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By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 8, 2005, 4:00 pm

The Golf Channel is the exclusive television home of the 2005 Solheim Cup. The network will devote more than 65 hours of programming to the international event from Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
23 hours of live Solheim Cup tournament coverage.
9 a.m. ' 5 p.m. ET, Sept. 9 ' 10
9 a.m. ' 4 p.m. ET, Sept. 11
Daily prime-time replays.
7:30 ' 11:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 9 ' 11

Additional Solheim Cup tournament programming:
News Conferences
Sept. 6, 1 ' 3 p.m. ET
Sept. 7, 1 ' 4 p.m. ET
Sept. 8, 1 ' 2 p.m. ET
Viewers will hear live perspectives from the captains (Nancy Lopez and Catrin Nilsmark) and players about the course and competitive spirit going into the tournament.
2005 Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony
Sept. 8, 7 ' 8:30 p.m. ET
With The Golf Channels Kelly Tilghman serving as Master of Ceremony, the 2005 Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony will include a governor's welcome, introduction of the captains and teams, national anthems and announcement of pairings.
Golf Central
Sept. 5 ' 7, 7 ' 7:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 8, 6:30 ' 7 p.m. ET
Sept. 9 ' 11, 7 ' 7:30 p.m. ET
The live, daily source for the most up-to-date,
in-depth news on the Solheim Cup. Golf Central carries the latest scores and highlights from all the major tours. The experienced staff featuring Jennifer Mills in the networks Orlando studios plus a team of experts will provide insight and commentary on the days hottest stories, including daily reports from Crooked Stick, the business impact on the Indianapolis area, and features on the Solheim Cups most colorful personalities.
Sprint Post Game
Sept. 8, 8:30 ' 9:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 9 ' 10, 5 ' 5:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 11, 4 ' 4:30 p.m. ET
Following the Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony and each days live action, the Orlando, Fla., based Sprint Post Game hosted by Kraig Kann, will provide an action-packed show that is personality-driven and designed to provide The Golf Channel viewers with a comprehensive look at the 2005 Solheim Cup. Analysts Peter Oosterhuis and Mark Lye, and Golf Channel Insider Brian Hewitt will break down trends and statistics, conduct live interviews, discuss news conferences and feature stories from tournament venues.

Brian Hammons, host
Back home in his native Indiana, Brian Hammons is the voice for the networks LPGA Tour coverage. Also anchor for the award-winning news show, Golf Central, Hammons travels to the major championship venues to host special editions of Golf Central. With a wealth of sports anchoring experience under his belt, Hammons joined The Golf Channel from WXIN-TV (FOX) in Indianapolis, Ind., where he served as the weeknight sports anchor for the stations nightly newscasts. His duties included serving as studio host of Indiana Pacers telecasts (pregame, halftime and postgame shows) while also anchoring Sportsview, the stations Sunday night sports highlight show. Hammons has also worked for ABC, ESPN, Prime and NBC Sports as a motorsports announcer.
Dottie Pepper, analyst
A six-time U.S. Solheim Cup team member, where her patriotism and passion for the event were renowned, Dottie Pepper is familiar with what the ladies have in store. Pepper joined The Golf Channel in 2005 following her retirement from the LPGA Tour. In her new capacity, Pepper serves as lead analyst for various network tournament telecasts, including a majority of LPGA events. She also contributes to other studio-based shows, including Golf Central and Sprint Post-Game. During her 17 year professional career Pepper has recorded 17 victories, including two major championships, Her most successful year was 1992 while winning four times and leading the tour in scoring average and winnings. She was named Rolex Player of the Year, won the Vare Trophy and the Golf Writers Association of Americas Female Player of the Year award. In 2000, she was recognized during the LPGAs 50th Anniversary as one of the LPGAs top-50 players and teachers.
Donna Caponi, on-course reporter
Donna Caponi serves as an on-course reporter for select Champions Tour events and an analyst for LPGA Tour events on The Golf Channel. Caponi will serve as the U.S. assistant captain, providing Rosie Jones makes the team and plays. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001, Caponis expertise comes from playing 25 years on the LPGA Tour (1965-1989), where she won 24 events, including victories at the 1969 and 1970 U.S. Womens Open, the 1978 Peter Jackson Classic (when it was an LPGA major), the 1979 and 1981 LPGA Championships and the 1979 Dinah Shore. She was named by GOLF Magazine as one of the 100 Heroes of the First Century and serves as a PGA professional at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif., home of the LPGAs Kraft Nabisco Championship. Caponis past television credits include work for ESPN, NBC, CBS and TBS.
Kay Cockerill, on-course reporter
A two-time All-American at UCLA and the 1986 and 1987 U.S. Womens Amateur Champion, Kay Cockerill is an on-course reporter for The Golf Channels live tournament coverage of the LPGA and Nationwide Tour. Cockerills experience on the course comes from her strong knowledge of the game having played on the LPGA Tour from 1987-88. She received the 1992 Budget Service Award and 1993 Good Sport Award from Sports Illustrated for Kids for her outstanding community service and dedication to golf. Cockerill gives viewers an inside look at the hottest trends and issues surrounding the LPGA Tour.
Rich Lerner, essayist
A host of The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage, Rich Lerner brings his wealth of reporting experience to the Solheim Cup. Lerner has served as reporter/anchor for the networks nightly news show, Golf Central, and continues to be the shows essayist during its major championship coverage. He served as the main commentator for the networks LPGA Tour coverage in 2003 and often writes, produces and hosts original network specials like Courage on the Fairways, Tiger Woods: Millennium Man and New York Stories of Enduring Spirit. Prior to joining The Golf Channel, Lerner was the host of a Prime Sports Radio Network afternoon-drive talk show distributed to approximately 100 stations nationwide.
Val Skinner, on-course reporter
1996 U.S. Solheim Cup team member Val Skinner joined The Golf Channel as an on-course reporter for its coverage of the LPGA Tour. A 20-year LPGA Tour veteran, six-time winner and 1982 Rookie of the Year, she is known as a fierce and determined competitor both on the course and off. Skinners philanthropic undertakings include raising awareness and funds for women in crisis groups and founding the Val Skinner Foundation and LIFE (LPGA Pros In the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer). The program is designed to raise money to not only eliminate breast cancer but to also educate young women about the disease, and has raised over $2.5 million for breast cancer research and education during the past five years. Skinner was named GOLF magazines Collegiate Player of the Year and Big Eight Female Athlete of the Year in 1982. She is a member of the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Golf Hall of Fame and the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame.

Bob Greenway, executive vice president, production, programming & operations
Tony Tortorici, executive producer
Jeff Gershengorn, producer
Phil Esposito, director

TV Compound ' From a distance, it looks like a small city.
Production Trucks ' Incorporates new digital technology. Essential for all live broadcasts, two 53-foot tractor-trailers make up the largest part of the compound.
Production Crew ' With no less than 15 people at each event, the number of people varies based on each tournament.
Announce Team ' comprised of 5 ' 7 hosts, analysts, and on-course reporters
Technical Crew ' The technical crew, which encompasses every crew member from camera operations and tape operations to audio and video engineers includes at least 60 people.
Vendor Crew ' The other segment of the operations, including caterers, crane and uplink crews usually makes up more than 20 people.
Video/Audio Cable ' A typical event will be supplied with more than 135,000 feet of cable designated for both audio and video.
Cameras ' As the host broadcaster, The Golf Channel will have 28 cameras for domestic and international production coverage. 4 - 6 of the cameras are digital wireless technology. A typical event generally has 14 cameras.
Microphones ' More than 50 microphones surround the golf course. Some utilize new digital wireless technology for better mobility of the announce team.
Video monitors ' The 70-plus monitors are wired all over the golf course.
Event Set-Up ' Normally, The Golf Channel arrives a week in advance to set up a four-round event.
Event Break-Down ' As quickly as the event goes up, it takes the greater part of one day to tear it down and head to the next venue.

For more information contact, The Golf Channel Public Relations, 407/355-4653
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Na: I can admit, 'I went through the yips'

By Rex HoggardJuly 17, 2018, 3:35 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following his victory two weeks ago at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, Kevin Na said his second triumph on the PGA Tour was the most rewarding of his career.

Although he declined to go into details as to why the victory was so gratifying at The Greenbrier, as he completed his practice round on Tuesday at the Open Championship, Na shed some light on how difficult the last few years have been.

“I went through the yips. The whole world saw that. I told people, 'I can’t take the club back,'” Na said on Tuesday at Carnoustie. “People talked about it, 'He’s a slow player. Look at his routine.' I was admitting to the yips. I didn’t use the word ‘yip’ at the time. Nobody wants to use that word, but I’m over it now so I can use it. The whole world saw it.”

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Na, who made headlines for his struggles to begin his backswing when he found himself in the lead at the 2012 Players Championship, said he asked other players who had gone through similar bouts with the game’s most dreaded ailment how they were able to get through it.

“It took time,” he said. “I forced myself a lot. I tried breathing. I tried a trigger. Some guys will have a forward press or the kick of the right knee. That was hard and the crap I got for it was not easy.”

The payoff, however, has steadily arrived this season. Na said he’d been confident with his game this season following a runner-up showing at the Genesis Open and a fourth-place finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, and he felt he was close to a breakthrough. But being able to finish a tournament like he did at The Greenbrier, where he won by five strokes, was particularly rewarding.

“All good now,” he smiled. “I knew I was good enough to win again, but until you do it sometimes you question yourself. It’s just the honest truth.”

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Koepka still has chip on his chiseled shoulder

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 3:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brooks Koepka prepared more for this Open than last year's.

He picked up his clubs three times.

That’s three more than last summer, when the only shots he hit between the summer Opens was during a commercial shoot for Michelob Ultra at TPC Sawgrass. He still tied for sixth at The Open a month later.

This time, Koepka kept his commitment to play the Travelers, then hit balls three times between the final round in Hartford and this past Sunday, when he first arrived here at Carnoustie.

Not that he was concerned, of course.

Koepka’s been playing golf for nearly 20 years. He wasn’t about to forget to how to swing a club after a few weeks off.

“It was pretty much the same thing,” he said Tuesday, during his pre-tournament news conference. “I shared it with one of my best friends, my family, and it was pretty much the same routine. It was fun. We enjoyed it. But I’m excited to get back inside the ropes and start playing again. I think you need to enjoy it any time you win and really embrace it and think about what you’ve done.”

At Shinnecock Hills, Koepka became the first player in nearly 30 years to repeat as U.S. Open champion – a major title that helped him shed his undeserved reputation as just another 20-something talent who relies solely on his awesome power. In fact, he takes immense pride in his improved short game and putting inside 8 feet.

“I can take advantage of long golf courses,” he said, “but I enjoy plotting my way around probably - more than the bombers’ golf courses - where you’ve got to think, be cautious sometimes, and fire at the center of the greens. You’ve got to be very disciplined, and that’s the kind of golf I enjoy.”

Which is why Koepka once again fancies his chances here on the type of links that helped launch his career.

Koepka was out of options domestically after he failed to reach the final stage of Q-School in 2012. So he packed his bags and headed overseas, going on a tear on the European Challenge Tour (Europe’s equivalent of the Web.com circuit) and earning four titles, including one here in Scotland. That experience was the most fun and beneficial part of his career, when he learned to win, be self-sufficient and play in different conditions.

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

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“There’s certain steps, and I embraced it,” Koepka said. “I think that’s where a lot of guys go wrong. You are where you are, and you have to make the best of it instead of just putting your head down and being like, 'Well, I should be on the PGA Tour.' Well, guess what? You’re not. So you’ve got to suck it up wherever you are, make the best of it, and keep plugging away and trying to win everything you can because, eventually, if you’re good enough, you will get out here.”

Koepka has proved that he’s plenty good enough, of course: He’s a combined 20 under in the majors since the beginning of 2017, the best of any player during that span. But he still searches long and hard for a chip to put on his chiseled shoulder.

In his presser after winning at Shinnecock, Koepka said that he sometimes feels disrespected and forgotten, at least compared to his more-ballyhooed peers. It didn’t necessarily bother him – he prefers to stay out of the spotlight anyway, eschewing a media tour after each of his Open titles – but it clearly tweaked him enough for him to admit it publicly.

That feeling didn’t subside after he went back to back at the Open, either. On U.S. Open Sunday, ESPN’s Instagram page didn’t showcase a victorious Koepka, but rather a video of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. dunking a basketball.

“He’s like 6-foot-2. He’s got hops – we all know that – and he’s got hands. So what’s impressive about that?” Koepka said. “But I always try to find something where I feel like I’m the underdog and put that little chip on my shoulder. Even if you’re No. 1, you’ve got to find a way to keep going and keep that little chip on.

“I think I’ve done a good job of that. I need to continue doing that, because once you’re satisfied, you’re only going to go downhill. You try to find something to get better and better, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Now 28, Koepka has a goal of how many majors he’d like to win before his career is over, but he wasn’t about to share it.

Still, he was adamant about one thing: “Right now I’m focused on winning. That’s the only thing I’ve got in my mind. Second place just isn’t good enough. I finished second a lot, and I’m just tired of it. Once you win, it kind of propels you. You have this mindset where you just want to keep winning. It breeds confidence, but you want to have that feeling of gratification: I finally did this. How cool is this?”

So cool that Koepka can’t wait to win another one.

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Despite results, Thomas loves links golf

By Jay CoffinJuly 17, 2018, 2:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Despite poor results in two previous Open Championships, Justin Thomas contends that he has what it takes to be a good links player. In fact, he believes that he is a good links player.

Two years ago at Royal Troon, Thomas shot 77 in the second round to tie for 53rd place. He was on the wrong side of the draw that week that essentially eliminated anyone from contention who played late Friday afternoon.

Last year at Royal Birkdale, Thomas made a quintuple-bogey 9 on the par-4 sixth hole in the second round and missed the cut by two shots.

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

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“I feel like I’ve played more than two Opens, but I haven’t had any success here,” Thomas said Tuesday at Carnoustie. “I feel like I am a good links player, although I don’t really have the results to show.”

Although he didn’t mention it as a reason for success this week, Thomas is a much different player now than he was two years ago, having ascended to the No. 1 position in the world for a few weeks and now resting comfortably in the second spot.

He also believes a high golf IQ, and the ability to shape different shots into and with the wind are something that will help him in The Open over the next 20 years.

“I truly enjoy the creativity,” Thomas said. “It presents a lot of different strategies, how you want to play it, if you want to be aggressive, if you want to be conservative, if you want to attack some holes, wait on certain winds, whatever it might be. It definitely causes you to think.

“With it being as firm as it is, it definitely adds a whole other variable to it.”

@CallawayGolf via @goodwalkspoiled on Twitter

Watch: Phil flops ball over guy's head from 2 feet away

By Nick MentaJuly 17, 2018, 2:46 pm

Sure, you trust Phil Mickelson to hit a flop shot. But would you trust him to hit one over your head from 2 feet away?

Evidently, this guy did, and his faith was rewarded.

Callaway Golf sent out this Twitter video on Tuesday taken by Mickelson's bother and caddie, Tim, ahead of this week's Open at Carnoustie:

If you look closely, you can see the guy holding his ... breath.

Yeah, that's it. His breath.