Lopez Joins The Golf Channel


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Just two weeks after Hall of Fame member Nancy Lopez stunned the golf world announcing her semi-retirement from professional golf, she surprised the rank and file with news that she was teaming up with The Golf Channel.
TGC is the door to golf, Lopez commented. And I would like to contribute my experience and hopefully will do a great job for them.
Lopez, along with PGA Tour veterans Peter Jacobsen, Nick Faldo and Mark Rolfing will join an already strong team of Golf Channel commentators.
This is certainly an exciting day for our network, Golf Channel President David Manougian said in Wednesdays announcement. These people not only are household names in golf, but are some of the sports greatest personalities.
Lopez is without question one of the most prominent figures on the LPGA Tour with 48 career victories, nine LPGA awards and three majors ' including the Kraft Nabisco Championship title ' on her resume.
I have my knowledge to lend and 25 years as a pro, Lopez said. Id like to give my thoughts on what goes on out there to the telecast.
Im really looking forward to it. Ive done a little bit of work with other networks at the LPGA Championship over the years and really enjoyed it.
She will lend her on-course prowess to the network as a contributing reporter for Viewers Forum and Golf Central from several of the womens majors this season including this weeks event and the McDonalds LPGA Championship.
Lopez, whose last victory was at the 1997 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, will join Donna Caponi and Grant Boone in The Golf Channel booth upon the conclusion of her rounds at the Williams Championship and the Safeway LPGA Championship.
In addition, the 25-year veteran will also serve as a color analyst in the TGC booth at the Shoprite LPGA Classic on Saturday and Sunday and at the First Union Betsy King Classic from Thursday through Sunday.
She is looking forward to her work with fellow Hall of Fame member Caponi, yet the ever-likable Lopez is venturing into this new territory in typical grounded fashion. Its funny, Ive asked them If I stink, please tell me and I hope they will.
This is a very exciting front for Lopez, who suffered from chronic knee problems in the 2001 season that confined her to a limited schedule of play. I love being out here. I love playing. I love golf,' she said.
I have had a wonderful life out here on the LPGA Tour and I have enjoyed it tremendously. But I want to still hit those good shots and if I cant hit those good shots anymore then I need to try and do something else with the rest of my other life,' Nancy said in a press conference Tuesday.
The 45-year-old may be toying with the idea of an exciting new career but no need to worry, since shes not quite ready to hang her Soft Spikes up just yet. Id still like to play a little golf - well see how it goes, she said.