NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes & Notes (March 3-6)

By March 1, 2016, 11:15 pm

Spieth, Day, McIlroy and Fowler to Compete in Same Event for 1st Time Since ’15 TOUR Championship at WGC-Cadillac Championship near Miami, with NBC Sports Airing More Than 20 Hours of Live Tournament Coverage

 

Park to Defend as Each of the Top-10 in the World are Set to Tee it Up on the LPGA Tour at HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore

 

For the first time in nearly six months, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are all scheduled to compete in the same event this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship outside of Miami. NBC Sports Group will dedicate more than 20 hours of live tournament coverage on Golf Channel and NBC, focusing on the 66-man field which stands as one of the strongest all season with 47 of the top-50 ranked players in the world committed. The LPGA Tour this week boasts its own elite field, with the entire top-10 and 18 of the top-20 in the world set to compete in the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, where World No. 2 Inbee Park will look to defend her 2015 title.

 

PGA TOUR

 

WGC-Cadillac Championship

Dates: March 3-6

Venue: Trump National Doral (Blue Monster), Doral, Fla.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         1-6 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Friday              1-6 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

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

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

 

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            2-6 p.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Spieth, Day, McIlroy and Fowler headline elite field, competing in the same event for the first time since ’15 TOUR Championship: The first World Golf Championship (WGC) event of 2016 features one of the best fields of the season, with 47 of the top-50 in the world entered among the invitation-only list of 66 competitors. The event also marks the first time since the 2015 TOUR Championship nearly six months ago that Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are all expected to compete in the same event. 

Golf Central player news conference, Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET: Golf Channel will air a special player news conference on Wednesday beginning at 2 p.m. ET. The news conference will center around Tiger Woods’ appearance at Bluejack National in Texas (scheduled to appear at 2:15 p.m. ET), and will continue with player appearances from Trump National Doral, including Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.                                                                                                               

Morning Drive on-site from Doral: Golf Channel’s daily news program, Morning Drive (7-9 a.m. ET Thursday-Friday; 7:30-10:30 a.m. ET Saturday-Sunday), will feature on-site reports Thursday-Sunday from Trump National Doral. Gary Williams and Charlie Rymer will provide live updates on location and conduct interviews with players and other guests throughout the week.

Johnson defends: Dustin Johnson finished one stroke ahead of J.B. Holmes for his ninth career PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia and Hideki Matsuyama. 

 

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 / David Feherty

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

Interviews: Steve Sands

Essays: Jimmy Roberts

 

LPGA TOUR

 

HSBC Women’s Champions

Dates: March 3-6

Venue: Sentosa Golf Club (Serapong Course), Sentosa Island, Singapore

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Wednesday/Thursday             10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Live) / 3-7 a.m. (Thursday replay)      

Friday                                      Midnight-2:30 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m.-Noon (Friday replay)

Saturday                                  Midnight-2:30 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Saturday replay)

Sunday                                    Midnight-2:30 a.m. (Live) / 2-6 p.m. (Sunday replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Exceptional field: The 63-person field includes the entire top-10, and 18 of the top-20 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf rankings. The 72-hole event also has no cut.

Park defends: Inbee Park won by two strokes over Lydia Ko for her 13th career LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Brooke Henderson and Suzann Pettersen.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Karen Stupples

Play by Play: Peter Donegan

Analyst: Sandy Mackenzie                 

On-Course: Kate Burton

-NBC Sports Group-

 

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people


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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade


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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm