Golf Channels Ultimate Holiday Gift Packaged as 12 Nights at the Academy

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 15, 2010, 12:58 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2010) –  In the spirit of the holiday season, Golf Channel tidings will come in the form of a first-of-their-kind instructional specials – 12 Nights at the Academy – when some of the biggest names to ever play the game will share their secrets of success.  For 12 consecutive nights, golf legends, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Gary Player will each host their own, all-new instructional show, sharing stories and experiences from their legendary careers and providing viewers with everything they need to know in order to improve their golf game.  Several of the game’s top instructors, including Hank Haney and Sean Foley, will take part, as will one of the all-time greats in LPGA Tour history, Annika Sorenstam.  12 Nights at the Academy premieres on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. ET, with a new episode airing each night through Dec. 10.

In addition to the all-star lineup, 12 Nights at the Academy also will feature episodes hosted by three up-and-coming golf instructors selected from a nationwide search conducted by Golf Channel earlier this year – all hoping to host their own instructional series on the network.  The finalists’ shows will air Nov. 30, Dec. 5 and Dec. 7.

12 Nights at the Academy is an opportunity for us to treat our viewers this holiday season to something very special,” said Tom Stathakes, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming, production and operations. “Imagine having a half hour lesson with Jack Nicklaus or tips on how to improve your swing from Greg Norman.  We’re thrilled to bring several of these legendary golfers into the living rooms of golf fans and provide them with inside access to knowledge from some of the game’s best.”

Viewers will learn everything from how to practice like Tiger Woods to keeping better balance.   Each show will be co-hosted be a member of Golf Channel’s on-air team.  Exclusive video tips from each instructor also will be featured on www.GolfChannel.com/12-Nights.

Golf Channel’s Michael Breed, host of the network’s Monday night instruction show, The Golf Fix, will give viewers a sneak peek into some of the best moments and tips coming up in the series of shows in a half-hour preview show airing Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. ET.  Breed also will kick off the episodes on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. ET, when he will discuss spin – left-to-right and right-to-left off the tee – as well as backspin and topspin while putting.

Additional episodes of 12 Nights at the Academy include:

Arnold Palmer, regarded as the most-loved and one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, opens up his garage – his workshop – at his home at Orlando’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge.  Palmer shares with viewers the importance of the grip on the golf club and provides tips for low, mid and high handicap players.  In addition, he also shares stories and memories from the past six decades.  Air date: Dec. 10.

Gary Player, the most successful international golfer of all time and winner of 165 tournaments worldwide, reveals his secrets in how to play bunker shots.  Air date: Dec. 8

Jack Nicklaus, one of the world’s most iconic golfers who changed the face of the sport, teaches how to keep mental toughness and a good round going.  Air date: Dec. 9

Greg Norman, nicknamed the 'Great White Shark' for his aggressive golf style, shows viewers his teaching philosophy when it comes to ball striking and the short game.  Norman also discusses the importance of physical fitness.  Air date: Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. ET

Annika Sorenstam - TBD.  Air date: Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. ET

Hank Haney, one of the world’s best golf instructors and Tiger Woods’ former swing coach, gives his cure for slices and hooks, and shares the best tip he ever received.  His former pupil, Charles Barkley, also will call-in to the show.  Air date: Dec. 4

Sean Foley, Woods’ current swing coach, will discuss swing drills he takes Woods through.  Foley also discusses the swing philosophy he instills in all of his students – swinging around the spine.  Air date: Dec. 3

Short game specialist, Dave Stockton will be joined by his sons – Dave Jr. and Ron – to provide tips on putting.  Air date: Dec. 6

Rocco Mediate and swing coach Jimmy Ballard will discuss with viewers how Mediate changed his golf swing and resurrected his game after nearly retiring due to lingering back injuries.  Air date: Dec. 2

Golf Channel analysts Brandel Chamblee and Frank Nobilo will show viewers how the moment of impact is the most important aspect of the swing.  Air date: Dec. 1

 

12 Nights at the Academy Schedule (All Times Eastern)

Nov. 22            Preview Show, hosted by Michael Breed              7 p.m.

Nov. 29            Michael Breed                                                            7 p.m.
Nov. 29            Greg Norman                                                             7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30            Instructor Search Finalist #1                                   7 p.m.
Dec. 1              Brandel Chamblee/Frank Nobilo                           7 p.m.

Dec. 1              Annika Sorenstam                                                     7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2              Rocco Mediate with Jimmy Ballard                        7 p.m.
Dec. 3              Sean Foley                                                                  7 p.m.
Dec. 4              Hank Haney                                                                7 p.m.
Dec. 5              Instructor Search Finalist #2                                    7 p.m.
Dec. 6              Dave Stockton                                                             7 p.m.
Dec. 7              Instructor Search Finalist #3                                    7 p.m.
Dec. 8              Gary Player                                                                  7 p.m.
Dec. 9              Jack Nicklaus                                                              7 p.m.
Dec. 10            Arnold Palmer                                                             7 p.m.

 

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 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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 9:20 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.