Golf Channel debuts Alternate Shot coverage for Ryder Cup

By Golf Channel Public RelationsSeptember 15, 2014, 7:50 pm

A first-time, exclusive collaboration between NBC and Golf Channel at the 2014 Ryder Cup, Sept. 22-28, will present 85.5 hours of unprecedented coverage designed to bring fans closer to the action of one of the world’s most exciting sporting events. Debuting this year will be Golf Channel’s Ryder Cup Alternate Shot coverage, which will feature a different view of the action that complements NBC’s live weekend coverage.

“As NBC Sports Group unparalleled coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup, one of the most unique events in sports, this coordinated effort between Golf Channel and NBC will super-serve fans’ appetite for the passion and patriotism that surrounds this event,” said Golf Channel Executive Producer Molly Solomon. “The Ryder Cup Alternate Shot coverage will be perfect complement to NBC’s coverage, and will showcase the unconventional Feherty and legends from past Ryder Cups discussing the action like only they can, because they have stood on Ryder Cup first tees with the hopes of their nation on their shoulders.”

“Tom’s team is the hungry, young underdog in this contest,” said Feherty.  “We’ll talk about that during Alternate Shot coverage and will show viewers a different spin on analysis, as well as give them a fun and informative way to enjoy the Ryder Cup.  It’ll also be fun for me because I’ll get to argue with Wadkins all day.”

GOLF CHANNEL’S RYDER CUP ALTERNATE SHOT: Hosted by the outspoken, Emmy-nominated David Feherty – former 1991 Ryder Cup European Team member, but now a proud American citizen and host of the award-winning Feherty – and Morning Drive host Gary Williams. Former U.S. Ryder Cup Captain (1995) and player (1977-93) Lanny Wadkins – who is second only to Arnold Palmer with the most Ryder Cup matches ever won by an American – and former U.S. Ryder Cup team members David Duval (1999-2002) and Justin Leonard (1997-99, 2008) will join the Feherty and Williams in studio to help break down the matches through lively discussion and analysis. Additional features of the Ryder Cup Alternate Shot telecast include:

  • Conversations from Scotland with former Ryder Cup players and captains:
    • Sir Nick Faldo:  European Team Captain 2008; Player 1977-97 – played in more Ryder Cups (11) than any other player in history; also will contribute all week to Golf Channel’s Live From the Ryder Cup telecasts
    • Colin Montgomerie:  European Team Captain 2010; Player 1991-2006 – tied for the most singles matches won in Ryder Cup history.
    • Tony Jacklin: European Team Captain 1983-89; Player 1967-79
    • Darren Clarke:  European Team Vice Captain 2010-12; Player 1997-2006
    • Peter Alliss:  eight-time Ryder Cup player for Great Britain (1953-69); known as the “Voice of Golf” and one of the all-time great golf commentators.
    • Jesper Parnevik:  European Team player (1997-2002)
  • Viewers also will be treated to alternative live coverage throughout the Ryder Cup Alternate Shot telecast via the world satellite feed hosted by members of the European broadcast team regularly featured on Golf Channel.
  • An on-screen graphic frame, similar to Golf Channel’s Spotlight coverage of PGA TOUR events, will highlight real-time statistics, as well as social media conversation surrounding the Ryder Cup.
  • Hands-on analysis using Golf Channel’s simulator, which will feature a virtual version of the Centenary Course at Gleneagles.

EXCLUSIVE NBC SPORTS GROUP EVENT COVERAGE: NBC and Golf Channel will provide live coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup from Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, from Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday Sept. 28. This will mark the first European-hosted event to be televised and streamed online live in the United States. Earlier this year, Golf Channel acquired the exclusive Ryder Cup telecast North American rights for Friday’s matches, which will be the first time the network has provided live coverage of this event. Both networks combined will air the most live coverage ever for a European-hosted event – from the opening tee shot on Friday through the final putt on Sunday. Coverage will also be streamed via Golf Live Extra and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Play-by-play and lead analyst roles for Friday and Saturday will include Terry Gannon and either Nick Faldo (Friday) or Frank Nobilo (Saturday) for morning matches, and Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller for afternoon matches.  Outer towers will be manned in the morning by Tom Abbott and Curt Byrum, and in the afternoon by Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen.  Reporting from the course for both sessions on both days will be a combination of Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay and Jerry Foltz.  Singles matches on Sunday will feature Hicks and Miller in the booth, Koch and Jacobsen in outer towers; and a combination of Maltbie, Rolfing, Begay, Foltz and Byrum on the course.  Steve Sands and Jimmy Roberts will handle interviews all days.  Several guest analysts, including Montgomerie, are expected to contribute to the coverage throughout the matches.

 

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S LIVE RYDER CUP COVERAGE (all times ET)

 Friday, Sept. 26          Ryder Cup – Day One                        2:30 a.m.-1 p.m.          Golf Channel

Saturday, Sept. 27      Ryder Cup – Day Two                        3 a.m.-1 p.m.               NBC*

                                  Ryder Cup Alternate Shot                  3 a.m.-11:30 a.m.        Golf Channel

*Coverage on NBC will begin at the conclusion of regularly scheduled late-night programming in Mountain and Pacific time zones. Streaming will be available via NBC Sports Live Extra

Sunday, Sept. 28         Ryder Cup – Final Day                       7 a.m.-1 p.m.               NBC

                                  Ryder Cup Alternate Shot                  7 a.m.-11:30 a.m.        Golf Channel

 

GOLF CENTRAL’S LIVE FROM THE RYDER CUP & MORNING DRIVE: Beginning Monday, Sept. 22, and originating from a custom-made set overlooking the world-famous Gleneagles Hotel – host of such prestigious events as the 1986 NATO conference and 2005 G8 Summit – Live From the Ryder Cup will feature comprehensive news, highlights, and expert analysis; every news conference from players on both teams; exclusive “look-ins” that will show players preparing for their matches, whether on the practice range or during warm-up rounds; Opening and Closing Ceremonies; compelling feature stories; and special access to chronicle the building anticipation and excitement on the 1st tee just prior to the start of the Ryder Cup. Comprising the Golf Channel team in Scotland will be hosts Rich Lerner and Kelly Tilghman, analysts Brandel Chamblee and Frank Nobilo, and reporters Todd Lewis and Steve Burkowski.  Making his Golf Channel debut as guest analyst will be popular Swedish professional golfer and three-time European Ryder Cup team member Jesper Parnevik.

On Monday, Sept. 22, Golf Channel’s Morning Drive will kick the week off with all the current news from Scotland, including Ryder Cup analysis, discussion and interviews hosted by Gary Williams, Damon Hack and the rest of the team.  The two shows comprise more than 45 hours of live programming surrounding Ryder Cup action.

 

GOLF CHANNEL’S LIVE FROM THE RYDER CUP & MORNING DRIVE AIR TIMES (all times ET)

Monday, Sept. 22                   Morning Drive                                                           7-9 a.m.

                                                Live From the Ryder Cup                                        10-11 a.m.

                                                                                                                                 7-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23                   Live From the Ryder Cup                                          6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24              Live From the Ryder Cup                                         6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25                 Live From the Ryder Cup (Opening Ceremony)        6 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                               Live From the Ryder Cup                                         10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 26                     Live From the Ryder Cup                                          1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27                 Live From the Ryder Cup                                          Midnight-3 a.m.

                                             Live From the Ryder Cup                                           1-4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 28                   Live From the Ryder Cup                                           5-7 a.m.

                                             Live From the Ryder Cup (Closing Ceremony)           1-4 p.m.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Spieth stands on brink of Open repeat

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 7:49 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth described Monday’s “ceremony” to return the claret jug to the keepers of the game’s oldest championship as anything but enjoyable.

For the last 12 months the silver chalice has been a ready reminder of what he was able to overcome and accomplish in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, a beacon of hope during a year that’s been infinitely forgettable.

By comparison, the relative pillow fight this week at Carnoustie has been a welcome distraction, a happy-go-lucky stroll through a wispy field. Unlike last year’s edition, when Spieth traveled from the depths of defeat to the heights of victory within a 30-minute window, the defending champion has made this Open seem stress-free, easy even, by comparison.

But then those who remain at Carnoustie know it’s little more than a temporary sleight of hand.

As carefree as things appeared on Saturday when 13 players, including Spieth, posted rounds of 67 or lower, as tame as Carnoustie, which stands alone as The Open’s undisputed bully, has been through 54 holes there was a foreboding tension among the rank and file as they readied for a final trip around Royal Brown & Bouncy.

“This kind of southeast or east/southeast wind we had is probably the easiest wind this golf course can have, but when it goes off the left side, which I think is forecasted, that's when you start getting more into the wind versus that kind of cross downwind,” said Spieth, who is tied for the lead with Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner at 9 under par after a 6-under 65. “It won't be the case tomorrow. It's going to be a meaty start, not to mention, obviously, the last few holes to finish.”

Carnoustie only gives so much and with winds predicted to gust to 25 mph there was a distinct feeling that playtime was over.

As melancholy as Spieth was about giving back the claret jug, and make no mistake, he wasn’t happy, not even his status among the leading contenders with a lap remaining was enough for him to ignore the sleeping giant.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


But then he’s come by his anxiousness honestly. Spieth has spent far too much time answering questions about an inexplicably balky putter the last few weeks and he hasn’t finished better than 21st since his “show” finish in April at the Masters.

After a refreshingly solid start to his week on Thursday imploded with a double bogey-bogey-par-bogey finish he appeared closer to an early ride home on Friday than he did another victory lap, but he slowly clawed his way back into the conversation as only he can with one clutch putt after the next.

“I'm playing golf for me now. I've kind of got a cleared mind. I've made a lot of progress over the year that's been kind of an off year, a building year,” said Spieth, who is bogey-free over his last 36 holes. “And I've got an opportunity to make it a very memorable one with a round, but it's not necessary for me to prove anything for any reason.”

But if an awakened Carnoustie has Spieth’s attention, the collection of would-be champions assembled around and behind him adds another layer of intrigue.

Kisner, Spieth’s housemate this week on Angus coast, has led or shared the lead after each round this week and hasn’t shown any signs of fading like he did at last year’s PGA Championship, when he started the final round with a one-stroke lead only to close with a 74 to tie for seventh place.

“I haven't played it in that much wind. So I think it's going to be a true test, and we'll get to see really who's hitting it the best and playing the best tomorrow,” said Kisner, who added a 68 to his total on Day 3.

There’s no shortage of potential party crashers, from Justin Rose at 4 under after a round-of-the-week 64 to 2015 champion Zach Johnson, who also made himself at home with Spieth and Kisner in the annual Open frat house and is at 5 under.

Rory McIlroy, who is four years removed from winning his last major championship, looked like a player poised to get off the Grand Slam schneid for much of the day, moving to 7 under with a birdie at the 15th hole, but he played the last three holes in 2 over par and is tied with Johnson at 5 under par. 

And then there’s Tiger Woods. For three magical hours the three-time Open champion played like he’d never drifted into the dark competitive hole that’s defined his last few years. Like he’d never been sidelined by an endless collection of injuries and eventually sought relief under the surgeon’s knife.

As quietly as Woods can do anything, he turned in 3 under par for the day and added two more birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. His birdie putt at the 14th hole lifted him temporarily into a share of the lead at 6 under par.

“We knew there were going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win on Sunday, and it's turning out to be that,” said Woods, who is four strokes off the lead. “I didn't want to be too far back if the guys got to 10 [under] today. Five [shots back] is certainly doable, and especially if we get the forecast tomorrow.”

Woods held his round of 66 together with a gritty par save at the 18th hole after hitting what he said was his only clunker of the day off the final tee.

Even that episode seemed like foreshadowing.

The 18th hole has rough, bunkers, out of bounds and a burn named Barry that weaves its way through the hole like a drunken soccer fan. It’s the Grand Slam of hazardous living and appears certain to play a leading role in Sunday’s outcome.

Perhaps none of the leading men will go full Jean Van de Velde, the star-crossed Frenchman who could still be standing in that burn if not for a rising tide back at the 1999 championship, but if the 499 yards of dusty turf is an uninvited guest, it’s a guest nonetheless.

It may not create the same joyless feelings that he had when he returned the claret jug, but given the hole’s history and Spieth’s penchant for late-inning histrionics (see Open Championship, 2017), the 18th hole is certain to produce more than a few uncomfortable moments.

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”