Golf Talk Live - Bernard Gallacher Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 19, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
YOU'VE SAID THAT BRIAN BARNES, FELLOW SCOTSMAN, WONDERFUL PLAYER, ALWAYS PLAYED HIS BEST WHEN THERE WAS THE MOST ON THE LINE.
BERNARD GALLACHER
MHMM
PETER KESSLER
DO YOU THINK HE EVER PLAYED BETTER OVER THE COURSE OF A FULL DAY THEN HE DID IN BEATING NICKLAUS TWICE IN SINGLES, MORNING AND AFTERNOON IN THE '75 MATCHES?
BERNARD GALLACHER
NO. HE PLAYED GREAT. I MEAN, OUR SIDE WERE ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED AND THE AMERICAN PLAYERS COULDN'T BELIEVE IT, THAT BRIAN COULD BEAT THEIR BEST PLAYER.
GOLFER SPEAKING SOFTLY IN BACKGROUND (MALE):
IT'S A FIVE FOOTER THAT I HAD TO HOLE ON 15. IF HE'D WON THAT ONE AFTER WINNING 14, HIS (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
PETER KESSLER
NOW EVERYBODY HAD THE PIPE RIGHT BUT THEY ALL, YOU KNOW THE REPORTS USED TO SAY ALSO THAT HE WAS WEARING SHORTS THAT DAY. HOW GOOD A PLAYER WAS BRIAN AT HIS BEST?
BERNARD GALLACHER
BRIAN WA, BRIAN WAS A VERY STRAIGHT HITTER OFF THE TEE. A VERY L..., A VERY GOOD DRIVER AND HE HAD A VERY GOOD TOUCH ON THE GREEN. THE WEAKNESS BACK IN THOSE DAYS WAS HE
WASN'T A GREAT CHIPPER. HE, FORTUNATELY HE DIDN'T MISS MANY GREENS BUT IF HE MISSED A GREEN HE HAD A PROBLEM GETTING UP AND DOWN, UNLESS HE HOLED A GOOD PUTT. THAT WAS THE ONE SORT OF, WE MIGHT CALL
WEAKNESS IN HIS GAME, BUT HE, YOU ALWAYS HAD TO KICK HIM A BIT UP THE BACKSIDE, BRIAN, I ALWAYS MADE HIM HIT OFF IN FOURSOMES. I ALWAYS MADE HIM HIT OFF THE FIRST TEE BECAUSE IT'S THE MOMENT OF MOST, MOST, IT'S THE MOST STRESSFUL MOMENT IN FOURSOME PLAY, YOUR DRIVE GOING OFF THE FIRST
TEE AND I KNOW THAT BRIAN, WHEN HE'S REALLY JUMPY, HITS, HE JUST ARROWS IT DOWN THE MIDDLE. HE'S ONE OF THESE GUYS THAT ARROWS IT DOWN THE MIDDLE. WHEN I FEEL JUMPY SOMETIMES I
DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S GOING, BUT WITH BRIAN, BRIAN NEEDS TO, AND YOU NEED TO BUILD UP THE PRESSURE WITH BRIAN. YOU NEED TO KEEP HIM GOING AND TO TELL HIM HOW IMPORTANT THE RYDER CUP IS AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO WIN THIS MATCH, JUST TO KEEP
HIM TENSE. SOMETIMES, FORGET, SOMETIMES HE'LL JUST SMOKE THAT PIPE AND TRY AND FIND A , A BEER TENT GOING AROUND THERE AND SNEAK A, A BEER GOING AROUND.
AND WE, I HAD TO TRY AND STOP HIM DOING THIS (LAUGHS) AND, BUT TO, TO BEAT, I REMEMBER DISTINCTLY BRIAN BEATING JACK NICKLAUS AT LAUREL VALLEY, TWICE IN ONE DAY AND THAT WAS A GREAT MOMENT.
PETER KESSLER
ESPECIALLY WHEN JACK SAID TO HIM IN THE AFTERNOON MATCH ON THE FIRST TEE YOU BEAT ME ONCE BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN.
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCER SPEAKING SOFTLY IN BACKGROUND (MALE):
35:49 THRU THERE'S THE BALL AND BRIAN BARNES (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
BERNARD GALLACHER
WELL, AND YOU COULD, JACK WAS USUALLY RIGHT BUT HE GOT IT WRONG ON THIS OCCASION AND IT WAS A POOR RYDER CUP IN BRITISH TERMS BUT IT WAS A GREAT RYDER CUP FOR BRAIN BARNES.
PETER KESSLER
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE CHIPS THAT MAY HAVE WORKED OUT, WE CAN'T SEE QUITE WHERE THE FLAG IS, YOU'RE RIGHT
BERNARD GALLACHER
NO, YEAH, BUT YOU, YOU SEE, THAT, THAT HE HAD TO RELY ON A GOOD PUTT, BUT HE WAS A GOOD PUTTER BRIAN. GOOD AT THAT DISTANCE.... THERE YOU GO.
THANKS FOR THE GAME, JACK (LAUGHS)
PETER KESSLER
WITH THE PIPE IN HIS MOUTH.
BERNARD GALLACHER
THAT'S RIGHT.
PETER KESSLER
YEAH, NICE TO SPEND THE DAY WITH YOU.
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH
PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU PLAYED JACK IN SINGLES IN '77 AND WON THE FIRST FOUR HOLES
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH
PETER KESSLER
WERE YOU APPREHENSIVE BEFORE? I MEAN JACK NICKLAUS WAS STILL JACK NICKLAUS.
BERNARD GALLACHER
OH YEAH, I WAS REALLY NERVOUS. I HARDLY SLEPT THE NIGHT BEFORE AND THE FIRST HOLE, UNUSUAL FOR CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF, ROYAL LITHUM AND IT'S, IT'S, IT'S THE BRITISH OPEN THIS YEAR IS BEING PLAYED THERE. THE
OPENING HOLE'S A PAR 3, A LONG PAR 3 LIKE OVER 200 YARDS. IT'S A VERY TOUGH OPENING HOLE AND YOU KNOW, JACK, YOU SHAKE HANDS WITH JACK AND HE'S GOT THESE VERY DEEP PENETRATING EYES AND I DIDN'T WANT TO LOOK AT
JACK IN THE EYE, I WANTED TO, BECAUSE I FELT LIKE SAYING, YOU KNOW I'M, I FELT LIKE HE'S GOING TO SAY I'M GOING TO BEAT YOU TODAY OR SOMETHING AND YOU, YOU LOOK HIM IN THE EYE AND YOU AGREE WITH HIM SO, THAT WAS THE
PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
BERNARD GALLACHER
LAST THING I WANTED TO DO AND I DIDN'T WANT TO LOOK AT HIS SWING, I LOOKED AWAY WHEN HE, WHEN HE SWUNG AND THEN, THEN I PLAYED THAT FIRST HOLE AND JACK CAME UP SHORT OF THE GREEN AND HE CHIPPED UP SIX FEET SHORT AND
I HIT MY TEE SHOT ON THE GREEN AND I PUTTED DOWN TWO FEET AWAY. JACK, MISSES HIS SIX FOOT PUTT, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, HE'S ALREADY, HE CHIPPED UP SHORT OF THE GREEN TO ABOUT SIX FEET AND MISSED THE PUTT. IN THE MEANTIME
HE'S GIVEN ME THIS TWO FOOTER ON THE FIRST GREEN (LAUGHS) AND I SAID TO MYSELF, IF JACK KNOWS HOW I FEEL HE WILL GIVE ME THAT PUTT. HE JUST COULDN'T POSSIBLY GIVE ME THIS PUTT BECAUSE I FEEL SO JUMPY, SO NERVOUS, AND THEN, SO I JUST PICK IT UP QUICK AS
I COULD. HE MISSED HIS PUTT, AND THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, I CAN ONLY BE BEATEN NINE AND, NINE AND SEVEN.
PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
BERNARD GALLACHER
THAT WAS THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT, BUT THEN JACK, THEN JACK HIT IT IN THE BUNKER THE SECOND TO GO OFF THE TEE AND THE THIRD OFF THE TEE AND I
BIRDIED THE FOURTH AND I'M FOUR UP AGAINST JACK AND UH BUT THEN, THEN HE GETS IT BACK AND HE HOLES A GOOD
PUTT AT 16. WE WERE ALL SQUARE PLAYING THE 17TH.
PETER KESSLER
WHY DON'T WE GO AHEAD AND PICK IT UP WITH THE SECOND SHOTS ON 17 THAT AFTERNOON WITH THE MATCH ALL SQUARE. LET'S CHECK THIS OUT.
OKAY, WE'LL, WE'LL BE THERE IN JUST A MOMENT.
BERNARD GALLACHER
(LAUGHS)
WELL IT'S A LONG WAY BACK.
PETER KESSLER
(UNINTELLIGIBLE) THAT'S RIGHT. AND HERE WE GO AND, AND YOU'VE ALREADY HIT TEE SHOTS AND THE MATCH, AS WE CAN SEE, IS ALL SQUARE AND HERE'S JACK HITTING HIS SECOND.
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCER SPEAKING SOFTLY IN BACKGROUND (MALE):
GALLACHER (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH, I MEAN JACK'S ONLY GOT A SHORT IRON IN THERE BUT I THINK HE HITS IT IN THE BUNKER RIGHT.
PETER KESSLER
GOOD MEMORY BERNARD.
BERNARD GALLACHER
NO, HE JUST, WELL IT WAS GOING TOWARDS THE BUNKER.
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCER SPEAKING IN BACKGROUND (MALE):
BIG CROWDS FOLLOW (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
BERNARD GALLACHER
MY, I HIT A GOOD SECOND SHOT BUT IT COMES UP SHORT OF THE GREEN. I'VE GOT THE MOST DREADFUL LONG PUTT, AND OF COURSE EVERYONE THINKS YOU'VE BEEN FOUR UP. JACK'S ALL SQUARE AGAINST JACK NICKLAUS, TWO HOLES TO PLAY.
HUH...
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCER SPEAKING IN BACKGROUND (MALE):
COME ON JACK I'VE GOT TWO (UNINTELLIGIBLE) ON YOU
PETER KESSLER
AND OF COURSE YOU DIDN'T HAVE YOUR PUTTER. THIS WAS A PUTTER THAT YOU BORROWED FOR THE DAY, WAS IT NOT?
BERNARD GALLACHER
SOMEBODY STOLE MY PUTTER ON THE WAY TO THE FIRST TEE THAT DAY. I HAD TO GO INTO THE PRO SHOP AND BUY A PUTTER ON THE WAY TO THE TEE.
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCER SPEAKING IN BACKGROUND (MALE):
GALLACHER WITH A NEW PUTTER (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
PETER KESSLER
HOW DID IT WORK?
BERNARD GALLACHER
I'M NOW TRYING TO JUST GET THIS PUTT UP NEAR THE HOLE SOMEWHERE AND TRY TO STOP IT. THREE PUTT. IT GOES STRAIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.
PETER KESSLER
HOW FAR AWAY DO YOU SUPPOSE YOU WERE?
BERNARD GALLACHER
THEY RECKON THAT WAS THE LONGEST PUTT AT THAT TIME ON BRITISH TV. IT WAS OVER 80 FEET.
PETER KESSLER
JACK, AND JACK LOOKS LIKE NOTHING EVEN HAPPENED. IT'S SO, SO CHARACTERISTIC.
BERNARD GALLACHER
NO JACK, JACK'S GOT THE TEMPERAMENT YOU WANT. JACK MISSED THAT PUTT, INCIDENTALLY, SO I'M ONE UP PLAYING THE LAST AND YOU CAN SEE THE CROWDS HUGE. I GOT MY DRIVER INTO PLAY THERE AT THE LAST.
PETER KESSLER
WERE YOU AWARE OF THE CROWD AT A TIME LIKE THAT? THAT HAD TO BE AS LARGE A CROWD AS HAD EVER WATCHED YOU PLAY GOLF UP UNTIL THAT TIME.
BERNARD GALLACHER
THERE WERE HUGE CROWDS DOWN THAT 18TH AND I HIT QUITE A GOOD TEE SHOT AND THEN IT JUST FELL OFF THE GREEN ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE. I WAS A BIT UNLUCKY WITH THAT AND I WAS LEFT WITH A VERY DIFFICULT CHIP. JACK IN THE MEANTIME HAD HIT A 300 YARD DRIVE. JUST MISSED THE FAIRWAY TO THE LEFT (LAUGHS).
JACK OVER CLUBS. HE'S DEAD ON LINE, BUT OVER CLUBS. IT GOES THROUGH THE GREEN.
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCER (MALE):
AND THAT'S TOO HARD. MUCH TOO HARD.
BERNARD GALLACHER
WELL IT WASN'T MUCH TOO HARD BUT IT WAS JUST A HALF A CLUB TOO FAR.
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCER (MALE):
SO BERNARD GALLACHER GOES UP ON THE MIGHTY JACK NICKLAUS WHO DOES NOT HAVE TOO IMPRESSIVE A RECORD IN SINGLES PLAY IN RYDER CUP MATCHES.
PETER KESSLER
TRICKY LITTLE CHIP YOU LEFT YOURSELF HERE TOO.
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH, IT WAS A CHIP I COULDN'T REALLY THROW ONTO THE GREEN. I HAD TO THROW INTO THE BANK A LITTLE BIT I THINK AND
PETER KESSLER
DID THIS ONE THROW A SCARE INTO YOU?
BERNARD GALLACHER
I THOUGHT HE'D HOLED IT, YEAH. HE CHIPS IT AND IT LOOKS GOOD. EXCEPT
PETER KESSLER
OF COURSE THEY ALWAYS SAID HE NEVER HAD A SHORT GAME. THAT WASN'T YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH JACK, WAS IT?
BERNARD GALLACHER
JACK HAD A GREAT SHORT GAME BUT HE DIDN'T NEED A SHORT GAME BECAUSE OF THE REST OF HIS GAME WAS SO GOOD. HE GAVE THE IMPRESSION HE DIDN'T HAVE A LOT, A GOOD SHORT GAME, BUT HE, HE LEFT THAT STONE DEAD. SO I'VE GOT THIS STINKING CHIP. I MEAN IT'S A CHIP YOU DON'T WANT.
PETER KESSLER
BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT TO GET IT UP IN THE AIR. YOU CAN'T JUST RUN IT ALONG THE GROUND AT THIS POINT
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH AND IT'S A FAIRLY TIGHT LIE AND SO I'M THINKING OF THROWING IT INTO THAT BANK AND JUST GETTING CHECKING... YUP. VERY GOOD CHIP.
PETER KESSLER
YOU HAD TO HAVE BEEN PRETTY HAPPY WITH THAT STROKE.
BERNARD GALLACHER
WELL I WASN'T HAPPY ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT JUST WENT ABOUT THREE FEET TOO FAR.
PETER KESSLER
YEAH I SAID THE STROKE, NOT THE BALL.
BERNARD GALLACHER
OH YEAH, SORRY. YEAH, YEAH, YEAH. THE STROKE WAS OKAY.
PETER KESSLER
RIGHT. THAT HAD TO FEEL LIKE THE RIGHT WEIGHT WHEN YOU HIT IT.
BERNARD GALLACHER
BRIAN HUGGIT WAS THE CAPTAIN. THAT WAS BRIAN HUGGIT THERE.
PETER KESSLER
IS YOUR IMAGINATION RUNNING RIOT HERE OR ARE YOU PRETTY CALM? AS YOU GET READY TO STRIKE THAT INTO HOME.
BERNARD GALLACHER
WELL YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO BEAT JACK. IT'S A BIG MOMENT. I KNOW WE LOST THAT RYDER CUP BUT YOU CAN SEE THE CROWDS. YOU CAN'T LET THE CROWDS DOWN, AND YOU'RE FOUR UP AFTER FOUR HOLES AND YOU FEEL SO BAD IF YOU LOOSE THAT PARTICULAR MATCH,
AND SO I WAS GLAD TO HANG ON AND GET A VICTORY (??). JACK, AND JACK WAS VERY GRACIOUS, I MEAN, GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT.
PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID HE SAY TO YOU?
BERNARD GALLACHER
JUST PUT YOUR, HE PUTS YOUR ARM AROUND YOU AND SAID GREAT MATCH, WELL PLAYED. I MEAN, GREAT, FROM THE GREAT JACK NICKLAUS.
PETER KESSLER
PRETTY GOOD.
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH, PRETTY GOOD.
PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK LET'S FLASH FORWARD TO '91 AND WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE CLOSE OF YOUR FIRST REIGN AS CAPTAIN OF THE EUROPEAN TEAM IN JUST A MOMENT.
(MUSIC)
(BREAK)
 
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Watch: Furyk throws out first pitch at Yankees-Mets

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 12:59 pm

As part of a a New York media tour to promote the Ryder Cup, U.S. captain Jim Furyk threw out the first pitch at Monday evening's game between the Yankees and Mets at Yankee Stadium.


Here's a look at some more photos from Captain Furyk's Ryder Cup Trophy tour.




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Randall's Rant: Woods' message to young rivals: Bring it on!

By Randall MellAugust 13, 2018, 11:24 pm

Bring it on!

OK, I’m not fluent in body language, and maybe that’s not exactly what Tiger Woods was communicating with his exuberant fist pump after closing out a 64 Sunday at the PGA Championship, but there was so much hope in the excitement he let loose with his closing birdie.

Hope beyond what was still going on behind him at Bellerive.

Hope in what lies ahead.

Bring it on!

You know Woods wanted Brooks Koepka to hear his legion roar, to let Koepka know he better not stumble back there behind him. You know he also wanted Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and all today’s stars to hear all those roars, to let them know he’s finally fit for a fight again.

Bring it on!

Yes, Koepka refused to flinch, and Woods ultimately finished second, but that rollicking last fist pump told you what Sunday’s finish meant to Woods.

He’s going to win again.

That’s the confidence won closing the way he did, celebrating at the 72nd hole in a way we’ve only ever seen him do on his way to hoisting a trophy.

Because that’s where he is headed again.

He can and will win again.

Bring it on!

That’s the thrilling promise Sunday brought to all of golf.

Koepka wasn’t about to get out of Woods’ way, in the fashion the players of another era seemed to do when weekend roars preceded a Woods stampede. Koepka did today’s players a favor sending his own message. He was a rock. He didn’t flinch and didn’t fold in the wake of all those deafening Tiger roars.


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If Koepka flinches Sunday, it sends the wrong message to all these other young guys. It gives them all pause. It makes them all wonder if Tiger’s aura really does come with some unfair advantage, with a one- or two-shot advantage in his ability to ride the noisy chaos to heights they can’t. We heard more than one young star complain this spring about the boisterous crowds that followed Woods.

These young guys don’t need that in their heads.

So Koepka didn’t back down, and Johnson, Thomas, McIlroy, Spieth, Day, Fowler and Rahm aren’t likely to, either.

That’s the great fun Woods’ comeback brings. The battles all these young guys say they want with the legend are real possibilities now, with all those Tiger birdies and Tiger roars confirming Sunday that he is ready to begin giving them what they want.

“I’ve always wanted to battle it out in a major with Tiger,” Jordan Spieth said during The Open last month. “Who hasn’t? It’s kind of a dream come true, just to have the opportunity.”

The wonder in Sunday’s finish is that Woods was so good spraying his driver all over the place early in the round. Back in the day, he would have said he shot that 64 with his “B” game. You won’t hear him say things like that now, but the beauty in the round was knowing how he may have turned a 70 into a 64. It was in knowing how much better he still might get on these old legs.

It’s a shame we have to wait eight months for the Masters to see if his run of T-6 at The Open and 2nd at the PGA Championship continues on a majestic trajectory, because the message I heard in his last fist pump is still ringing in my ears.

Bring it on!

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Eight Men, Four Women Advance to "Tennessee Big Shots," Airing Monday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. ET Live on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 13, 2018, 7:25 pm

Airing Live on Golf Channel, Fourth Televised Event of 2018 is Final Tour Stop Prior to Season-Culminating Volvik World Long Drive Championship

Field Boasts Six of Top-10 in World Led by No. 1 Justin James, Three-Time 2018 Winner Will Hogue; & Two-time World Champion Phillis Meti

The World Long Drive Association (WLDA) season continues tonight with the Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital, airing live at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. The live telecast will showcase the eight men and four women having advanced from preliminary rounds where they’ll compete in single-elimination matches until respective champions are crowned. The Open (Men’s) Division field will feature six of the top-nine competitors in the World Long Drive rankings, including No. 1 Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.) along with Will Hogue (Memphis, Tenn.), who has accumulated three wins to-date in 2018. The Women’s Division will feature two-time world champion Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) and Alexis Belton (Ruston, La.,) who won the Clash in the Canyon earlier this year. Chloe Garner (Johnson City, Tenn.,) also is returning from injury in her first competition of 2018 in what will be a de-facto “home game,” while LPGA Tour player Emily Tubert (Burbank, Calif.) is the fourth semifinalist, competing in her first-ever WLDA competition.

“We’ve finally reached the home stretch of the season,” said Jonathan Coachman, play-by-play host for World Long Drive Association events on Golf Channel. “With the World Championship only weeks away, the competitors understand the need to be on their game. I’ve always said that champions show up anytime, anywhere, for anything. They better have that mind-set, beginning with tonight’s Tennessee Big Shots.

 

OPEN DIVISION QUARTERFINAL MATCHES (Seeded by world ranking):

(1) Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.) vs. (25) Wes Patterson (St Louis, Mo.)

(5) Ryan Steenberg (Rochester, N.Y.) vs. (8) Paul Howell (Wilson, N.C.)

(4) Ryan Reisbeck (Layton, Utah) vs. (9) Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.)

(2) Will Hogue (Memphis, Tenn.) vs. (24) Stephen Kois (Wheaton, Ill.)

 

WOMEN’S DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCHES:

Alexis Belton (Ruston, La.) vs. Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand)

Chloe Garner (Johnson City, Tenn.) vs. Emily Tubert (Burbank, Calif.)

 

Being staged from Cattails at Meadowview Golf Course in Kingsport, Tenn., the inaugural event – in partnership with Ballad Health’s Niswonger Children’s Hospital – is the fourth WLDA event of 2018 scheduled to air live on Golf Channel. Tennessee Big Shots is being contested in association with the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic. The eventalso marks the penultimate WLDA competition of the year, with the season-culminating Volvik World Long Drive Championship taking place Aug. 30-Sept. 5.

COVERAGE: Live coverage of the Tennessee Big Shots will air on Golf Channel from 6-8 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 13, with Golf Central previewing the event from 5-6 p.m. ET. Encore showings of the competition are scheduled to air on Golf Channel following the live telecast, from 10 p.m.-Midnight ET and 12:30-2:30 a.m. ET.

The production centering around live coverage of the competition will utilize six dedicated cameras, capturing all angles from the hitting platform and the landing grid, including a SuperMo camera as well as two craned-positioned cameras that will track the ball in flight once it leaves the competitor’s clubface. An overlaid graphic line on the grid, the “DXL Big Drive to Beat,” (similar to the “1st & 10 line” made popular in football) will display the longest drive during a given match to signify the driving distance an opposing competitor will need to surpass to take the lead. The telecast also will feature a custom graphics package suited to the anomalous swing data typically generated by Long Drive competitors, tracking club speed, ball speed and apex in real-time via Trackman. Trackman technology also will provide viewers with a sense of ball flight, tracing the arc of each drive from the moment of impact.

BROADCAST TEAM: Veteran sports broadcaster Jonathan Coachman will conduct play-by-play alongside Art Sellinger, World Long Drive pioneer and two-time world champion (1986, ’91). Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz will offer reports from the teeing platform and conduct interviews with competitors in the field.

DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Fans can stay up-to-date on all of the action surrounding the Tennessee Big Shots by following @GolfChannel and @WorldLongDrive on social media. Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will be on-site contributing to the social conversation as the event unfolds, and, the telecast will integrate social media-generated content during live coverage using the hashtag, #WorldLongDrive.

Golf Channel Digital also will feature content from the Tennessee Big Shots leading up to and immediately following the live telecast.

 

2018 WORLD LONG DRIVE ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE:

DATE

EVENT

LOCATION

WINNER(S) / DEFENDING CHAMP

March 15-17

East Coast Classic

West Columbia, S.C.

Justin Moose

April 21-24

Clash in the Canyon (*Golf Channel*)

Mesquite, Nev.

Alexis Belton, Will Hogue

May 11-15

Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun (*Golf Channel*)

Maricopa, Ariz.

Phillis Meti, Will Hogue

June 4-5

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash (*Golf Channel*)

Atlantic City, N.J.

Sandra Carlborg, Mark Costello

June 21-23

Bluff City Shootout

Memphis, Tenn.

Will Hogue

July 6-8

Bash For Cash

Port Rowan, Ont., Canada

Ryan Steenberg

August 2-4

WinStar Midwest Slam

Thackerville, Okla.

Kyle Berkshire

August 12-13

Tennessee Big Shots benefitting Niswonger Children’s Hospital (*Golf Channel*)

Kingsport, Tenn.

(New Event)

September 1-5

Volvik World Long Drive Championship (*Golf Channel*)

Thackerville, Okla.

Sandra Carlborg, Justin James

Showcasing the truly global nature of World Long Drive, several events throughout 2018 are staged through officially sanctioned WLDA international partners, including stops in Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, along with an all-encompassing international qualifier for the Open Division of the Volvik World Long Drive Championship in September.

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Making Ryder Cup picks: Furyk begins his toughest task

By Rex HoggardAugust 13, 2018, 6:41 pm

ST. LOUIS – By the time Brooks Koepka teed off for the final round of the PGA Championship, Jim Furyk was already back at his rental house and settled in to watch what would be an eventful final round.

Furyk's day was just getting started.

Although he’d been up since dawn and had already put in a full day at Bellerive with a 7:56 a.m. tee time, Sunday began a process the U.S. Ryder Cup captain has prepared for and anticipated for two years.

“I didn’t get a lot of sleep this week,” Furyk conceded on Sunday following a closing 71 at Bellerive. “At times I found myself with my mind wandering. The afternoon tee times I’m sitting around in the morning and my mind starts wandering and I start looking at stats and start thinking about the Ryder Cup. There’s a million things going on.”

The American captain is officially on the clock. The final round of the year’s final major was the deadline to qualify for this year’s Ryder Cup team, and Furyk now begins the process of narrowing the list of potential captain’s picks.

Davis Love III, who took two turns in the captain’s chair, will tell you this is the toughest part of the gig. Forget about pairings and course setup and vice captains - getting the picks right is what separates a good captain from a great one.

“I saw him around this week kind of frazzled like I was; they are pulling him everywhere,” Love said. “Now it’s a tough couple of weeks. At dinner the other night we were talking about what we were going to do [regarding picks] and I was like, ‘Well, you have to wait for [Sunday] and you’ll get a better idea.”

On that front, the wait is over. The top eight players on the U.S. point list are now locked in and Furyk and his vice captains – Love, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods – can begin the artful process of creating a list of possible picks based on a wide variety of criteria.


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The automatic qualifiers are Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, who held on to the final spot thanks to his tie for 19th at the PGA.

“For some guys we’re going to look at the body of work for a year, for some players we’re going to look at a hot player right now, some guys we’re going to look at pairings and how they fit into the team we have right now,” Furyk said.

Furyk will make three of his captain’s picks on Sept. 3 following the Dell Technologies Championship and his final selection a week later after the BMW Championship.

The short list of possible picks would include Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Woods, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and Tony Finau, Nos. 9 through 15, respectively, on the final point list.

Schauffele and Finau had something of a playing interview at Bellerive when they were paired with Furyk for Rounds 1 and 2.

“Tony made a pile of birdies, he’s explosive as far as firepower and how far he hits it but I was impressed with his putting, to be honest with you. I knew he could hit it far and kind of knew how he played, but he really played well,” said Furyk, who also played with Finau on Saturday at the PGA.

Mickelson will be a particularly interesting option for Furyk. For the first time in his Ryder Cup career, which began in 1995, Lefty failed to qualify for the U.S. side and the de facto team room front man would be tough to pass over.

“His game has been in a good position all year, he’s putted great, I think Jason Day is the only player with better putting stats this year,” said Furyk, who met with Mickelson after he missed the cut in St. Louis. “He’s working on a couple of things in his game right now that we talked about.”

Woods also creates some interesting scenarios. His runner-up finish at the PGA vaulted him from 20th to 11th on the final point list and essentially assured what many believed to be a foregone conclusion. Woods will be among Furyk’s captain’s picks, the only real question when it comes to the 14-time major champion is whether he can play and drive a vice captain’s cart.

“He’s on that list we’ve talked about and I think we still need to hash that out,” Furyk said. “Is it possible [to do both jobs]? Sure, we just need to decide if that’s best for the team.”

If Woods and Mickelson have already been penciled in as picks, which many believe they have, that essentially leaves a half dozen players vying for the final two spots.

An 11th-hour charge over the next three weeks could certainly sway Furyk, and he’s made it clear that Le Golf National, site of this year’s matches outside of Paris, favors a certain type of game, think a fairways-and-greens type like Kisner or even Brian Harman, who finished 17th on the point list.

“I’ve taken a look at the golf course and what I think will really work,” Furyk said.

There’s also an undercurrent of interest in Furyk going young with his picks to give a player like DeChambeau or Schauffele a chance to experience the unique pressures of a Ryder Cup “road game,” but Furyk didn’t seem as interested in developing future talent as he is in winning.

“Our goals for long term are important and young blood is a good thing, but I would never sacrifice this team or 2018 for 2022,” he said. “The goal is still to go to Europe and try to retain the cup. That said, having a mix of veteran and young players is a good thing.”

If Furyk sounds a little vague when it comes to his potential picks it should be no real surprise. Getting the picks right is the most demanding part of any captain’s job and he’s just getting started.