NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Feb. 25-28)

By February 23, 2016, 10:20 pm

PGA TOUR Kicks off Florida Swing at The Honda Classic, with NBC Sports Group

Televising More Than 20 Hours of Live Tournament Coverage


Eight of Top-10 in the World to Compete in Honda LPGA Thailand


European Tour in Australia for ISPS Handa Perth International

The PGA TOUR moves from West Coast to East Coast this week to kick off the “Florida Swing” at The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. This week also marks the first of six consecutive tournament weeks airing exclusively on Golf Channel and NBC. Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler headline the field (World No. 3 & 5 respectively) and will be featured (along with Phil Mickelson) during a Golf Central player news conference show on Wednesday at Noon ET. Eight of the top-10 players in the world will tee it up in the Honda LPGA Thailand this week, which include Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson. And the European Tour is in Australia for the ISPS Handa Perth International, as Thorbjorn Olesen defends his 2014 title, when the event was last contested.




The Honda Classic

Dates: Feb. 25-28

Venue: PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-11 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              2-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-11 p.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-3 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Sunday            1-3 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)


Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live)


Broadcast Notes:

Golf Channel, NBC to kick off six-week stretch of exclusive live PGA TOUR coverage this week: Golf Channel and NBC Sports will dedicate nearly 20 live hours of tournament coverage from The Honda Classic, which will commence six consecutive weeks of PGA TOUR action on Golf Channel and NBC, including: The Honda Classic (Feb. 25-28); WGC-Cadillac Championship (March 3-6); Valspar Championship (March 10-13); Arnold Palmer Invitational (March 17-20); WGC-Dell Match Play (March 23-27); Puerto Rico Open (March 24-27) and the Shell Houston Open (March 31-April 3).

Golf Central player news conference, Wednesday at Noon ET: On Wednesday at Noon ET, Golf Central will present a special player news conference from PGA National, featuring Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson.                                                                                             

The Honda Classic Pro-Am airing at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday: Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will televise The Honda Classic Pro-Am, as players make their final preparations for Thursday’s opening round.  

David Feherty making Florida Swing debut: David Feherty joined the NBC broadcast team exclusively in 2016 and will be a course reporter for Golf Channel and NBC’s weekend coverage of The Honda Classic. This week begins a stretch of five consecutive weeks on Golf Channel and NBC for Feherty, rotating as a tower analyst and course reporter for each of the Florida Swing events in addition to the WGC-Dell Match Play (March 23-27) in Austin, Texas.

Morning Drive on-site from PGA National: Golf Channel’s daily news program, Morning Drive (beginning at 9 a.m. ET Thursday-Sunday), will feature on-site reports from PGA National. Cara Robinson and John Cook will provide live updates on location and conduct interviews with players and other guests throughout the week.

Harrington defends: Padraig Harrington defeated Daniel Berger with a par on the second playoff hole during a rain-delayed Monday finish for his sixth career PGA TOUR win, and first since the 2008 PGA Championship.

Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, Branden Grace, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Justin Thomas.


Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)

Analyst: Gary Koch (Golf Channel) / Johnny Miller (NBC)

Tower: Peter Jacobsen / Gary Koch (NBC) / Steve Sands (Golf Channel)

On-Course: Roger Maltbie / David Feherty / Notah Begay

Interviews: Steve Burkowski (Golf Channel) / Steve Sands (NBC)




Honda LPGA Thailand

Dates: Feb. 25-28

Venue: Siam Country Club Pattaya (Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         1-5 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              1-5 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-5 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Replay)

Sunday            1-5 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Replay)


Broadcast Notes:

Strong field features eight of top-10 in the world: The field at the Honda LPGA Thailand is made up of eight of the top-10 players in the world, including Stacy Lewis (No. 3) and Lexi Thompson (No. 4).

Yang defends: Amy Yang won by two shots over Stacy Lewis, Yani Tseng and Mirim Lee for her second LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Charley Hull, Sei Young Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Hyo Joo Kim, Ha Na Jang, In Gee Chun, Michelle Wie and Amy Yang.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Tom Abbott

Play by Play: Peter Donegan

Analyst: Sandy Mackenzie                 

On-Course: Kate Burton




ISPS Handa Perth International

Dates: Feb. 25-28

Venue: Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-9 a.m. (Tape delay)

Friday              5-9 a.m. (Tape delay)

Saturday          5-9 a.m. (Tape delay)

Sunday            5-9 a.m. (Tape delay)


Broadcast Notes:

Olesen defends: Thorbjorn Olesen defeated Victor Dubuisson by three shots to earn his second career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Louis Oosthuizen, Victor Dubuisson, Peter Uihlein, Thorbjorn Olesen, Matteo Manassero, Peter Senior, Stephen Gallacher, David Lipsky and Mikko Ilonen.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Brendon Julian

Analyst: Warren Humphreys / Ossie Moore

On-Course: Paul Gow

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.

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Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

 There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.

It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

“The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.

Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

“You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.

Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.

Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.

After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.

Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

“We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.