Women's Golf Takes Center Stage Next Two Weeks on Golf Channel and NBC With UL International Crown and RICOH Women's British Open

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 19, 2016, 4:00 pm

Thirty-Two Players Representing Eight Countries – Including 16 Players Competing in the Olympics – Battle to Determine Best Women’s Golf Nation at UL International Crown Biennial Match Play Competition

 RICOH Women’s British Open Live Coverage Returns to Broadcast Television for First Time Since 2013

Most Number of Live Hours in RICOH Women’s British Open History on Tap for Golf Channel and NBC

GURNEE, Ill., July 19, 2016 – Women’s golf will take center stage on Golf Channel and NBC the next two weeks, kicking off with the UL International Crown – a global biennial match play competition featuring a field of 32 players representing eight countries battling to be crowned the best women’s golf nation – Thursday-Sunday, followed by NBC Sports Group’s inaugural coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open, the women’s fourth major of 2016, Thursday-Sunday, July 28-31.

UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN: The UL International Crown, which made its debut in 2014 with Spain claiming the inaugural Crown, returns this week for the second staging of the competition, taking place at The Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill. The eight countries entered are United States, Republic of Korea, Australia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, China and England. Four players per country are represented in the competition, who qualified based on the Rolex Women’s Rankings at the conclusion of the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.  The eight countries are split into two pools and will compete in three days of four-ball matches with the top two countries from each pool and one wild card country advancing to a final day of singles matches. The field includes eight major champions and 16 players who have qualified to represent their country at the Olympics in August.

NBC SPORTS GROUP LIVE MATCH PLAY COVERAGE: 18 HOURS: Golf Channel and NBC will dedicate nearly 20 hours of live coverage of the matches Thursday-Sunday. Live action begins Thursday and Friday at Noon ET on Golf Channel. Saturday, live coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET, and on Sunday’s final day, coverage begins on NBC at Noon ET and will continue on Golf Channel at 2 p.m. through the event’s conclusion. Coverage also will be streamed online via Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra powered by PlayMaker Media.

NEWS CONFERENCES AND PRO-AM SHOW: Golf Channel’s UL International Crown news coverage begins Tuesday with a Golf Central news conferences special at 3 p.m. ET. On Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will air a special Pro-Am show from The Merit Club, taking viewers inside the ropes into the teams’ preparations leading up to the opening matches on Thursday.

TOURNAMENT TEAM: Terry Gannon and Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin will anchor coverage of the UL International Crown from the 18th hole broadcast booth.  They will be joined by Tom Abbott reporting from an on-course tower, with Major Champion Karen Stupples, Nicole Castrale and Jerry Foltz reporting from the course.

UL International Crown / NBC Sports Group Live Competition Airtimes (all times ET)

Thursday, July 21       Noon.-4 p.m. (Live)

Friday, July 22            Noon-4 p.m. (Live)

Saturday, July 23        3-7 p.m. (Live)

Sunday, July 24          Noon-2 p.m. (Live, NBC) / 2-6 p.m. (Live, Golf Channel)     

RICOH WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN: The following week, live coverage of the women’s fourth major of the year, the RICOH Women’s British Open, returns to broadcast television for the first time since 2013 when NBC airs weekend coverage from Woburn Golf and Country Club near London, continuing NBC Sports Group’s inaugural year as the U.S. broadcast partner for The R&A championships. Golf Channel will air 12 hours of live coverage Thursday and Friday and four hours of “lead-in” coverage Saturday and Sunday.

TOURNAMENT COVERAGE: 22 LIVE HOURS: Golf Channel and NBC will combine for more than 20 hours of live tournament coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open, the most number of live hours in the history of the tournament on record. Thursday and Friday, Golf Channel will air live coverage in two telecast windows (4:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. ET / 9 a.m.-Noon ET). Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily news and lifestyle show, will air in between to recap the action and preview the afternoon wave. Saturday and Sunday, live coverage will begin at 9 am ET on Golf Channel and will continue on NBC at 11 a.m. ET.

WRAPAROUND NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Central and Morning Drive will provide comprehensive wraparound coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open on-site from Woburn Golf and Country Club. Cara Robinson will report for Morning Drive and Golf Central.

TOURNAMENT TEAM: Rich Lerner and Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin will call the action from the broadcast booth. 2004 Women’s British Open champion Karen Stupples and Tom Abbott will report from tower positions, with Jerry Foltz on the course. Mike Ritz also joins the broadcast team as studio host, and Robinson will conduct interviews.

RICOH Women’s British Open / NBC Sports Group Airtimes (all times ET)

Thursday, July 28        4:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Friday, July 29            4:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m. -Noon (Live)

Saturday, July 30        9-11 a.m. (Live, Golf Channel) / 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live, NBC)

Sunday, July 31          9-11 a.m. (Live, Golf Channel) / 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live, NBC)


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Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.