Golf Channel Announces Co-Hosts for New Weekday Morning Show

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 15, 2010, 1:57 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2010)—Golf Channel announced today that veteran sports broadcasters Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams will co-host the network’s first live, morning show, Morning Drive.

Set to debut Jan. 3 from 7-9 a.m. ET, Morning Drive will originate from a dedicated studio at Golf Channel’s Orlando, Fla., headquarters.  Although golf content will lead the way, the weekday show also will feature news and commentary about stories making headlines around the world, finance, pop culture – even weather.  In addition, some of the biggest names in golf, as well as personalities and celebrities from all walks of life, will regularly join the show as studio guests.

Kuselias comes to Golf Channel from ESPN, where he has been a host and analyst since 2003.  Most recently, while at ESPN, Kuselias created and hosted the Emmy Award-winning Fantasy Football NOW, was the primary host of College Football Live and The Erik Kuselias Show on ESPN Radio, and has been a fixture on Mike and Mike in the Morning.   Previously, Kuselias hosted the nationally syndicated SportsBash weekday afternoons on ESPN Radio, and in 2007, he was the anchor for NASCAR NOW, when it was nominated for an Emmy for 'Best Studio Show.' 

Williams comes from Sirius Satellite Radio, where he co-hosted the early morning show on Sirius’ Mad Dog Radio.  He also served as a lead host on the PGA TOUR Network on Sirius/XM.  Previously, Williams hosted the top-rated morning-drive sports-formatted radio program in Charlotte, N.C., for nine years.  His other on-air credits include play-by-play for ESPN and also the Carolina Panthers television network.

“Erik and Gary are welcome additions to the Golf Channel, and bring a wealth of diverse experience in broadcast journalism,” said Tom Stathakes, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming, production and operations.  “Both are incredible personalities and have a vast knowledge of golf and beyond, which should create for extremely interesting content on Morning Drive.”

Said Kuselias, “It’s exciting to be part of this new Golf Channel venture and I look forward to working with Gary and the production team to bring a dynamic morning program to viewers.”

“I’ve always been impressed with Golf Channel’s high-caliber broadcasts and talented reporters and commentators,” said Williams.  “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Erik Kuselias and the network’s production team in creating a morning show that will both inform and entertain Golf Channel fans.”  

Morning Drive joins an exciting new slate of original programming premiering this January, including the new docu-reality series Pipe Dream, which follows a homeless man’s extraordinary journey to regain his life and golf glory; the third season of The Haney Project, which will feature Rush Limbaugh as he attempts to improve his golf game under the guidance of one of the world’s best golf instructors and Tiger Woods’ former swing coach Hank Haney; and a look behind the scenes at the Trump golf empire on the second season of Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf.  January also marks the start of the 2011 PGA TOUR season, with the year’s first three events exclusively on Golf Channel.

About Golf Channel

Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla.  The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer and a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:  CMCSA, CMCSK), is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies.  Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original programming.  Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.

 

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.