PGA Tour Releases 2007 FedEx Schedule

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 13, 2006, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA Tour has announced the inaugural FedEx Cup schedule for 2007, which features a strong sequencing of tournaments leading into the conclusive four-event Championship Series.
 
We are excited about the fact that the FedEx Cup season will feature a strong and regular spacing of significant opportunities for the worlds best players to compete against one another, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. The major championships, The Players Championship, the World Golf Championships and the season-ending, four-event Championship Series will create and hold fan interest throughout the FedEx Cup season.
 
The schedule announcement follows the tours release Wednesday of a streamlined television package that makes CBS and NBC the network partners for six years and The Golf Channel the exclusive cable network provider for the tour through an unprecedented 15-year agreement. The full list of tournaments and their broadcast carrier follows.
 
The new FedEx Cup competition, a season-long points bonus program for players spanning 37 weeks, begins with the Mercedes Championships in Hawaii (Jan. 4-7) and concludes Sept. 13-16 with The Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola.
 
The Championship Series, which focuses on the final push for the FedEx Cup title, will begin with the Barclays Classic in New York Aug. 23-26, followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston Aug. 31-Sept. 3 and then the Championship Series/Chicago Sept. 6-9, before concluding at The Tour Championship. More specifics on the Championship Series will be given at a later date.
 
Other significant changes include:
  • A reorganized sequence through Florida that adds the Tampa Bay Championship (March 8-11) and the newly announced World Golf Championships-CA Championship at Doral Resort & Spa (March 22-25);
     
  • The Players Championship moving from March to May 10-13, followed by the BellSouth Classic, which switches from late March to May 17-20
     
  • The Shell Houston Open changing from late April to March 29-April 1
     
  • The 84 LUMBER Classics move from the fall to June 21-24, one week after the U.S. Open
     
  • The Bell Canadian Open moving from September to July 26-29
     
  • The Carolina Classic at Greensboro switching from October to August 16-19 to become the final FedEx Cup qualifying tournament before the Championship Series
     
    The tour will continue to schedule a second event opposite certain championships. Finchem today confirmed that the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee will play opposite the British Open (July 19-22) and that the new Mayakoba Classic at the Mayakoba Resort on the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, will be held opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Feb. 22-25). It becomes the tours first official money event in Mexico. Finchem added that Reno-Tahoe is also under consideration for an opposite event, as is a potential new event in Puerto Rico at the Coco Beach Golf & Country Club.
     
    Once the FedEx Cup season concludes with The Tour Championship, the PGA Tour will enter the Fall Series, featuring six to seven official money tournaments that will determine the remainder of the 125 players eligible for the next years FedEx Cup. The entire series will be telecast on The Golf Channel.
     
    Finchem said the Fall Series has yet to be finalized, but that the tour was in discussion with the following events concerning the Fall Series: Valero Texas Open in San Antonio; FUNAI Classic at WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Orlando, Fla.; Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Madison, Miss.; Booz Allen Classic in Washington, D.C.; Hartford, Conn.; and Las Vegas.
     
    In regard to the B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y., Finchem said, We are looking for a position elsewhere within the PGA Tour family for its continuation, either on the Champions Tour or Nationwide Tour. We believe it could perform well on either Tour.
     
    Additional details on the Championship Series, the Fall Series and the remaining opposite events will be provided in the coming weeks.
     
    A Summary of the 2007 FedEx Cup Tournaments:
     
    Jan. 1-7: Mercedes Championships -- TGC
    Jan. 8-14: Sony Open in Hawaii -- TGC
    Jan. 15-21: Bob Hope Chrysler Classic -- TGC
    Jan. 22-28: Buick Invitational -- TGC, CBS
    Jan. 29-Feb. 4: FBR Open -- TGC, NBC
    Feb. 5-11: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- TGC, CBS
    Feb. 12-18: Nissan Open -- TGC, CBS
    Feb. 19-25: World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play -- TGC, NBC
    Feb. 19-25: Mayakoba Classic at Riviera Maya (Mexico) -- TGC
    Feb. 26-March 4: The Honda Classic -- TGC, NBC
    March 5-11: Tampa Bay Championship -- TGC, NBC
    March 12-18: Bay Hill Invitational presented by MasterCard -- TGC, NBC
    March 19-25: World Golf Championships-CA Championship -- TGC, NBC
    March 26-April 1: Shell Houston Open -- TGC, NBC
    April 2-8: The Masters -- USA,CBS
    April 9-15: MCI Heritage -- TGC, CBS
    April 16-22: Zurich Classic of New Orleans -- TGC, CBS
    April 23-29: EDS Byron Nelson Championship -- TGC, CBS
    April 30-May 6: Wachovia Championship -- TGC, CBS
    May 7-13: The Players Championship -- TGC, NBC
    May 14-20: BellSouth Classic -- TGC, CBS
    May 21-27: The Colonial Invitational -- TGC, CBS
    May 28-June 3: Memorial Tournament Presented by Morgan Stanley -- TGC, CBS
    June 4-10: Stanford St. Jude Championship -- TGC, CBS
    June 11-17: U.S. Open -- ESPN, NBC
    June 18-24: 84 LUMBER Classic -- TGC, CBS
    June 25-July 1: Buick Open -- TGC, CBS
    July 2-8: The International -- TGC, CBS
    July 9-15: John Deere Classic -- TGC, CBS
    July 16-22: British Open -- TNT, ABC
    July 16-22: U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee -- TGC
    July 23-29: Bell Canadian Open -- TGC, CBS
    July 30-Aug. 5: World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational -- TGC, CBS
    Aug. 6-12: PGA Championship -- TNT, CBS
    Aug. 13-19: Carolina Classic at Greensboro -- TGC, CBS
    Aug. 20-26: Barclays Classic -- TGC, CBS
    Aug. 27-Sept. 3: Deutsche Bank Championship -- TGC, NBC
    Sept. 3-9: Championship Series (Chicago) -- TGC, NBC
    Sept. 10-16: The Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola -- TGC, NBC
     
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    Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

    The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.


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    “To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

    To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

    “You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

    For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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    Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

    “I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”


    Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


    Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

    “Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

    That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

    “You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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    "Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

    Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

    Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

    To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

    “It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

    Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

    • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
    • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
    • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.

     

    “This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

    that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange

     

    “I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico

     

    Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

    Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

    (All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)