Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open Headlines Nearly 60 Live Hours of News, Analysis and Highlights, June 12-18 on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 8, 2017, 8:30 pm

U.S. Open Week Features Include: Defending Champion Dustin Johnson, History of Erin Hills and the 50-Year Anniversary of Amateur Marty Fleckman Leading the 1967 U.S. Open After Three Rounds

Golf Channel Digital to Offer Live Blog for One-Stop Destination for All Things Surrounding 117th U.S. Open

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 8, 2017) Golf Channel has announced its programming plans for the 117th U.S. Open, taking place June 12-18 at Erin Hills golf course north of Milwaukee, led by Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open contributing to nearly 60 total hours of live news coverage throughout the week.

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open will originate primarily from a dedicated set overlooking the cottages of Erin Hills near the 1st tee. Golf Channel’s on-site news presence will feature multiple strategic camera locations, including adjacent to the driving range, short game area and putting green to give viewers an inside the ropes perspective as players in the field prepare for competition.

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open will begin on Monday, June 12 and continue through Sunday, June 18. Rich Lerner, Mike Tirico, Ryan Burr and Kelly Tilghman will rotate hosting duties, while Notah Begay, Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Justin Leonard, Frank Nobilo, Mark Rolfing and Michael Breed will serve as analysts. Golf Channel Insiders Tim Rosaforte, Rex Hoggard and Ken Schofield along with award-winning author John Feinstein will offer insight and storylines on players in the field, while Todd Lewis and Steve Burkowski will provide reports from inside the ropes and conduct player interviews.

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open Scheduled Features:

  • History of Erin Hills and How it Became a U.S. Open Venue: Golf Channel Travel Insider Matt Ginella will give viewers an inside look at the history of Erin Hills, how it initially struggled through financial hardships before ultimately being awarded the U.S. Open in 2010.
  • Defending champion and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson – Rich Lerner takes a look back at the 2016 U.S. Open and Dustin Johnson’s first major championship victory. The feature also will give a behind the scenes look at Johnson off the course, including interviews with Paulina and Wayne Gretzky.
  • 1967 U.S. Open – 50 years ago, 23-year old amateur Marty Fleckman became the first amateur to lead the U.S. Open after 54 holes in over 30 years. He would go on to shoot a final-round 80, losing to Jack Nicklaus. Later that year, Fleckman turned professional and won his first start on the PGA TOUR, but never won again. In a ‘where are they now’ feature, Golf Channel visits with Fleckman, now a teaching professional in Texas, to recollect on the 1967 U.S. Open and his career that followed.

Morning Drive

Morning Drive will kick off each day of U.S. Open week with the latest news and storylines surrounding the competition. The show will feature live reports from Erin Hills with Gary Williams, Charlie Rymer, John Cook and Matt Ginella, who will be joined by other guests throughout the week.              

The Golf Fix

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air on Monday, June 12 at 6 p.m. ET, live from the driving range at Erin Hills. The show will focus on challenges the players will face, including long rough and fast greens. PGA TOUR winner Kevin Kisner and his coach, John Tillery also are scheduled to join the show.               

PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center

On Monday, June 12 at 11:30 p.m. ET, PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center will air a new episode dedicated to the U.S. Open. 1983 U.S. Open winner Larry Nelson, two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen, current U.S. Senior Open winner Gene Sauers and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker all will join host David Marr III to help preview the major championship.

International U.S. Open Programming

Golf Channel also will produce live international U.S. Open news programming from its Orlando World Headquarters in both Japanese and Mandarin. The shows will feature live reports and custom content from Erin Hills throughout the week. These productions will complement the international distribution of Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open, which is distributed to markets within Golf Channel’s worldwide footprint in to nearly 500 million viewers in 78 countries and nine languages.

Digital and Social Coverage

Golf Channel Digital will feature expanded coverage from its team of writers on-site at Erin Hills: Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner, Randall Mell and Will Gray. Content will be driven by a live blog which will serve as the one-stop destination for everything U.S. Open. Coverage also will include up-to-the-minute scoring updates, features, analysis and reaction to emerging storylines and photo galleries.

Lisa Cornwell, Chantel McCabe, Brian Bateman and Tripp Isenhour will provide previews, analysis and news coverage throughout the week via Golf Channel Digital and Golf Channel’s social media platforms, originating from Golf Channel’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla., including “Instant Analysis” online once tournament play begins.

U.S. Open Week Programming Air Times (all times ET):

Monday, June 12

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

1-4 p.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

7-9 p.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Tuesday, June 13

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

9 a.m.-6 p.m.                           Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

7-9 p.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Wednesday, June 14

7-9:30 a.m.                              Morning Drive

9:30 a.m.-Noon                       Golf Central                           

Noon-5 p.m.                            Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

7-9 p.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Thursday, June 15

6-8 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

8-9 a.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

9-9:30 a.m.                              Golf Central

9:30-11 a.m.                            Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

9-11 p.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Friday, June 16

6-8 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

8-9 a.m.                                   Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

9-9:30 a.m.                              Golf Central

9:30-11 a.m.                            Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

9-11 p.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Saturday, June 17

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

9-11 a.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

8-10 p.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Sunday, June 18

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

9-11 a.m.                                 Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

8:30-10:30 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

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Watch: Reed races in 40-footer to put away Spieth

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 10:19 pm

Three up with three holes to play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Patrick Reed missed an opportunity to close out his match with Jordan Spieth when Spieth won the 16th hole with a birdie.

But Reed wouldn't let the match move to 18. Putting for birdie from the apron, 40 feet from the hole, at the par-3 17th, Reed raced in this putt to end the match.

With the win, Reed moved to 3-0-0 for the week and advanced to the weekend at Austin Country Club.

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Garcia's win-win situation: Move on or baby time

By Rex HoggardMarch 23, 2018, 9:45 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Given his status as one of Europe’s preeminent Ryder Cup players, Sergio Garcia’s record at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is nothing short of inexplicable.

In 15 starts at the event, the Spaniard has played the weekend just once – in 2010 when he lost in the semifinals to Ian Poulter – and since the event pivoted to round-robin play he’s never made it out of the group stages.

His fortunes have changed dramatically this year, with Garcia going undefeated in pool play and cruising to the Sweet 16 following a 3-and-1 victory over Xander Schauffele on Friday.

“I would love to have done a little better than I have,” said Garcia, who will play Kyle Stanley in the Round of 16 early Saturday. “I have had some good weeks here. But not probably as good as I should have. So hopefully this week it will be better.”

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Garcia made no secret of the source of his turnaround following the birth of his first child last Wednesday, a girl named Azalea. Even on Friday when he found himself 2 down through 11 holes and in danger of not advancing he kept an upbeat attitude.

“The way I looked at it, when I was 2 down, we're going to try to turn it around, but if we don't, it means that I get to spend more time with [his wife] Angela and Azalea for the weekend,” Garcia said. “I tried to look at it in a good way.”

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DeLaet: WGC's robin-robin format 'sucks'

By Grill Room TeamMarch 23, 2018, 9:20 pm

Graham DeLaet isn't teeing it up at Austin Country Club this week because he didn't qualify for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but that doesn't mean he lacks an opinion on the event's format.

DeLaet hopped on social media Friday during Day 3 of the WGC-Match Play to torch the round-robin format that's been in place for three years, saying he much preferred the single elimination that was in place when he played in 2014.

"Played Match Play in Tucson in 2014. Early group on Wednesday, lost. Threw clubs in my car and was on my couch in Scottsdale by 2:00 pm. Collect 30K and spend the weekend at home, he tweeted. "That’s a good format. This one sucks."

DeLeat's comments may be the strongest to date, but he's not alone in his opposition to pool play. Several players lamented Friday's "meaningless" matches earlier this week, and Henrik Stenson cited the lack of a do-or-die atmosphere as his reason for skipping the event.

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Watch: Kuchar makes ace at WGC-Dell Match Play

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 9:09 pm

In his bid to advance to the weekend at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Matt Kuchar aced the par-3 seventh hole Friday at Austin Country Club.

With an 8-iron from 181 yards, Kuchar landed his ball short of the flag and watched it roll and roll ... and drop.

The hole-in-one moved Kuchar 3 Up in match against Ross Fisher. 

The last hole-in-one at the Match Play came in Sunday's consolation match last year, when Hideto Tanihara aced the same hole before later losing to Bill Haas.