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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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