PGA Championship Week on Golf Channel to Feature More Than 60 Live Hours of News & Analysis

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 6, 2015, 3:00 pm

 

PGA Championship Week Features Include: Dustin Johnson’s Whistling Straits Return; the Unique Partnership Between Herb Kohler and Pete Dye; Looking Back at Vijay Singh’s Remarkable 2004 Season

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 In preparation for the final men’s major championship of the year, Golf Channel is dedicating more than 60 live hours of news, analysis, highlights, interviews, instruction and debate surrounding the 2015 PGA Championship, taking place Aug. 10-16 at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wis.

GOLF CENTRAL LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Headlining Golf Channel’s live coverage will be Golf Central’s Live From the PGA Championship wraparound news programming, which will feature the latest developments from Whistling Straits throughout the week. Ryan Burr, Rich Lerner and Kelly Tilghman will anchor Golf Channel’s Live From the PGA Championshiptelecasts from Whistling Straits, and will be joined by analysts Notah Begay, Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Colin Montgomerie, Frank Nobilo, Arron Oberholser and Mark Rolfing. Michael Breed, Todd Lewis and Steve Sands will provide interviews and reports on the ground throughout the week, and John Feinstein, Tim Rosaforte and Ken Schofield also will contribute daily reports. Originating from a custom-built set that will feature two stages – the main stage overlooking the practice putting green and a conversation set overlooking the driving range – Live From the PGA Championship will provide comprehensive insight, analysis, exclusive features and breaking news on emerging storylines throughout the week.

WHISTLING STRAITS: TEE TO GREEN WITH FRANK NOBILO: Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo will give viewers an in-depth look at Whistling Straits through dedicated “Tee to Green” segments, which will run during Golf Channel’s news programming throughout the week. The segments will break down the Straits Course, highlighting the signature holes that could play a crucial role with players in contention during Sunday’s final round.

FEATURES: Throughout the week, Live From the PGA Championship will present compelling features showcasing the history of the PGA Championship, Whistling Straits Golf Course, and the best storylines surrounding the event. A sampling includes (previews are available upon request):

  • Dustin Johnson’s Return to Whistling Straits and Major Championship Heartbreak – Golf Channel will take a look back at Dustin Johnson’s heartbreaks at the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and, most recently, the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Golf Channel’s Mark Rolfing sits down with Johnson to reflect on those moments and his mindset as he returns to Whistling Straits.
  • The Kohler Dye-Namic – Golf Channel travel insider Matt Ginella catches up with the two men whose vision for the shores of Lake Michigan became a reality – Herb Kohler and course architect Pete Dye. Ginella takes a tour of Whistling Straits with Kohler and Dye, highlighting their unique partnership.
  • Vijay Singh’s Incredible 2004 Season – In 2004, at age 41, Vijay Singh had one of the best seasons in PGA TOUR history: nine PGA TOUR victories, including the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits; first to break golf’s $10 million barrier in a single year; oldest player to win consecutive money titles;and ended Tiger Woods’ five-year reign atop the Official World Golf Rankings. Golf Channel will take a look back at Vijay Singh’s 2004 season, highlighted by his PGA Championship victory at Whistling Straits in a playoff over Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard, his third and most-recent major championship victory.

MORNING DRIVE: Setting the early programming stage each day, Morning Drive will examine the key storylines throughout the week. Morning Drive will expand on Tuesday and Wednesday to three hours to cover pre-tournament news conferences live from Whistling Straits, and will air for two hours Thursday-Sunday beginning at 6 a.m. ET, providing interviews, expert analysis and highlights. John Cook and Chris DiMarco – who lost in a playoff to Vijay Singh at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits – will join Cara Robinson, Gary Williams and Lauren Thompson in-studio. Damon Hack, Matt Ginella and Charlie Rymer will be on-site Tuesday-Sunday.

PLAYER NEWS CONFERENCES: Morning Drive and Live From the PGA Championship will feature the entire slate of player news conferences staged from Whistling Straits on Tuesday and Wednesday.

THE GOLF FIX: 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed will host a special edition of The Golf Fix instruction show on-site from the Whistling Straits driving range, airing on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. Breed will be joined by players competing in the PGA Championship to discuss preparations leading into the final men’s major of 2015. Jordan Spieth’s swing coach and 2015 PGA Teacher of the Year, Cameron McCormick, also is scheduled to join the show, along with students from the local First Tee chapter.

DIGITAL: GolfChannel.com will feature expanded editorial content during PGA Championship week with up-to-the-minute news, blogs and fan interaction, including:

  • News and features – GolfChannel.com writers will post PGA Championship-related features throughout the week, beginning on Monday. Golf Channel’s team of writers – Jay Coffin, Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner and Randall Mell will contribute daily stories and features throughout the week from Whistling Straits.
  • Live Streaming 24/7 – Viewers who are customers of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services will be able to enjoy 24/7 streaming of Golf Channel content –      including Morning Drive and Live From the PGA Championship – through GolfChannel.com and Golf Live Extra. Golf Channel’s mobile app also will feature on-demand content featured on GolfChannel.com.
  • Video – GolfChannel.com will provide “instant analysis” video updates throughout the week, hosted by Lisa Cornwell. Additional content will include clips from Morning Drive and Live From the PGA Championship telecasts on Golf Channel.

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 Whistling Straits 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.

INTERACTIVE / SOCIAL:Fans will be able to follow all of the latest news and updates from @GolfCentral, @GolfChannel, and @GCMorningDrive, and can join the conversation by using #PGAChamp.

Golf Channel / PGA Championship Week Programming (All Times ET)

Monday, Aug. 10

 

Morning Drive

7-9 a.m.

The Golf Fix

6-7 p.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

   

Tuesday, Aug. 11

 

Morning Drive

7-10 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

   

Wednesday, Aug. 12

 

Morning Drive

7-10 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

   

Thursday, Aug. 13

 

Morning Drive

6-8 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8-10 p.m.

   

Friday, Aug. 14

 

Morning Drive

6-8 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8-10 p.m.

   

Saturday, Aug. 15

 

Morning Drive

6-8 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8-11 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

   

Sunday, Aug. 16

 

Morning Drive

6-8 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8-11 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

 

 

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.