NBC Sports Group Shines Spotlight on Golf's Best in December

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 1, 2015, 9:15 pm

 Watson, Westwood, Garcia, Clarke, Kaymer and Bjorn Headline Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship Field, the Second Open Qualifying Series Event for 2016, Dec. 9-12 in Primetime 

World No. 1 and Defending Champion Jordan Spieth Headlines Elite 18-Player Field at Hero World Challenge, Dec. 3-6

Jack Nicklaus Leads Legendary Field at PNC Father/Son Challenge, Dec. 12-13 

Day / Tringale to Defend Title at Franklin Templeton Shootout, Dec. 11-13

NBC Sports Group this month is gearing up to showcase the game’s best players – past and present – led by exclusive coverage of the Hero World Challenge (Dec. 3-6) in the Bahamas and the PNC Father/Son Challenge (Dec. 11-13), in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel also will showcase the Thailand Golf Championship live and in primetime (Dec. 9-12), the second of 14 events in The Open Qualifying Series for 2016 and the penultimate event on the 2015 Asian Tour season; as well as the first two days of the Franklin Templeton Shootout (Dec. 11-12) in Naples, Fla.

WORLD NO. 1 JORDAN SPIETH HEADLINES HERO WORLD CHALLENGE FIELD, FEATURING SIX OF THE WORLD’S TOP-10: Headlined by World No. 1 and defending champion Jordan Spieth and 2015 Open Champion Zach Johnson, the Hero World Challenge will feature 18 of the PGA TOUR’s top players competing in a 72-hole, stroke play event for a $1 million first-place prize, taking place at Albany Resort in The Bahamas. Tiger Woods, the tournament host, will be in attendance and is scheduled to join the broadcast booth during the week. Golf Channel will air live coverage Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4, followed by weekend coverage on Golf Channel and NBC, Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6.

HERO WORLD CHALLENGE BROADCAST TEAM: Terry Gannon and Frank Nobilo will call the action for Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3-4, with Steve Sands and Nobilo calling “lead-in” coverage Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6. Gannon and Roger Maltbie will anchor NBC’s weekend coverage, with Notah Begay and Jerry Foltz reporting from the course for both Golf Channel and NBC. PGA TOUR player and major champion Justin Leonard will join Gary Koch as tower reporters for both Golf Channel and NBC coverage.

ASIAN TOUR’S THAILAND GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP MARKS SECOND EVENT IN 2016 OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES: The Thailand Golf Championship, the penultimate event on the 2015 Asian Tour schedule, boasts a strong international field featuring 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke, two-time winner of the event Lee Westwood, 2013 champion Sergio Garcia, 2014 runner-up and two-time major champion Martin Kaymer and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson. Airing in primetime on Golf Channel Dec. 9-12, the Thailand Golf Championship is the second of 14 events being staged in nine countries that comprise The Open Qualifying Series for 2016. The top-3 players finishing in the top-10 not already qualified will receive exemptions into The Open at Royal Troon in July, airing for the first time on Golf Channel and NBC.

JACK NICKLAUS HEADLINES HALL-OF-FAME FIELD AT PNC FATHER/SON CHALLENGE: World Golf Hall-of-Famer Jack Nicklaus and his son, Gary, 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 Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 12-13 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The 2015 field collectively has amassed 350 victories and 64 major championships. 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. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13. Golf Channel also will air a special Pro-Am show on Friday, Dec. 11, 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 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.

MORNING DRIVE ON-SITE AT PNC FATHER/SON CHALLENGE: Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily news and lifestyle show, will conduct live interviews on-site at the PNC Father/Son Challenge. Golf Central also will provide wraparound news coverage of 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 seven of the top-30 players in the world, including two reigning major champions and eight players having won during the 2014-15 season. Last year’s champions, Jason Day and Cameron Tringale, 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 coverage, and will be joined by tower announcer Tom Abbott. Curt Byrum and Jerry Foltz will report from the course.

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

 Hero World Challenge



Thursday, Dec. 3

Noon-4 p.m.                                     

Golf Channel

Friday, Dec. 4          

Noon-4 p.m.                                     

Golf Channel

Saturday, Dec. 5        

Noon-2:30 p.m.

Golf Channel

Saturday, Dec. 5        

2:30-5 p.m.


Sunday, Dec. 6          

Noon-2 p.m.

Golf Channel

Sunday, Dec. 6         

2-5 p.m.





Thailand Golf Championship



Wed., Dec. 9                                       

9 p.m.-Midnight / 2-5 a.m.        


Golf Channel

Thurs., Dec. 10                                      

 9 p.m.-Midnight / 2-5 a.m.      

 Golf Channel

Friday, Dec. 11                                       

11 p.m.-3 a.m.                        

Golf Channel

Sat., Dec. 12                                       

11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Golf Channel




PNC Father/Son Challenge



Friday, Dec. 11          

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

Golf Channel

Saturday, Dec. 12     

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Golf Channel

Saturday, Dec. 12    

4-6 p.m.


Sunday, Dec. 13       

2-3 p.m.

Golf Channel

Sunday, Dec. 13        

3-6 p.m.





Franklin Templeton Shootout



Thursday, Dec. 10

1-4 p.m.                               

Golf Channel

Friday, Dec. 11                                       

1-4 p.m.                               

Golf Channel




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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.