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

By Golf Channel Public RelationsNovember 18, 2010, 4:07 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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Minjee Lee co-leads Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 12:25 am

ROGERS, Ark. - Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.

Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning pro three years ago. It's also an opportunity to put any lingering frustration over that missed cut two weeks ago behind her for good.

''I didn't particularly hit it bad, even though I missed the cut at ShopRite, I just didn't really hole any putts,'' Lee said. ''I'd been hitting it pretty solid going into that tournament and even into this tournament, too. Just to see a couple putts roll in has been nice.''

The 22-year-old Lee needed only 24 putts during her opening 64 on Friday, helping her to match the low round of her career. Despite needing 28 putts Saturday, she still briefly took the outright lead after reaching as low as 14 under after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.


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Lee missed the green on the par-4 ninth soon thereafter to lead to her only bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who is in pursuit of her first career win.

Hataoka birdied six of eight holes midway through her bogey-free round on Saturday. It was yet another stellar performance from the Japanese teenager, who has finished in the top 10 in four of her last five tournaments and will be a part of Sunday's final pairing.

''I try to make birdies and try to be under par, that's really the key for me to get a top ten,'' Hataoka said. ''Golf is just trying to be in the top 10 every single week, so that's the key.''

Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low round of the day with a 64 to get to 11 under. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening nine, The American is in search of her first win since September in the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier were 10 under.

First-round leader Gaby Lopez followed her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to 4 under. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis also was 4 under after a 72.

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Henley will try to put heat on Casey in final round

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:55 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – While it will be a tall task for anyone to catch Paul Casey at the Travelers Championship, the man who will start the round most within reach of the Englishman is Russell Henley.

Henley was in the penultimate group at TPC River Highlands on Saturday, but he’ll now anchor things during the final round as he looks to overcome a four-shot deficit behind Casey. After a 3-under 67, Henley sits at 12 under through 54 holes and one shot clear of the three players tied for third.

Henley closed his third round with a run of five straight pars, then became the beneficiary of a pair of late bogeys from Brian Harman that left Henley alone in second place.


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“Could have made a couple more putts, but to end with two up-and-downs like that was nice,” Henley said. “I felt a little bit weird over the shots coming in, put me in some bad spots. But it was nice to have the short game to back me up.”

Henley has won three times on Tour, most recently at the 2017 Houston Open, and he cracked the top 25 at both the Masters and U.S. Open. But with Casey riding a wave of confidence and coming off an 8-under 62 that marked the best round of the week, he knows he’ll have his work cut out for him in order to nab trophy No. 4.

“I think I can shoot a low number on this course. You’ve got to make the putts,” Henley said. “I’m definitely hitting it well enough, and if I can get a couple putts to fall, that would be good. But I can’t control what he’s doing. I can just try to keep playing solid.”

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Back from back injury, Casey eyeing another win

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:36 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Given his four-shot cushion at the Travelers Championship and his recent victory at the Valspar Championship, it’s easy to forget that Paul Casey hit the disabled list in between.

Casey had to withdraw from The Players Championship because of a bad back, becoming the only player in the top 50 in the world rankings to miss the PGA Tour’s flagship event. He flew back to England to get treatment, and Casey admitted that his T-20 finish at last month’s BMW PGA Championship came while he was still on the mend.

“I wasn’t 100 percent fit with the back injury, which was L-4, L-5, S-1 (vertebrae) all out of place,” Casey said. “Big inflammation, nerve pain down the leg and up the back. I didn’t know what was going on.”


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Thanks in large part to a combination of MRIs, back adjustments and anti-inflammatories, Casey finally turned the corner. His T-16 finish at last week’s U.S. Open was the first event for which he felt fully healthy since before the Players, and he’s on the cusp of a second title since March after successfully battling through the injury.

“We thought we were fixing it, but we weren’t. We were kind of hitting the effects rather than the cause,” Casey said. “Eventually we figured out the cause, which was structural.”

Casey started the third round at TPC River Highlands two shots off the lead, but he’s now four clear of Russell Henley after firing an 8-under 62 that marked the low round of the week.

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Bubba thinks he'll need a Sunday 60 to scare Casey

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:15 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Perhaps moreso than at most PGA Tour venues, a low score is never really out of reach at TPC River Highlands. Positioned as a welcome change of pace after the U.S. Open, the Travelers Championship offers a lush layout that often pushes the balance much closer to reward than risk.

This is where Jim Furyk shot a 58 on the par-70 layout two years ago – and he didn’t even win that week. So even though Paul Casey enters the final round with a commanding four-shot lead, there’s still plenty of hope for the chase pack that something special could be in store.

Count Bubba Watson among the group who still believe the title is up for grabs – even if it might require a Herculean effort, even by his standards.


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Watson has won the Travelers twice, including in a 2015 playoff over Casey. But starting the final round in a large tie for sixth at 10 under, six shots behind Casey, he estimates that he’ll need to flirt with golf’s magic number to give the Englishman something to worry about.

“My 7 under yesterday, I need to do better than that. I’m going to have to get to like 10 [under],” Watson said. “The only beauty is, getting out in front, you have a chance to put a number up and maybe scare them. But to scare them, you’re going to have to shoot 10 under at worst, where I’m at anyway.”

Watson started the third round three shots off the lead, and he made an early move with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 en route to an outward 32. The southpaw couldn’t sustain that momentum, as bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 turned a potential 65 into a relatively disappointing 67.

“Bad decision on the par-3, and then a very tough tee shot for me on 17, and it just creeped into the bunker,” Watson said. “Just, that’s golf. You have mistakes every once in a while.”