Stellar Field at THE PLAYERS Showcases Marquee Coverage on Golf Channel & NBC

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 28, 2015, 5:50 pm

More than 90 Hours of Live Television Devoted to the Pride of the

PGA TOUR Schedule, Featuring the Year’s Top Field of Players


22 Hours of Live Tournament Coverage, Highlighted by One of

Golf Channel’s and NBC’s Most Technologically Advanced Productions


The dramatic setting of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass and its famous 17th hole will provide the backdrop for THE PLAYERS Championship, headlining more than 90 hours of combined live programming on Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC, May 4-10.

Boasting the strongest field of the year competing on one of the world’s most iconic golf courses, THE PLAYERS Championship is the most-anticipated tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule. A combined 22 hours of live golf coverage will air on both Golf Channel and NBC, which will be blanketed by nearly 70 live hours of the most comprehensive golf news, analysis and feature programming on television, with Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS and Morning Drive.

BROADCAST TEAM: Golf Channel on NBC’s live tournament coverage of THE PLAYERS Championship will be anchored by Dan Hicks and Hall-of-Famer Johnny Miller. Terry Gannon and Sir Nick Faldo will host the majority of early round coverage on Golf Channel, with Hicks and Miller contributing.  The remainder of the broadcast team for all four rounds will include Gary Koch (17th hole) and Peter Jacobsen (15th hole) in tower positions; Notah Begay, Billy Ray Brown, Roger Maltbie and Mark Rolfing walking with the players; Steve Sands conducting interviews; and Jimmy Roberts providing features and essays. Kelly Tilghman will serve as tournament telecast host for Golf Channel’s early round coverage, while Josh Elliott will again host NBC’s weekend coverage.

Rich Lerner, Tilghman and Ryan Burr will anchor Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS coverage from TPC Sawgrass and will be joined by analysts Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, 1999 PLAYERS Champion David Duval and a host of others, including award-winning journalists Tim Rosaforte and John Feinstein. Lisa Cornwell and George Savaricas will host from Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando, and will be joined by analysts Jim Gallagher Jr. and Tripp Isenhour.

SPECIAL PRODUCTION ELEMENTS: Every conceivable angle of the famous par-3, 17th hole and its island green will be covered by Golf Channel on NBC’s production team. A total of nine high-definition cameras, including a microscopic lens embedded in the lip of the small bunker fronting the green, will be in place. Returning is the popular “Actioncam,” a cable-suspended camera system that will fly over the lake between the 16th and 17th greens. A camera also will be situated behind the 14th tee that will provide a seldom seen, reverse ball-flight for one of the more difficult tee shots on the course.

Some of the manned camera positions also are noteworthy, including a position lifted by a crane 150 feet into the air above the tree line that will show unique shots of the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes. Another camera operator is ferried to a small island near the 17th green where he is marooned for approximately eight hours during a broadcast, capturing player reactions from this unique angle.

FEATURES:  Throughout the week within Live From THE PLAYERS, Golf Channel will offer in-depth features built around the best stories in golf, both compelling and entertaining:

  • The 18th – arguably the most challenging finishing hole in golf, the 18th hole at TPC Sawgrass has seen remarkable moments of victory and defeat. Interviewed are course architects Pete and Alice Dye, and some of the more famous moments at 18 are recalled, including Hal Sutton’s “Be the right club today” moment, Adam Scott’s splashdown and the amazing three-hole finish of Golf Channel analyst Craig Perks in 2002.
  • Furyk – heading to THE PLAYERS Championship – always a home game for Jim Furyk – take a look at this enigmatic player’s career and the resiliency he has shown over the last five years enduring seven runner-up finishes without a win until his recent victory at the RBC Heritage.
  • Players and Caddies – it’s a relationship comparable to marriage, so how do players and caddies handle the balance of professional and personal required to be successful on tour?  Rich Lerner reports.
  • Jason Day – he’s a regular on major championship leaderboards and is frequently mentioned as part of the youth movement on the PGA TOUR. Discover the Jason Day story and how his caddie has played a major role in his life and success.

MORNING DRIVE:  With a new set location at TPC Sawgrass, Morning Drive will have a live presence on site all week with analysis, guests and features exclusive to the show. Beginning each day with the latest news from THE PLAYERS Championship will be Gary Williams, Cara Robinson, Charlie Rymer, Chris DiMarco, Paige MacKenzie and Matt Ginella.

THE GOLF FIX: Host Michael Breed will take over TPC Sawgrass’ practice putting green for the first-ever live putting episode of The Golf Fix on Monday, May 4 at 6 p.m. ET. Breed will look back at the most famous putts in the history of THE PLAYERS, and will teach viewers the tricks to reading greens, things to consider when lag putting and how to determine if you are a “spot” or “line” putter. Junior golfers from The First Tee of North Florida also will participate in the show to help demonstrate Breed’s instruction tips on putting.

DIGITAL CONTENT: will feature expanded editorial content during THE PLAYERS Championship week, with up-to-the-minute blogs and fan interaction, including:

  • News & Features writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell, Joe Posnanski and Will Gray will be reporting from TPC Sawgrass and posting features throughout the week.
  • Exclusive Video Content will provide video updates daily throughout the week from the network’s digital studio in Orlando, as well as segments from Golf Central’s Live      From THE PLAYERS and Morning Drive news coverage.

STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA/NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA:  All the news and tournament action surrounding THE PLAYERS Championship can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online through the help of Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra. Fans also can stream Golf Channel on NBC coverage of live golf with NBC Sports Live Extra.

Golf Channel/NBC live programming from THE PLAYERS Championship, May 4-10 (all times Eastern):

Monday, May 4

Morning Drive                                                                7-11 a.m.

The Golf Fix                                                                   6-7 p.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           7-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5

Morning Drive                                                               7-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-5 pm.

                                                                                     6-9 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6

Morning Drive                                                                7-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-5 p.m.

                                                                                     7-9 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

Morning Drive                                                               6-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-1 p.m.

THE PLAYERS Championship                                          1-7 p.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           7-9 p.m.

Friday, May 8

Morning Drive                                                               6-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-1 p.m.

THE PLAYERS Championship                                          1-7 p.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           7-9 p.m.

Saturday, May 10

Morning Drive                                                                6-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-2 p.m.

THE PLAYERS Championship                                          2-7 p.m. (NBC)

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           7-9 p.m.

Sunday, May 11

Morning Drive                                                               6-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-2 p.m.

THE PLAYERS Championship                                          2-7 p.m. (NBC)

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           7-9 p.m.

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.