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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The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”


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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.

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Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 12:35 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – 

Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley.

Landry shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

''Wind was down again,'' Landry said. ''It's like a dome out here.''

Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.

''It's tough to come back because I feel like I expected myself to go to the range and keep just flushing everything like I did yesterday,'' Rahm said. ''Everything was just a little bit off.''

Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus.


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Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West's Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.

''You need to hit it a lot more accurate off the tee because being in the fairway is a lot more important,'' Rahm said about the Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course, a layout the former Arizona State player likened to the Dye-designed Karsten course on the school's campus. ''With the small greens, you have water in play. You need to be more precise. Clearly the hardest golf course.''

Landry pointed to the Saturday forecast.

''I think the wind's supposed to be up like 10 to 20 mph or something, so I know that golf course can get a little mean,'' Landry said. ''Especially, those last three or four holes.''

The 30-year-old former Arkansas player had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine. After winning his second Web.com Tour title last year, he had two top-10 finishes in October and November at the start the PGA Tour season.

''We're in a good spot right now,'' Landry said. ''I played two good rounds of golf, bogey-free both times, and it's just nice to be able to hit a lot of good quality shots and get rewarded when you're making good putts.''

Rahm had four birdies and the two bogeys on his first six holes. He short-sided himself in the left bunker on the par-3 12th for his first bogey of the week and three-putted the par-4 14th – pulling a 3-footer and loudly asking ''What?'' – to drop another stroke.

''A couple of those bad swings cost me,'' Rahm said.

The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world, Rahm made his first par of the day on the par-4 16th and followed with five more before birdieing the par-5 fourth. The 23-year-old Spaniard also birdied the par-5 seventh and par-3 eighth.

''I had close birdie putts over the last four holes and made two of them, so I think that kind of clicked,'' said Rahm, set to defend his title next week at Torrey Pines.

He has played the par 5s in 9 under with an eagle and seven birdies.

Johnson has taken a relaxed approach to the week, cutting his practice to two nine-hole rounds on the Stadium Course.

''I'm not saying that's why I'm playing well, but I took it really chill and the golf courses haven't changed,'' Johnson said. ''La Quinta's still really pure, right out in front of you, as is the Nicklaus.''

Playing partner Phil Mickelson followed his opening 70 at La Quinta with a 68 at Nicklaus to get to 6 under. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer is playing his first tournament of since late October.

''The scores obviously aren't what I want, but it's pretty close and I feel good about my game,'' Mickelson said. ''I feel like this is a great place to start the year and build a foundation for my game. It's easy to identify the strengths and weaknesses. My iron play has been poor relative to the standards that I have. My driving has been above average.''

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on a sponsor exemption, had a 70 at Nicklaus to match Mickelson at 6 under. The Southern California recruit is playing his first PGA Tour event. He tied for 65th in the Australian Open in November in his first start in a professional tournament.