NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Jan. 7-10)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 5, 2016, 9:55 pm

Spieth, Day, Fowler Help PGA TOUR Ring in 2016 in Hawaii with Hyundai Tournament of Champions Airing in Primetime on Golf Channel, NBC


European Tour Begins 2016 with BMW South African Open in Johannesburg


The PGA TOUR makes its 2016 debut in primetime from Maui, Hawaii with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The field of 32 winners from the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season feature four of the top-six in the world in Jordan Spieth (No. 1); Jason Day (No. 2); Bubba Watson (No. 4); and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Making his return to TV this week is longtime Golf Channel and NBC voice Mark Rolfing, after being diagnosed with a rare form of salivary gland cancer in August. A resident of Maui, Rolfing will serve as a tower analyst for live tournament action on Golf Channel and NBC this week. Golf Channel’s evening news program, Golf Central, will originate on-site from Kapalua Resort, with Ryan Burr (host), Notah Begay (analyst), Rolfing (analyst) and Steve Burkowski (reporter) offering the latest news and insight throughout the week. Meanwhile, the European Tour will stage its opening event of 2016 in Johannesburg, with the BMW South African Open. World Golf Hall of Famer and five-time South African Open champion Ernie Els will serve as tournament host and ambassador.



Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Dates: Jan. 7-10

Venue: Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course), Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6-10 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)    

Friday              6-10 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          6-8 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            6-10 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)


Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          4-6 p.m. (Live)


Broadcast Notes:

Golf’s top newsmakers and champions from 2015 to make 2016 debut in primetime: The game’s most influential personalities from 2015 will make their first start of the calendar year this week, including four of the top-six players in the world: Jordan Spieth (No. 1); Jason Day (No. 2); Bubba Watson (No. 4); and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Golf Channel will feature each of the 32 players in the field, live and in primetime, Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 7-10 beginning at 6 p.m. ET, and on Saturday, NBC will provide third round lead-in coverage from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Spieth live news conference airing today at 5:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel: Today at 5:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will air a special live news conference featuring World No. 1 Jordan Spieth, answering questions from media from the Kapalua Resort media center ahead of his first start in 2016.

Rolfing returns to TV: Longtime Golf Channel and NBC Sports personality Mark Rolfing will make his return to the broadcast team this week. In August, Rolfing was diagnosed with a rare form of salivary gland cancer and took a leave of absence following the PGA Championship for surgery and treatment. Rolfing, who lives in Maui, will work as a tower analyst during the network’s live tournament coverage this week.

Golf Central on-site from Kapalua: Golf Channel’s evening news program, Golf Central will complement tournament action with live wraparound news coverage airing from on-site from a dedicated set at Kapalua Resort. Ryan Burr will host, and Notah Begay and Rolfing will serve as analysts. Steve Burkowski also will provide reports and player interviews.

Reed defends: Patrick Reed defeated Jimmy Walker with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his fourth career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Justin Thomas and Jimmy Walker.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner

Analyst: Peter Jacobsen

Tower: Frank Nobilo / Mark Rolfing

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Curt Byrum

Interviews: Steve Burkowski



BMW South African Open

Dates: Jan. 7-10

Venue: Glendower Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3-5 a.m. / 7-10 a.m. (Live) / Noon-5 p.m. (Replay)               

Friday              7-10 a.m. (Live)

Saturday          5:30-9:30 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            5-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 3-5 p.m. (Replay)


Broadcast Notes:

Els hosts: World Golf Hall of Famer and five-time South African Open champion Ernie Els serves as tournament host and ambassador in his native country for the second consecutive year. His charities, Els for Autism and the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation, are the designated charitable beneficiaries for the event.

Sullivan defends: Andy Sullivan defeated Charl Schwartzel with a birdie on the first playoff hole to earn his first European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, George Coetzee, Andy Sullivan, Paul Dunne, Gary Stal, David Howell, Marcel Siem and Richard Sterne.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Scott Walker

Play by Play: Dominik Holyer

Analyst: Denis Hutchinson / Jay Townsend

On-Course: Paul Eales

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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.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.