2014-2015 PGA TOUR Season Kicks Off On Golf Channel with Frys.com Open

By Golf Channel Public RelationsOctober 8, 2014, 9:35 pm

NBC Sports Group is set to kick off the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season tomorrow with exclusive coverage of nine tournaments through the balance of 2014.

The 2014-15 PGA TOUR season starts with a clean slate as players begin the year-long quest to qualify for the 2015 FedExCup Playoffs.  Live coverage of the Frys.com Open will air Thursday-Sunday from 5-8 p.m. ET from Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.  Golf Channel on NBC analyst and Hall-of-Famer Johnny Miller, one of the owners of Silverado, is serving as tournament honoree this week.

Golf Channel will continue with live coverage of all four rounds for the following six  tournaments on the PGA TOUR schedule, including:


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open    Thursday-Sunday (Oct. 16-19)        5-8 p.m. ET

The McGladrey Classic                        Thursday-Sunday (Oct. 23-26)          2-5 p.m. ET

CIMB Classic                                  Wednesday-Saturday (Oct. 29-Nov. 1)    11 p.m.- 3 a.m. ET     

WGC-HSBC Champions                    Wednesday-Saturday (Nov. 5-8)           10 p.m.-3 a.m. ET

Sanderson Farms Championship         Thursday-Sunday (Nov. 6-9)              2-5 p.m. ET

OHL Classic at Mayakoba                   Thursday-Sunday (Nov. 13-16)           2-5 p.m. ET

GOLF CHANNEL AND NBC TEAM UP IN DECEMBER FOR TIGER WOODS’ RETURN TO COMPETITION: In December, Golf Channel and NBC will team up for live coverage of the Hero World Challenge, hosted by Tiger Woods, and the scheduled return of Woods to tournament competition .  The Hero World Challenge, taking place at Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Fla., will feature 18 of the PGA TOUR’s top players competing in a 72-hole, stroke play event for a $1 million top prize.  Golf Channel will air live coverage Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5, followed by weekend coverage on NBC, Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7.

The PNC Father/Son Challenge – taking place at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla. – will wrap 2014 with a 20-team field made up of defending champions Stewart and Connor Cink, and 19 more of the game’s greatest golfers and their son or daughter.  Golf Channel and NBC will carry the two days of coverage, Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14.  Both events are unofficial events on the PGA TOUR schedule.

GOLF CHANNEL ON NBC TALENT FEATURED ON GOLF CHANNEL’S PGA TOUR COVERAGE: Golf Channel on NBC analysts Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch and Roger Maltbie will join Golf Channel’s broadcast team during the first several events of the 2014-15 season.  Maltbie will serve as lead analyst for the Frys.com Open; Jacobsen will be lead analyst for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and Gary Koch will join the broadcast booth as lead analyst for the McGladrey Classic.

GOLF CHANNEL GOES INSIDE THE ROPES WITH PRO-AM SPECIALS: Golf Channel will air hour-long Pro-Am specials from the first three events on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season – Frys.com Open, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and the McGladrey Classic.  The Pro-Am specials will take viewers inside the ropes with of the players in the field as they prepare for competition and share instruction tips and insight with viewers.

Frys.com Pro-Am                                           Wednesday, Oct. 8     9-10 p.m. ET

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open             Wednesday, Oct. 15   9-10 p.m. ET

McGladrey Classic                                          Wednesday, Oct. 22   5-6 p.m. ET

PROTRACER RETURNS TO GOLF CHANNEL COVERAGE: Protracer, a graphic technology that displays the trajectory and flight of a golf ball, will be featured throughout the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season on Golf Channel, beginning this week at the Frys.com Open.  Golf Channel utilized Protracer at select events in 2014, including its Spotlight Coverage of PGA TOUR events and during its Live From news coverage from the driving ranges and golf’s Major Championships.

LIVE STREAMING COVERAGE OF THE PGA TOUR ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA: All PGA TOUR coverage on Golf Channel and NBC is streamed live via Golf Live Extra and NBC Sports Live Extra.

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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.

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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.

Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.

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Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.

That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.

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Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

And then he aced the par-3 seventh.

Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!