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Augusta National Women's Amateur to be broadcast on NBC, Saturday, April 6

By Golf Channel Public RelationsSeptember 12, 2018, 3:10 pm

Weekend Prior to the Masters to Feature Live Coverage off Augusta National Women’s Amateur on NBC; Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals and Golf Central’s Live From the Masters on Golf Channel

Ticket Applications Now Available via ANWAgolf.com

Next April, the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur (ANWA) will feature the best female amateur golfers in the world competing at Augusta National Golf Club. NBC Sports Group has been named the broadcast partner and will deliver live broadcast and digital event coverage of the final round on Saturday, April 6 (Noon-3 p.m. ET) on NBC. Golf Channel also will utilize its all-encompassing digital and news platforms to cover the championship, including debuting Golf Central’s Live From the Masters on Friday, April 5. Coverage will include showcasing the ANWA field’s experience during their practice round at Augusta National Golf Club, and recapping their first two competitive rounds at nearby Champions Retreat Golf Club.

“Partnering with Augusta National Golf Club to elevate the women’s game through the Augusta National Women’s Amateur represents another NBC Sports milestone in highlighting the best in women’s sports,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports Group. “We share in Augusta National’s commitment to inspire new generations of golfers by showcasing the world’s best female amateurs at historic Augusta National Golf Club.”

To round out the weekend, ANWA coverage will be complemented by NBC Sports’ coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday, April 7, on Golf Channel, which will provide live coverage of the preeminent junior golf event for the sixth year. The Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals are the culmination of free, nationwide junior golf development competitions focused on the three fundamental skills employed in golf.

“NBC Sports is dedicated to all aspects of the game of golf, and we take great pride in utilizing our storytelling expertise to profile the best golfers from around the globe,” said Molly Solomon, EVP, Content and Executive Producer, Golf Channel. “Like our efforts to highlight junior golf via the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, we cherish the opportunity to introduce sports fans to these premier female golfers as they compete at Augusta National Golf Club for the first time.”

The announcement was made on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive today with Mike Tirico, who will be hosting NBC Sports coverage of the ANWA.

“Just look at what Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals has done for junior golf,” Tirico said. “It inspires junior golfers at most every club around the country that has a junior program. So if Augusta National can do that for junior golf around the country, think what this will do for women’s amateur golf. The Augusta National Women’s Amateur will inspire young players with the chance to win a prestigious championship that’ll be contested by the best in the world – their peers – at Augusta National. I’m sure there are lots of young ladies who will have this as a dream destination when they’re practicing on those early mornings and late evenings.”

 

AUGUSTA NATIONAL WOMEN’S AMATEUR: Gathering the week before the Masters Tournament next April, the international field of 72 players will compete over 54 holes of stroke play, with a cut taking place after 36 holes. The first two rounds will take place on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club, Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4. The entire field then will play Augusta National for an official practice round Friday, April 5. The final round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday, April 6 and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut.

Golf fans wishing to attend any of next year’s competition rounds can now request a ticket application via ANWAgolf.com, the event’s official website. Tickets will be sold in advance, but only after receipt of an online application. Applications will be accepted through September 30. All applicants will be notified in late October when the selection process is complete. For more information, please visit ANWAgolf.com and follow the event’s official social media channels across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Lewis wins Portugal Masters for second time

By Associated PressSeptember 23, 2018, 6:19 pm

VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis won the Portugal Masters for a second time after shooting a 5-under 66 in Sunday's final round.

Lewis finished three strokes ahead of fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell (67) and Australia's Lucas Herbert (71).

Sergio Garcia prepared for the Ryder Cup next weekend with a 65 to finish seven strokes behind Lewis.

Lewis made six birdies along with a single bogey on No. 10 to finish the tournament at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course on 22-under 262.

Herbert led through the first three rounds only to struggle on the final day. He hit a double bogey on the final hole to finish the round on par.

Lewis had trailed Herbert by nine shots after the first round.

''It's been a rough ride but this week I played hard,'' Lewis said. ''I obviously got off to a bad start, to finish the way I've been finishing has been brilliant.''

Lewis first won the tournament in 2011.

''I think this one means more,'' Lewis said, ''it means a lot to come and win this again.''

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 23, 2018, 3:00 pm

Tiger Woods began the final round of the Tour Championship with a three-shot lead, and he's cruising at East Lake. We're tracking him.


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Rose tries to ignore scenarios, focus on winning

By Rex HoggardSeptember 23, 2018, 12:59 am

ATLANTA – No one has more to play for than Justin Rose on Sunday at the Tour Championship.

The Englishman will begin the day three strokes behind front-runner Tiger Woods after a third-round 68 that could have been much worse after he began his day with back-to-back bogeys.

Winning the tournament will be Rose’s top priority, but there’s also the lingering question of the FedExCup and the $10 million bonus, which he is currently projected to claim.


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“The way I look at tomorrow is that I have many scenarios in play. I have the FedExCup in play. I have all of that to distract me,” Rose said. “But yet, I'm three back. I think that's my objective tomorrow is to come out and play good, positive golf and try and chase down the leader and win this golf tournament. I think in some ways that'll help my other task of trying to win the FedExCup. It'll keep me on the front foot and playing positive golf.”

Although there are many scenarios for Rose to win the season-long title, if Woods wins the Tour Championship, Rose would need to finish fifth or better to claim the cup.

There’s also the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking to consider. Rose overtook Dustin Johnson for No. 1 in the world with his runner-up finish at the BMW Championship two weeks ago. He will retain the top spot unless Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka or Johnson win the finale and he falls down the leaderboard on Sunday.

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McIlroy needs putter to heat up to catch Woods

By Rex HoggardSeptember 23, 2018, 12:29 am

ATLANTA – Although Rory McIlroy is three strokes behind Tiger Woods at the Tour Championship and tied for second place he had the look of a man with a secret when he left East Lake on Saturday.

Trying to play catch up against Woods is never ideal, but McIlroy’s confidence stemmed from a tee-to-green game that has been unrivaled for three days.

“I definitely think today and the first day were similar,” said McIlroy, whose 66 included birdies at two of his final three holes. “I gave myself plenty of chances, and I think the biggest thing today was only just that one bogey. Got to put your ball in the fairway, put yourself in position, and for the most part, I did that today.”


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For the week McIlroy ranks first in strokes gained: off the tee, third in strokes gained: approach to the green and second in greens in regulation. But to catch Woods, who he will be paired with, he’ll need a much better day on the greens.

The Northern Irishman needed 30 putts on Day 2 and ranks 23rd, out of 30 players, in strokes gained: putting.

McIlroy skipped the first playoff event, opting instead for an extra week at home to work on his swing and the move has paid off.

“I hit the ball well. My wedge play has been really good,” he said. “I've done a lot of work on it the last few weeks, and it seems to have paid off.”