New World Long Drive Event: "Clash in the Canyon" to Air Tuesday, June 6 on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 8, 2017, 5:30 pm

In Partnership with Golf Mesquite Nevada, Clash in the Canyon Will Be 1st of 3 World Long Drive Events on Golf Channel in 2017

The World Long Drive Association (WLDA) has announced a new event in partnership with Golf Mesquite Nevada – The Clash in the Canyon – being staged June 3-6 at the Mesquite Regional Sports and Event Complex in Mesquite, Nevada, and culminating on Tuesday, June 6 on Golf Channel. The event will be the first of three Long Drive events airing live and in primetime on Golf Channel in 2017, the first time ever that multiple Long Drive events will air live on television in the same year:

Clash in the Canyon (Tuesday, June 6) – 8 p.m. ET

Mile High Showdown (Tuesday, July 25) – 7 p.m. ET

World Long Drive Championship (Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 5-6) – 9 p.m. ET

A familiar setting in the Long Drive community, Mesquite previously hosted the World Long Drive Championship and a number of qualifying events dating back to 1997, including the World Championship being staged at the Mesquite Regional Sports and Event Complex from 2008-2012. This will mark the first time that a Long Drive event from Mesquite will air live on television, and also will be the first time ever that the Women’s Division will air live on TV.

“Mesquite is a location that for many years has maintained a deep connection to Long Drive, so it’s fitting that the creation of this new event in partnership with Golf Mesquite Nevada will return the sport to such a familiar place in its history,” said Phil Piazza, senior vice president, programming for Golf Channel. “The new event also will present the current group of emerging personalities in the sport with an opportunity to compete in the same market as the generation of Long Drivers having laid the foundation before them, and showcase their skills in a live setting from Mesquite for the first time ever.”

2017 WORLD LONG DRIVE ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE:

DATE

EVENT

LOCATION

March 24-27

Endless Summer Invitational

Huntington Beach, Calif.

April 21-23

East Coast Classic

West Columbia, S.C.

May 18-20

WinStar Midwest Slam

Thackerville, Okla.

June 3-6

Clash in the Canyon (*Golf Channel*)

Mesquite, Nev.

June 23-25

Bluff City Shootout

Memphis, Tenn.

July 6-8

Rockwell Blast

West Bountiful, Utah

July 22-25

Mile High Showdown (*Golf Channel*)

Denver, Colo.

Aug. 4-6

Catawba Classic

Hickory, N.C.

Aug. 31-Sept. 6

World Long Drive Championship (*Golf Channel*)

Thackerville, Okla.

 

The Clash in the Canyon will feature a 32-man field competing in the Open Division based on the Official World Long Drive rankings, along with a Women’s Division field of 16 competitors. The Open Division will compete for a $50,000 purse, with a first place prize of $20,000, while the Women’s Division will be vying for a $7,000 first place prize with a $15,000 overall purse. Qualifying rounds will narrow the field to eight men and four women advancing to take part in the televised portion of the competition on Golf Channel.

As part of the event, the WLDA also will stage local and regional qualifying for the Open Division on Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4 (registration now open), which will award four exemptions into the 2017 World Long Drive Championship (Aug. 31-Sept. 6) field later this year. Also taking place on Sunday, June 4, will be a Masters Division (ages 45+) competition featuring a $15,000 purse and $7,000 first place prize. The field of 16 Masters Division invitees will include several individuals who have greatly contributed to the success and sustainability of the sport over the past few decades.

The 2017 Open (Men’s) Division schedule consists of eight qualifying events, with four competitors from each event advancing to the World Championship, which will feature a 96-man field competing for a $270,000 purse. The Women’s Division at the World Championship will feature a field of 32 competitors vying for a purse of $40,000. The World Championship will return to WinStar World Casino & Resort (Thackerville, Okla.) for a third consecutive year, following a multi-year extension as the World Championship host site.

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Rory: Phil said RC task force just copied Europe

By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2018, 7:21 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy quizzed Phil Mickelson about what the Americans got out of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force’s overhaul.

McIlroy and Mickelson were paired together at Pebble Beach.

“Basically, all they are doing is copying what the Europeans have done,” McIlroy said.  “That's what he said.”

The Europeans claimed their sixth of seven Ryder Cups with their victory at Gleneagles in 2014. That brought about a sea change in the way the United States approached the Ryder Cup. Mickelson called out the tactics in Gleneagles of captain Tom Watson, who was outmaneuvered by European captain Paul McGinley.


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The Americans defeated Europe at Hazeltine two years ago with that new European model.

“He said the first thing they did in that task force was Phil played a video, a 12-minute video of Paul McGinley to all of them,” McIlroy said. “So, they are copying what we do, and it's working for them. It's more cohesive, and the team and the core of that team are more in control of what they are doing, instead of the PGA of America recruiting and someone telling them what to do.”

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 21, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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Woods happy to help Furyk at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:58 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods didn't hesitate when Jim Furyk asked him to become a vice captain at the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Woods said Wednesday that Furyk asked he and Steve Stricker “a while ago” whether they were interested in being assistants in Paris as the Americans try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Woods said of Furyk, “and whatever he wants, whatever he needs, I’m there to help him. We’re worked well the last couple of years in the cups together.”


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Though Woods has said that he wants to be a playing vice captain, he has been an assistant at each of the past two international team competitions.

Furyk, Woods and Stricker were all assistants at Hazeltine, where the U.S. won in a rout.

“Jim is very detailed, very smart, very analytical, and he’s just a fantastic leader,” Woods said. “For him to ask Stricks and I together, it will be special for both of us.”

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Woods to hit '4 or 5' drivers each day at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:25 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Those hoping Tiger Woods will wield the driver early and often this week at PGA National likely will be disappointed.

Depending on wind direction, he said he will only hit “four or five” drivers each round.

During Wednesday’s pro-am, Woods hit driver on six holes. He found two fairways with the big stick and found the right rough four times, though a few of those misses were only a few yards off the fairway.


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In two starts this year, Woods has struggled mightily with every club off the tee, but driver has been especially troublesome. He has found only 36 percent of the fairways so far (30 of 84).

The Champion Course here is a par 70, with water and bunkers often lining the fairways. Putting the ball in play off the tee will be at a premium, and so Woods opted for a low, penetrating 2-iron six times in the pro-am.

Woods said he did not make any equipment changes following the missed cut at Riviera.