NBC Sports Group Set for Back-to-Back Weeks at the Home of Golf with the Scottish Open, 144th Open Championship

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 7, 2015, 4:10 pm

Golf Channel, Golf Channel on NBC to Air More Than 25 Hours of Live Coverage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open July 9-12


Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews Contributing to More Than 30 Hours of News and Analysis Surrounding the 144th Open Championship July 13-19


Live Coverage of the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to Air within Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews on Monday, July 13, 1 P.M. ET


Golf Central Live From St. Andrews Features Include: Tom Watson’s Farewell; the Familiarity of St. Andrews’ Old Course; Recalling Nick Faldo’s 1990 Open Championship Victory; the Rise of Jordan Spieth as a Major Champion


Golf Channel Digital to Provide Daily Reports, Features, and Video from

On-Air Personalities and Golf Channel Writers On-Site at St. Andrews

NBC Sports Group is gearing up its production plans to showcase two of the game’s most storied events from the home of golf with the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and the 144th Open Championship. Golf Channel will feature live coverage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Thursday and Friday, July 9-10 as well as early-round coverage on Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12 leading into the conclusion of third and final round play on NBC.

The following week, Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews will originate from the Old Course at St. Andrews to offer comprehensive news and analysis contributing to the network’s more than 30 total hours of news programming surrounding Open Championship week.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Golf Channel and NBC will air more than 25 combined hours of live coverage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open from Gullane Golf Club, Thursday-Sunday, July 9-12. The elite field will include 15 of the top-50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, including Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Jimmy Walker as they make they make their final preparations for the Open Championship the following week. Rich Lerner will handle play-by-play duties and will be joined in the 18th tower by Brandel Chamblee (lead analyst). Curt Byrum and Tom Abbott will serve as hole announcers in outer tower positions and Jay Townsend will walk inside the ropes as an on-course reporter.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Tournament Airtimes (all times ET):

Thursday, July 9          5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)      Golf Channel

Friday, July 10            5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)      Golf Channel

Saturday, July 11        9:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)            Golf Channel

                                    Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live)            NBC

Sunday, July 12          9:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)            Golf Channel

                                    Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live)            NBC

Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews

Golf Channel’s Open Championship week programming will be led by Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews, which will air on-site from the Old Course, as well as from Studio A at Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando, Fla. Anchoring the network’s coverage from St. Andrews will be Rich Lerner, Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, Tim Rosaforte, Todd Lewis and Ken Schofield.

World Golf Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony – Monday, July 13 at 1 p.m. ET

Open Championship week on Golf Channel will kick off with the live 90-minute telecast of the World Golf Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony on Monday, July 13, which will air within Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews beginning at 1 p.m. ET from the University of St. Andrews, just blocks from the Old Course. The ceremony – which will be televised live to an international audience for the first time – features a class of four inductees including: Laura Davies, four-time major champion and winner of more than 70 career worldwide victories; two-time major champions David Graham and Mark O’Meara; and the late A.W. Tillinghast, prolific golf architect, who designed more than 100 courses in the United States over the course of his career. Di Dougherty will emcee the ceremony.

This is the first time that the induction ceremony will be held outside of the United States, and will mark the first class to be elected by the 16-member Hall of Fame Selection Commission (co-chaired by World Golf Hall-of-Famers Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam) using the required 75% voting threshold approval. The expanded biennial schedule will have the ceremony returning to the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum in St. Augustine, Fla., in 2017 during THE PLAYERS Championship, and in 2019 will be staged in Pebble Beach, Calif., during U.S. Open week.

Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews Scheduled Features (previews available upon request):

  • Watson’s Farewell – 40 years after winning his first of five Open Championship titles, Tom Watson will compete in this year’s event for the final time. Rich Lerner takes a retrospect look back on Watson’s knack for winning on golf’s most storied links courses, which ultimately account for more than half of his career major championship victories.
  • The Familiarity of the Old Course – The game’s biggest stars recall their first impressions of the Old Course at St. Andrews, and share why their  fondness for golf’s oldest venue continues to grow each time they return.
  • Faldo’s Victory in the 1990 Open Championship – Six-time major winner Nick Faldo recounts his 1990 Open Championship title on the 25-year anniversary of the memorable showdown with Greg Norman on the Old Course.
  • Spieth’s Ascension to Major Champion – Having carried the spotlight with him long before he sparked the rhetoric of a potential 2015 Grand Slam, the maturation of Jordan Spieth is examined from junior golf prodigy to two-time major champion.

Digital Coverage

Golf Channel Digital will provide extensive coverage from its team of staffers on-site at St. Andrews: Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner, Jay Coffin, Joe Posnanski and Bailey Mosier. Content will include daily news reports, feature stories and exclusive video, as well as “Open Tracker”, a daily live blog keeping readers up-to-date on all the developing storylines. Online video will include highlights and analysis from Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews, recaps and reports. 

Golf’s Greatest Rounds – 1995 Open Championship

Golf Channel’s next installment of its Golf’s Greatest Rounds series centers around John Daly’s second major championship title in the 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews’ Old Course, premiering at 9 p.m. ET tonight. Daly was matched in a four-hole aggregate playoff against Costantino Rocca (who birdied the 72nd hole to tie Daly at 6-under par). Daly took a two-shot lead to the famous Road Hole (No. 17) where Rocca needed three shots to get out of the bunker, making triple bogey and ultimately handing Daly the title.

The Golf Fix

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air on Monday, July 13 at 6 p.m. ET and preview the Open Championship at St. Andrews. The episode will provide a blueprint for how to pull off some of the most revered shots in St. Andrews history, and discuss what it will take for Jordan Spieth to keep his 2015 Grand Slam hopes intact.

Open Championship International Programming

Golf Channel will produce live international Open Championship news programming from its Orlando World Headquarters in both Japanese and Mandarin. The shows will feature live reports and custom content from St. Andrews throughout the week. These productions will complement the international distribution of Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews, which is distributed to markets within Golf Channel’s worldwide footprint in more than 80 countries, 200 million households and 11 languages.

Open Championship Week Programming Air Times (all times ET):

Monday, July 13

Morning Drive                        7-9 a.m.

Live From St. Andrews          Noon-3 p.m.

The Golf Fix                           6-7 p.m.

Live From St. Andrews          7-8 p.m.                      

Tuesday, July 14

Morning Drive                        6-8 a.m.

Live From St. Andrews          8 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                                7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15

Morning Drive                        6-8 a.m.

Live From St. Andrews          8 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                                7-9 p.m.

Thursday, July 16

Live From St. Andrews          7-9 p.m.

Friday, July 17

Live From St. Andrews          7-9 p.m.

Saturday, July 18

Live From St. Andrews          7-9 p.m.

Sunday, July 19

Live From St. Andrews          1:30-2 p.m.

                                                7-9 p.m.


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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship

It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.