NBC Sports Group Primed to Deliver Live Primetime Coverage of the LPGA's Second Major of 2016, KPMG Women's PGA Championship

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 6, 2016, 6:05 pm

Golf Channel and NBC to Provide Live Tournament Coverage – the Majority in Primetime – Supplemented by Wraparound News Coverage Throughout the Week Onsite at Sahalee Country Club near Seattle

Condoleezza Rice and Annika Sorenstam to Keynote KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Featuring Accomplished Leaders Inspiring Women; Streaming Live Globally across NBCUniversal Platforms on Wednesday, June 8

ORLANDO, Fla., May 31, 2016 – NBC Sports Group will dedicate more than 40 hours of comprehensive news and tournament coverage of the LPGA’s second major of 2016, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – including nearly 15 hours of live tournament coverage on Golf Channel and NBC – taking place at Sahalee Country Club near Seattle, Wash., June 6-12.

The PGA of America and KPMG joined forces with the LPGA Tour in 2015 to create a world-class major championship that not only sustains the 60-year legacy of the former LPGA Championship, but also provides a platform to inspire the next generation of women leaders and a charitable initiative to inspire future generations of leaders. A highlight of the week’s activities surrounding the championship will be the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, gathering some of the biggest names in business, politics, sports and media.

BROADCAST TEAM: Live tournament coverage of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be anchored by Terry Gannon and Hall of Famer Judy Rankin in the broadcast booth for Golf Channel’s Thursday and Friday coverage. Dan Hicks, Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam and Curt Byrum will be in the broadcast booth on the weekend for Golf Channel and NBC. Tom Abbott will be in a tower position, with Kay Cockerill and Mark Rolfing walking the course. Steve Sands will conduct player interviews.

ON-SITE NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel’s signature news program, Golf Central, will provide comprehensive, wraparound news coverage beginning Wednesday, June 8, produced on-location at Sahalee Country Club. In addition to daily shows, Golf Central will present special player news conference shows at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7-8. Cara Robinson will anchor Golf Central’s live coverage from Sahalee Country Club, joined by analysts Brandel Chamblee and Paige Mackenzie, and Cornwell reporting and conducting player interviews. Golf Channel analyst Karen Stupples will report for Morning Drive throughout the week with special features.

KPMG LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: Golf Central also will offer news coverage of the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be hosted on-site on Wednesday, June 8, and assemble accomplished leaders in sports, business, politics and media to inspire the next generation of women leaders. Condoleezza Rice and Sorenstam will keynote the gathering, with NBC’s Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya serving as master of ceremonies. Sessions will be moderated by NBC on-air talent including: NBC News and MSNBC Business Correspondent Olivia Sterns, CNBC Contributor Deirdre Bosa and Golf Channel/NBC play-by-play host Gannon. The summit will be streamed live on Wednesday on Golf Live Extra Powered by PlayMaker Media and via CNBC.com.

DIGITAL CONTENT:  Golf Channel Digital will feature expanded editorial content during KPMG Women’s PGA Championship week, with Golf Channel Digital senior writer Randall Mell reporting on-site from Sahalee Country Club throughout the week.

STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA/NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA:  All the news and tournament action surrounding the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online through the help of Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra. Fans also can stream NBC Sports’ coverage of live golf with NBC Sports Live Extra, both powered by PlayMaker Media.

GOLF CHANNEL / NBC LIVE TOURNAMENT AIRTIMES(all times Eastern):

Thursday, June 9                    Round 1                      7-10 p.m.                    Golf Channel

Friday, June 10                       Round 2                      7-10 p.m.                     Golf Channel

Saturday, June 11                   Round 3                      2-5 p.m.                       NBC

Saturday, June 11                   Round 3                      5-6 p.m.                       Golf Channel

Sunday, June 12                     Final Round                4:30-6 p.m.                  NBC

Sunday, June 12                     Final Round                6-8:30 p.m.                  Golf Channel

 **KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit will be streamed live on Golf Live Extra on Wednesday, June 8**

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Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.


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This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

“I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

“I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

“More punishment,” he said.

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DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.


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Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

• Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

• This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

• Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery

 


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• In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

• At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

• Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

• My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.