel

Friday, Dec.   12                                        

1-4 p.m.                               

Golf Channel

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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.