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

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 30, 2016, 1:00 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-

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.

Nathaniel Crosby at the 1983 Bing Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. Getty Images

Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta 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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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."