bJELD-WEN Tradition on The Golf Channel Fact Sheetb
The Golf Channel is the exclusive cable television home of the Champions Tour through 2008. The network will televise 23 events in 2005 V including the seasons final major, the JELD-WEN Tradition.
12 hours of live JELD-WEN Tradition tournament coverage.
3 - 6 p.m. PT, Aug. 25 - 28
Daily prime-time replay.
7:30 - 10 p.m. PT, Aug. 25 - 28
Additional JELD-WEN Tradition tournament programming:
Champions Tour Learning Center
Monday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. PT
Hosted by David Marr III, Champions Tour Learning Center complements The Golf Channels exclusive live tournament coverage of the Champions Tour as it explores the golf know-how shared by some of the most successful players to ever play the game. The Golf Channel allows its viewers to tap into that wealth of information every Monday night.
Aug. 25 - 28, 7 - 7:30 p.m. PT
The live, daily source for the most up-to-date, in-depth golf news in the world, Golf Central carries the latest scores and highlights from all the major tours. A staff of experienced golf reporters and analysts provide insight and commentary on the days hottest stories, including daily reports from the field, the business of golf and features on the games most colorful personalities.
Sprint Post Game
Aug. 25 - 28, 6 - 7 p.m. PT
An action-packed hour that is personality-driven and designed to provide viewers with a comprehensive look at all the major tournament action in the current week. Analysts breakdown trends and statistics, have live interviews, discuss news conferences and feature stories from tournament venues.
Rich Lerner, host
As host of The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage, Rich Lerner brings a wealth of experience to the broadcast booth. 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 K 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.
Brandel Chamblee, analyst
As an analyst for The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage, Chamblee makes a full-time transition from playing on the PGA TOUR V where he won the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open V to the broadcast booth. An All-American at the University of Texas, his career highlights include sharing the first-round lead at the Masters in 1999 and finishing among the Top-100 on the TOUR money list for the sixth straight hear in 2000. In addition to analyst duties for the Champions Tour Chamblee also is a contributing analyst for The Golf Channels Sprint Post Game.
David Marr III, interviewer
David Marr III serves as the main interviewer for The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage and hosts Champions Tour Learning Center, a weekly, 30-minute show dedicated to game improvement and featuring a variety of players currently competing on the Champions Tour. He made his debut with The Golf Channel as its Golf Central Updates anchor, and also could be seen anchoring Golf Central and filing special reports during the networks coverage of the four major championships. Prior to joining The Golf Channel, Marr served as a commentator for WHDH-TV (NBC, Boston) during the 1999 Ryder Cup Matches, where he received rave reviews. He is the son of 1965 PGA Championship winner, 1965 Ryder Cup player and 1981 Ryder Cup Captain Dave Marr. A New York City native, Marr III is a graduate of Bucknell University.
Mark Lye, on-course reporter
A professional golfer since 1975, Mark Lye recently made the transition from The Golf Channels main analyst to an on-course reporter in order to compete in select Champions Tour events. The On the Mark feature incorporated into the networks Champions Tour telecasts V which showcases Lye wearing a microphone during competition V has become a viewer favorite. He also regularly contributes his expertise for The Golf Channels Sprint Post Game and special editions of Golf Central. In his 18-year pro career, Lye earned nearly $2 million on the PGA TOUR, with his best year in 1983 when he captured the Bank of Boston Classic and finished 28th on the money list. Lye graduated from San Jose State in 1975, where he was a three-time All-American.
Donna Caponi, on-course reporter
Donna Caponi serves as an on-course reporter for select Champions Tour events on The Golf Channel. 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.
Bob Greenway, Exec. Vice President, Programming & Production
Tony Tortorici, executive producer
Keith Hirshland, managing director, live tournaments
Phil Esposito, director
For more information contact, The Golf Channel Public Relations, 407/355-4653
Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite
Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.
Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.
Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.
Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:
12/1: Dustin Johnson
16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose
20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm
25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods
30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed
40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton
50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick
60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson
80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele
100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen
Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC
If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.
Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.
Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.
There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.
There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.
Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.
John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.
Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.
Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.
Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.
“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”
Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.
“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”
But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.
“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”
Harrington: Fiery Carnoustie evokes Hoylake in '06
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – One course came to mind when Padraig Harrington arrived on property and saw a firm, fast and yellow Carnoustie.
Hoylake in 2006.
That's when Tiger Woods avoided every bunker, bludgeoned the links with mid-irons and captured the last of his three Open titles.
So Harrington was asked: Given the similarity in firmness between Carnoustie and Hoylake, can Tiger stir the ghosts this week?
“I really don’t know,” Harrington said Monday. “He’s good enough to win this championship, no doubt about it. I don’t think he could play golf like the way he did in 2006. Nobody else could have tried to play the golf course the way he did, and nobody else could have played the way he did. I suspect he couldn’t play that way now, either. But I don’t know if that’s the strategy this week, to lay up that far back.”
With three days until the start of this championship, that’s the biggest question mark for Harrington, the 2007 winner here. He doesn’t know what his strategy will be – but his game plan will need to be “fluid.” Do you attack the course with driver and try to fly the fairway bunkers? Or do you attempt to lay back with an iron, even though it’s difficult to control the amount of run-out on the baked-out fairways and bring the bunkers into play?
“The fairways at Hoylake are quite flat, even though they were very fast,” Harrington said. “There’s a lot of undulations in the fairways here, so if you are trying to lay up, you can get hit the back of a slope and kick forward an extra 20 or 30 yards more than you think. So it’s not as easy to eliminate all the risk by laying up.”