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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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.