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Golf Channel’s Sunday Solheim Cup Coverage Most-watched Women’s Golf Telecast On Cable In Eight Years

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 23, 2017, 7:50 pm

NBC’s Day 2 Coverage Most-Watched Saturday Telecast of Women’s Golf in 2017 

Friday’s Day 1 Coverage on Golf Channel Most-Watched Solheim Cup Day 1 on Record 

7.3 Million Viewers Tuned in to 3 Days of Solheim Cup Coverage Across Golf Channel and NBC – Most-Viewed Women’s Golf Event Since 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on ESPN/NBC 

More than 6.3 Million Minutes Streamed, Most on NBC Sports Digital Platforms Since 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s Golf Competition

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 23, 2017 – With the Solheim Cup returning to broadcast television for the first time in 15 years, Golf Channel and NBC’s coverage of the 2017 Solheim Cup delivered record viewership for the networks, according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

SUNDAY GOLF CHANNEL COVERAGE MOST-WATCHED WOMEN’S GOLF TELECAST ON CABLE IN EIGHT YEARS: Golf Channel’s Final Day of live Solheim Cup coverage on Sunday (10:30 a.m.-4:10 p.m. ET) delivered a .52 U.S. HH rating and 795,000 viewers, the most watched women’s golf telecast on cable since the 2009 Solheim Cup Final Day on Golf Channel (956,000 viewers). Coverage was +250% vs. 2015 (227,000 viewers) and +23% vs. 2013 (646,000 viewers). Coverage peaked from 2:30-2:45 p.m. ET with a .83 U.S. HH rating and 1.259 million viewers.

NBC’S DAY 2 COVERAGE MOST-WATCHED SATURDAY TELECAST OF WOMEN’S GOLF IN 2017: NBC’s Saturday coverage (4-6 p.m. ET) was the most-watched women’s golf Saturday telecast in 2017 with a .68 U.S. HH rating and 968,000 viewers. Compared to the last two hours of women’s majors on network television in 2017, Saturday’s Solheim Cup coverage was +24% vs. RICOH Women’s British Open, +39% vs. the U.S. Women’s Open and +35% vs. the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Coverage peaked from 5:45-6 p.m. ET with a .85 U.S. HH rating and 1.240 million viewers.

Golf Channel and NBC’s combined coverage of Saturday’s Day 2 at the Solheim Cup (8 a.m.-6:50 p.m. ET) was the most-watched Day 2 in 15 years, generating a combined .45 U.S. HH rating and 641,000 viewers; +211% vs. 2015 (Germany, 206,000 viewers); +11% vs. 2013 (Colorado, 579,000 viewers) and +10% vs. 2009 (Illinois, 581,000 viewers).

MOST-WATCHED SOLHEIM CUP FRIDAY ON RECORD: Golf Channel’s televised Friday coverage of the Solheim Cup (9 a.m.-2:04 p.m. ET / 4:04-8:08 p.m. ET) delivered the most-watched Day 1 of the Solheim Cup on-record (2007-2017). Coverage generated a .26 U.S. HH rating and 368,000 viewers, +145% vs. 2015 (Germany, 150,000 viewers); +19% vs. 2013 (Colorado, 309,000 viewers) and +14% vs. 2009 (Illinois, 322,000 viewers).

7.30 MILLION VIEWERS ACROSS THREE DAYS OF COVERAGE ON GOLF CHANNEL AND NBC, MOST IN WOMEN’S GOLF SINCE THE 2014 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN: In total, 7.30 million unique viewers tuned in to some portion of coverage of the Solheim Cup across three days on Golf Channel and NBC. Compared to traditional four days of coverage at major championships, most-viewed women’s golf event since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on ESPN/NBC (9.77 million viewers across four days of coverage).

MORE THAN 6.3 MILLION MINUTES STREAMED, MOST SINCE 2016 RIO OLYMPICS WOMEN’S GOLF COMPETITION: Three-day coverage of the Solheim Cup saw 6.3 million minutes streamed across NBC Sports’ Digital platforms, trailing only the 2016 Rio Olympics (9 million) as the most-ever for a women’s golf event airing on Golf Channel / NBC.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 2017 MARQUEE LPGA EVENTS: NBC Sports’ next marquee women’s golf event will be the season’s fifth and final major, The Evian Championship, Sept. 14-17. The exclusive cable home of the LPGA Tour, Golf Channel has coverage of four of five women’s major championships in 2017, with three majors airing also airing on NBC: the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, RICOH Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship.

Golf Channel’s LPGA Tour coverage of the season-long Race to the CME Globe continues this week with the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open and continues for 10 of the next 11 weeks, culminating with the CME Group Tour Championship, Nov. 16-19.

Sources: Nielsen, 2017 vs. prior years. US HH Rtgs; P2+ 000’s; P2+ reach w/ 6 minute qualifier; Live+Same Day. Details available. Adobe for Digital. Details available.

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Watch: Bubba casually hits flop shot over caddie's head

By Grill Room TeamMarch 22, 2018, 9:20 pm

We've seen this go wrong. Really wrong.

But when your end-of-year bonus is a couple of brand new vehicles, you're expected to go above and beyond every now and then.

One of those times came early Thursday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, where Bubba Watson’s caddie Ted Scott let his boss hit a flop shot over his head.

It wasn’t quite Phil Mickelson over Dave Pelz, but the again, nothing is.

And the unique warm-up session paid off, as Watson went on to defeat Marc Leishman 3 and 2 to move to 2-0-0 in group play.

Hey, whatever works.

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Spieth explains why he won't play in a 'dome'

By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 9:01 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – No one at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play was as excited about Thursday’s forecast as Jordan Spieth.

Winds blew across Austin Country Club to 20 mph, which is typical for this time of year in Texas, and Spieth put in a typical performance, beating HaoTong Li, 4 and 2, to remain undefeated entering the final day of pool play.

The windy conditions were exactly what Spieth, who never trailed in his match, wanted. In fact, demanding conditions factor into how he sets his schedule.

“I have, and will continue to schedule tournaments away from a dome, because it's just unusual for me. I like having the feel aspect,” said Spieth, who attended the University of Texas and played Austin Country Club in college. “Places with no wind, where it's just driving range shots, it's just never been something I've been used to. So I don't really know what to do on them.”

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Spieth used the CareerBuilder Challenge as an example. The Coachella Valley event rarely has windy conditions, and as a result he’s never played the tournament.

“I played in a dome in Phoenix, and I didn't strike the ball well there. Actually I've had quite a few this year, where we didn't have very windy conditions,” said Spieth, who will face Patrick Reed in his final pool play match on Friday. “I don't go to Palm Springs, never have, because of that. Look at where you can take weeks off and if they match up with places that potentially aren't the best for me, then it works out.”

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Curry jokes about Romo's 77: 'Got him by a stroke'

By Grill Room TeamMarch 22, 2018, 8:40 pm

This just in ... professional athletes are competitive. Even when they're playing their secondary sport.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption Thursday, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo started hot with an even-par 36 on his opening nine holes, but faded down the stretch to open with a 5-over 77.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle's Ron Kroichick, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry couldn't help but crack a smile when informed of the score, saying, "I got him by a stroke."

Curry was referencing his brief foray into pro golf last August, when he shot back-to-back 4-over 74s at the's Ellie Mae Classic.

So just in case Romo needed another reason to go low tomorrow when he tees off at 1 p.m. in the second round, he's got one.

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Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 7:20 pm

Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
(1) D. Johnson: 0-2-0 (2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-1-1 (4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0
(32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 2-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 2-0-0
(38) A. Hadwin: 1-0-1
(48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0 (43) C. Reavie: 1-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-2-0
(52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
(60) L. List: 0-1-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-1-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0
Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
(5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 1-1-0 (7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-0-0
(30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
(18) B. Harman: 0-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0
(46) C. Smith: 1-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-1-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0 (42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0
(53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0 (56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0
Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
(9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 2-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-2-0 (12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0
(26) D. Berger: 0-2-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0 (23) B. Grace: 1-1-0 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0
(33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-1-0 (35) B. Watson: 2-0-0 (36) B. Steele: 1-0-0
(58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 0-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-1-0 (55) A. Levy: 0-1-0
Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
(13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 1-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-0-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 1-0-1
(29) T. Finau: 2-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-1-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1 (27) R. Fisher: 1-1-0
(39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-2-0 (37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-1-0
(61) K. Na: 0-2-0 (59) C. Howell III: 2-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-1-1