Golf Central Live From the PGA Championship Headlines More Than 60 Live Hours of News & Analysis, August 7-13 on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 3, 2017, 2:15 pm

GOLF CENTRAL LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP HEADLINES MORE THAN 60 LIVE HOURS OF NEWS  AND ANALYSIS, AUGUST 7-13 ON GOLF CHANNEL

PGA Championship Features Include: Story of Traden Karch; Marriage of  Harris & Quail Hollow; Walker Reflects on ’16 Win; Evolution of PGA Format 

Golf Channel Digital to Offer Live Blog Surrounding 99th PGA Championship

Golf Channel has announced its programming plans for the 99th PGA Championship – taking place August 7-13 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. – led by Golf Central Live From the PGA Championship contributing to more than 60 total hours of live news programming throughout the week.

Golf Central Live From the PGA Championship will originate from a dedicated set in front of Quail Hollow’s clubhouse. Golf Channel’s on-site news presence will feature multiple strategic camera locations, including adjacent to the driving range, short game area and putting green to give viewers an inside-the-ropes perspective as players in the field prepare for competition. Coverage will employ the use of more than a dozen cameras, including a fly cam that will span the short game and driving range teeing areas, along with the putting green. Viewers will have an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the golf course and the recent changes it has undergone through dedicated “Tee to Green” segments with Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo. Fans tuning in on Wednesday, August 9 also will be able to follow the action of the annual PGA Championship long drive competition, which will be contested on the downhill, par-5 10th hole.

Rich Lerner, Kelly Tilghman and Ryan Burr will rotate hosting duties on Golf Central Live From the PGA Championship, while Notah Begay, Michael Breed, Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Jim Gallagher Jr., Frank Nobilo, Arron Oberholser and Mark Rolfing will serve as analysts. Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte and Ken Schofield, along with award-winning author John Feinstein will offer insight on those in the field, while Todd Lewis and Steve Burkowski will provide reports from inside the ropes and conduct interviews with players.

Golf Central Live From the PGA Championship Scheduled Features:

The Story of Traden Karch – Voiced by two-time PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy, the feature shines a spotlight on Traden Karch, a junior golfer who suffered a tragic injury in a car accident. Despite a shattered skull that contributed to a grim outlook among his doctors, Traden survived. Up against hurdles of severe memory loss and needing to be re-taught how to do just about everything, it was golf that helped save Traden. Remembering how to putt became one of the first positive signs that would lead to a list of others. Now back in school and continuing to progress in his recovery, Traden’s hero remains McIlroy, with whom he shares a special bond.

Marriage of Johnny Harris, Quail Hollow – Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella shares the story of Quail Hollow founder, Johnny Harris, and details his bold vision to revamp the property in an effort to host the PGA Championship.

Jimmy Walker Reflects a Year Later – The defending PGA champion and current keeper of the Wanamaker trophy reflects on how his home club in Texas, along with how his PGA professional helped mold him into a major champion.

Evolution of the PGA Championship Format – Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte recounts the often overlooked history of the PGA Championship dating back to its match play era prior to the advent of golf on television. The piece also examines how some unfortunate, unspectacular final matches essentially forced the event to transition to stroke play, and whether given the popularity of the Ryder Cup and other match play competitions, if it would ever return to its original format.

Family Business for Thomas – A third generation PGA professional, Justin Thomas sheds light on the influence of both his father and grandfather in helping to shape his own career.

Morning Drive

Morning Drive will kick off each day of PGA Championship week with the latest news and storylines surrounding the competition. The show will feature live reports from Quail Hollow with Gary Williams, Charlie Rymer and John Cook who will be joined by guests throughout the week.                

The Golf Fix

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air on Monday, August 7 at 6 p.m. ET, live from the driving range at Quail Hollow. The show will focus on the shots those in the field must execute to capture the year’s final major. Several players also will join Breed to share what they are working on early in the week in preparation, including recent Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open winner Rafa Cabrera-Bello, along with his swing coach, David Leadbetter. Young golfers from the PGA Junior League also will be on-hand during the course of the episode.                               

PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center

On Monday, August 7 at 11:30 p.m. ET, PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center will air a new episode dedicated to the PGA Championship. The show will include instruction and insight from seven past PGA Championship winners who have hoisted the Wanamaker trophy: Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Dave Stockton, Larry Nelson, Jeff Sluman and David Toms.

International PGA Championship Programming

Golf Channel also will produce live international PGA Championship news programming from its Orlando World Headquarters in both Japanese and Mandarin. The shows will feature live reports and custom content from Quail Hollow throughout the week. These productions will complement the international distribution of Golf Central’s Live From the PGA Championship, which is distributed to markets within Golf Channel’s worldwide footprint to nearly 500 million viewers in 78 countries and nine languages.

Digital and Social Coverage

Golf Channel Digital will feature expanded coverage from its team of writers on-site at Quail Hollow: Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner, Will Gray and Nick Menta. Content will be driven by a live blog for all things relating to the PGA Championship. Coverage also will include up-to-the-minute scoring updates, features, analysis and reaction to emerging storylines and photo galleries.

Golf Channel’s social media platforms will prep fans for the final men’s major championship of 2017 leading up to the first round of the competition on Thursday, August 10.

PGA Championship Week Programming Air Times (all times ET):

Monday,   August 7

 

7-9 a.m.

Morning   Drive

6-7 p.m.

The Golf   Fix

7-9 p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

11:30   p.m.-Midnight

PGA TOUR   Champions Learning Center

 

 

Tuesday,   August 8

 

7-9 a.m.

Morning   Drive

9 a.m.-6   p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

 

 

Wednesday,   August 9

 

7-9 a.m.

Morning   Drive

9 a.m.-6   p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

 

 

Thursday,   August 10

 

6-8 a.m.

Morning   Drive

8 a.m.-1   p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

 

 

Friday,   August 11

 

6-8 a.m.

Morning   Drive

8 a.m.-1   p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

 

 

Saturday,   August 12

 

6-8 a.m.

Morning   Drive

8-11 a.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

 

 

Sunday,   August 13

 

6-8 a.m.

Morning   Drive

8-11 a.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

Golf   Central Live From the PGA Championship

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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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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


Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative


Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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