NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes and Notes (Sept. 8-11)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsSeptember 7, 2016, 11:15 pm

FedExCup Playoffs Continue in Indiana with BMW Championship 

Web.com Tour Finals Kick off This Week in Ohio with DAP Championship  

European Tour in the Netherlands with the KLM Open 

Three-Part Original Series ‘Arnie’ Airs Tonight from 8-11 p.m. ET in Celebration of Palmer’s Birthday


ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2016) – The PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs continue this week with the BMW Championship outside of Indianapolis at Crooked Stick Golf Club. The field includes 69 of the top-70 eligible players in the FedExCup standings competing in a no-cut event with the top-30 advancing to the TOUR Championship in Atlanta in two weeks. The current top-5 in the standings are: No. 1 Patrick Reed, No. 2 Jason Day, No. 3 Dustin Johnson, No. 4 Rory McIlroy and No. 5 Adam Scott. Due to Notre Dame’s scheduled 3:30 p.m. ET football game on Saturday afternoon, NBC will carry lead-in coverage from Noon-3:30 p.m., with third round coverage concluding on Golf Channel from 3:30-6 p.m. The Web.com Tour Finals kick off this week in Ohio with the DAP Championship. The top-75 players on the Web.com money list and Nos. 126-200 in the FedExCup final regular season standings following last month’s Wyndham Championship are eligible to compete in the four-tournament playoff series. At the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Championship (Oct. 6-9) a second set of 25 PGA TOUR cards for the 2016-17 season will be awarded to the top-25 players on the Finals money list. Thomas Pieters headlines the field at the KLM Open in the Netherlands. 

In celebration of Arnold Palmer’s upcoming 87th birthday on Saturday, Golf Channel will be airing its critically acclaimed three-part original series ‘Arnie’, chronicling Palmer’s life and career, airing tonight from 8-11 p.m. ET. 


BMW Championship       

Dates: Sept. 8-11

Venue: Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Ind. 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Friday              3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Saturday          3:30-6 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            Noon-2 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay) 

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday         Noon-3:30 p.m. (Live)

Sunday           2-6 p.m. (Live) 

Broadcast Notes:

Final opportunity to qualify for the TOUR Championship: 69 of the top-70 in the FedExCup standings are in the field this week, and at week’s end players in the top-30 in the standings will advance to the TOUR Championship in Atlanta in two weeks and earn a shot at winning the $10 million FedExCup prize. Henrik Stenson withdrew this week with a knee injury.

Morning Drive and Golf Central on-site at BMW Championship: Golf Channel’s news franchises Morning Drive and Golf Central will be on-site at Crooked Stick Golf Club, delivering comprehensive wraparound news coverage.

Day defends: Jason Day won by six strokes over Daniel Berger in wire-to-wire fashion at Conway Farms Golf Club in Ill., which elevated him to World No. 1 for the first time in his career.

Headlining the field: Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose                                                                                                  

Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)

Analyst: Frank Nobilo (Golf Channel) / Johnny Miller (NBC)

Tower: Gary Koch / Peter Jacobsen / Steve Sands / Jimmy Roberts     

On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Notah Begay / Mark Rolfing

Interviews: George Savaricas (Thursday-Friday) / Steve Sands and Todd Lewis (Saturday-Sunday)

Essays: Jimmy Roberts


DAP Championship

Dates: Sept. 8-11

Venue: Canterbury Golf Club, Beachwood, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 4-5:30 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          Noon-3:30 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            2-5 p.m. (Live) / 2-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Web.com Tour Finals kick off: The inaugural DAP Championship will be the first of four Web.com Tour Finals events, concluding with the Web.com Tour Championship (Oct. 6-9). At the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Championship, 25 PGA TOUR cards for the 2016-17 season will be awards to the top-25 players on the Finals money list.

Players eligible to compete: Eligible players for the Web.com Tour Finals are Nos. 1-75 on the Web.com Tour’s regular season money list, as well as Nos. 126-200 in the FedExCup standings following last month’s Wyndham Championship (less those with exemptions), plus non-members who earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to finish within the 126-200 range.

Headlining the field: Andrew “Beef” Johnston, Wesley Bryan, Richy Werenski, Bryson DeChambeau, Camilo Villegas, Rory Sabbatini, Chesson Hadley, Stuart Appleby and Brian Gay.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: John Swantek

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Steve Burkowski

On-Course: Phil Blackmar / Kay Cockerill


KLM Open

Dates: Sept. 8-11

Venue: The Dutch – Spijk, The Netherlands

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday              5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          7-11 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Pieters defends: Thomas Pieters won by one stroke to capture his second career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Thomas Pieters, Chris Wood, Byeong Hun An, Scott Hend, Thongchai Jaidee, Alex Noren

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Dominik Holyer

Analyst: Mark James                                                            

On-Course: Julian Tutt

-NBC Sports Group-

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x