NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes & Notes (March 31-April 3)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 30, 2016, 1:05 pm

LPGA Tour Ushers in First Major of 2016 with Elite Field at ANA Inspiration in Southern Calif., with Golf Channel’s Live Coverage Airing in Primetime 

 

Spieth, Fowler Headline the Field at the Shell Houston Open

in Final PGA TOUR Stop Prior to The Masters

 

PGA TOUR Champions Shifts Down South to Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

 

80 Boys & Girls (Age 7-15) Set to Compete in Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals from Augusta National Golf Club, Airing Live on Golf Channel, Sunday, April 3 at 8 a.m. ET

he LPGA Tour stages the first major of 2016 beginning Thursday, with the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Golf Channel will showcase the elite field live and in primetime, Thursday-Sunday, with Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis headlining the field. Meanwhile the PGA TOUR holds its final event prior to the Masters with the Shell Houston Open. Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler headline the field, and 33 of the 92 invitees at next week’s Masters are scheduled to be in the field this week. The PGA TOUR Champions is down south for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oaks Golf Club, with Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie set to compete. And, Golf Channel will kick off its more than 85 hours of Masters themed programming April 3-10 with live coverage of the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, on-site from Augusta National. Coverage begins with a special pre-game show at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, April 3, followed by live event coverage from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ET.

 

LPGA TOUR

 

ANA Inspiration

Dates: March 31-April 3                                                            

Venue: Mission Hills Country Club (Dinah Shore Tournament Course), Rancho Mirage, Calif.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         Noon-4 p.m. ; 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3:30 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              Noon-4 p.m. ; 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          5-9 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            5-9 p.m. (Live) / 1-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

First major of 2016: The ANA Inspiration marks the first major championship (men’s or women’s) of 2016. The tournament, which was first held in 1972 has been played as a major since 1983.

Golf Central Special News Conference, 1:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday: On Wednesday, Golf Channel will air a special news conference show from 1:30-3 p.m. ET. Within the show (beginning at 2 p.m. ET), the Ladies European Tour (LET) will name the 2017 European Solheim Cup captain. The remainder of the show will focus on pre-tournament player news conferences from the ANA Inspiration, featuring defending champion Brittany Lincicome, and Stacy Lewis.

Final opportunity to join list of countries taking part in this summer’s International Crown: Following the conclusion of the ANA Inspiration, the top eight countries will be determined for this summer’s International Crown competition. The field of eight countries represented in the event will be decided on Monday, April 4, based on the combined world ranking of the current top-four players from each country. However, the players competing in the competition will not be finalized until Monday, June 13.

Lincicome defends: Brittany Lincicome outlasted Stacy Lewis with a par on the third playoff hole for her second career major championship win.

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

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Judy Rankin / Annika Sorenstam (Thursday-Friday Noon-4 p.m. ET)

Tower: Tom Abbott                            

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples / Jim Gallagher Jr.

Interviews: Lisa Cornwell

 

PGA TOUR

 

Shell Houston Open

Dates: March 31-April 3

Venue: Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course), Humble, Texas

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         4-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30-12:30 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              4-7 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-3 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Sunday            1-3 p.m. (Live)

 

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Final event prior to the Masters next week: The Shell Houston Open is the final PGA TOUR event prior to the Masters. 92 players have received invitations to tee it up next week, and the only remaining way to join the field is with a win in Houston. 33 of the 92 Masters invitees are currently scheduled to compete this week.

Holmes defends: J.B. Holmes defeated Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner on the second playoff hole for his fourth career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Louis Oosthuizen, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, Charl Schwartzel and Jimmy Walker.

 

Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)

Analyst: Curt Byrum (Golf Channel) / Johnny Miller (NBC)

Tower: Gary Koch / Justin Leonard

On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Mark Rolfing

Interviews: Todd Lewis

 

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

 

Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

Dates: April 1-3                                                                          

Venue: Fallen Oaks Golf Club, Biloxi, Miss.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Frost defends: David Frost defeated Kevin Sutherland and Tom Lehman for his sixth career PGA TOUR Champions win.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jay Haas, Jeff Maggert, Lee Janzen, Rocco Mediate, Kenny Perry, Jeff Sluman and Kirk Triplett.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr   

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

 

Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals

Date: April 3                                                                              

Venue: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

 

Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

8-9 a.m.                       Pre-Game (Live From the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals)

9 a.m.-1 p.m.               2016 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals

 

Broadcast Notes:

2016 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals: For the third consecutive year, Golf Channel will televise live coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on-site from Augusta National Golf Club. Coverage will center around juniors from across the U.S. and Canada having advanced into the 80-person field (boys and girls, age 7-15) by way of local qualifying, subregional and regional qualifying events.

Pre-Game, 8-9 a.m. ET: Golf Channel’s live coverage will begin at 8 a.m. ET with a special Live From the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals pre-game show, originating from the network’s Golf Central Live From the Masters set on the grounds of Augusta National. The show will introduce viewers to the 40 boys and 40 girls in the field.

National Finals coverage, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ET: Beginning at 9 a.m. ET, coverage will shift to join the competition in progress with the individual Drive, Chip and Putt skills challenges across each age group. As competitors complete all three challenges, champions for each of the eight age groups will be awarded for each of the skill categories, along with the recognition of the overall champions from each age group.

NBC Sports’ Tafoya joining Golf Channel’s coverage: Michele Tafoya, Emmy award-winning sports personality and sideline reporter for NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football, will join Golf Channel’s coverage team, reporting from Augusta National and conducting interviews with competitors in the field.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner

Analyst: Peter Jacobsen

Reporter: Michele Tafoya / Charlie Rymer / Kay Cockerill / Michael Breed

Interviews: Steve Sands

-NBC Sports Group-

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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry