Golf Channel Begins 25 Consecutive Days of Live Tournament Golf on Thursday, May 14

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 11, 2015, 5:25 pm

25 Days of Live Golf Includes More Than 200 Hours of Live Tournament Programming Across Five Professional Tours

and NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships

 

#Watch25 Sweepstakes Gives Viewers Chance to Win

Daily Prizes via Social Media

Golf Channel is expanding upon golf’s traditional Thursday through Sunday tournament schedule by adding early week Monday through Wednesday live tournament play, which will translate into 25 Days of Live Golf for viewers, beginning Thursday, May 14 and continuing through Sunday, June 7. In total, the 25 straight days of live golf will include more than 200 hours of live tournament coverage of the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, European Tour, Champions Tour, Ladies European Tour and the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf Championships.

“Our 25 Days of Live Golf capitalizes on creative opportunities to showcase our partners’ live events during the days of the week when tournament golf isn’t traditionally played,” said Tom Knapp, Golf Channel senior vice president, programming. “The willingness of our partners to consider innovative scenarios where they can take center stage helps to increase awareness of their events and provides Golf Channel’s audience live tournament coverage every day of the week.”

Viewers will have an opportunity to win prizes via social media during Golf Channel’s 25 Days of Live Golf through the #Watch25 sweepstakes. Starting on the first of the 25 consecutive days of live golf, Thursday, May 14, Golf Channel’s tournament on-air teams will pose a daily trivia question asking viewers to tweet their answer using the hashtag #Watch25Sweeps. One winner will be selected each day, and will receive prizes, including free rounds of golf courtesy of GolfNow. Viewers can follow @GolfChannel on Twitter, which will feature the daily opportunities to win the #Watch25 Sweepstakes.

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY COVERAGE DURING 25 DAYS OF LIVE GOLF:

NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships (25 live hours): Golf Channel will dedicate 25 combined live hours to the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, being contested at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. The Women’s Championships will air Monday-Wednesday, May 25-27, while the Men’s Championship will air the following week, Monday-Wednesday, June 1-3. In addition, Golf Central will feature nearly 25 hours of combined pre-and post-event news coverage produced on location, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and online at GolfChannel.com.

Ladies European Tour (9 live hours): The Turkish Airlines Ladies Open being contested on the Ladies European Tour will help bridge the opening week of 25 days with coverage airing Monday-Wednesday, May 18-20.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY PROFESSIONAL TOUR COVERAGE DURING 25 DAYS OF LIVE GOLF:

PGA TOUR (41 live hours): Wells Fargo Championship (May 14-17, Charlotte, N.C.); Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (May 21-24, Fort Worth, Texas); AT&T Byron Nelson Championship (May 28-31, Irving, Texas); the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance (June 4-7, Dublin, Ohio).

LPGA Tour (22.5 live hours): Kingsmill Championship (May 14-17, Williamsburg, Va.); ShopRite LPGA Classic (May 29-31, Galloway, N.J.); Manulife LPGA Classic (June 4-7, Cambridge, Ont., Canada).

European Tour (84.5 live hours): Open de España (May 14-17, Barcelona, Spain); BMW PGA Championship (May 21-24, Surrey, England); Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (May 28-31, Northern Ireland); Nordea Masters (June 4-7, Malmo, Sweden).

Champions Tour (19 live hours) – including two Major Championships: Regions Tradition (*Major* May 14-17, Shoal Creek, Ala.); Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (*Major* May 21-24, French Lick, Ind.); Principal Charity Classic (June 5-7, Des Moines, Ia.)

STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA: All tournament action surrounding 25 Days of Live Golf can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online through Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra.

Golf Channel’s “25 Days of Live Golf” Tournament Airtimes (all times ET):

Thursday, May 14

Open de España                       European Tour          5:30-7:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Regions Tradition                    Champions Tour      12:30-2:30 p.m.

Wells Fargo Championship      PGA TOUR                 3-7 p.m.

Friday, May 15

Open de España                       European Tour           5:30-7:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Regions Tradition                    Champions Tour        12:30-2:30 p.m.

Wells Fargo Championship      PGA TOUR                 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, May 16

Open de España                      European Tour            7:30-11:30 a.m.

Wells Fargo Championship      PGA TOUR                  1-2:30 p.m.

Regions Tradition                    Champions Tour        3-5 p.m.

Kingsmill Championship         LPGA Tour                  5-7 p.m.

Sunday, May 17

Open de España                      European Tour             7:30-11:30 a.m.

Wells Fargo Championship      PGA TOUR                   1-2:30 p.m.

Regions Tradition                   Champions Tour          3-5 p.m.

Kingsmill Championship         LPGA Tour                   5-7 p.m.

Monday, May 18

Turkish Airlines Ladies Open  Ladies European Tour  8-11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 19

Turkish Airlines Ladies Open  Ladies European Tour  7-10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 20

Turkish Airlines Ladies Open  Ladies European Tour  7-10 a.m.

Thursday, May 21

BMW PGA Championship       European Tour             5 a.m.-1 p.m.

Senior PGA Championship      Champions Tour          1-4 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Invitational        PGA TOUR                   4-7 p.m.

Friday, May 22

BMW PGA Championship       European Tour             5 a.m.-1 p.m.

Senior PGA Championship     Champions Tour         1-4 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Invitational        PGA TOUR                 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, May 23

BMW PGA Championship       European Tour             7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Invitational        PGA TOUR                 1-2:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 24

BMW PGA Championship       European Tour             7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Invitational        PGA TOUR                 1-2:30 p.m.

Senior PGA Championship      Champions Tour         2:30-3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 25

Women’s Golf Championships            NCAA                         4-7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26

Women’s Golf Championships            NCAA                         10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 3:30-7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27

Women’s Golf Championships            NCAA                         3-7 p.m.

Thursday, May 28

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open     European Tour           3-8 a.m.; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

AT&T Byron Nelson                 PGA TOUR                 4-7 p.m.

Friday, May 29

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open    European Tour          7 a.m.-1 p.m.

ShopRite LPGA Classic           LPGA Tour                 1-3:30 p.m.

AT&T Byron Nelson               PGA TOUR                 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, May 30

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open     European Tour          8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

AT&T Byron Nelson               PGA TOUR                 1-2:30 p.m.

ShopRite LPGA Classic          LPGA Tour                  3-6 p.m.

Sunday, May 31

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open     European Tour           8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

AT&T Byron Nelson                 PGA TOUR                 1-2:30 p.m.

ShopRite LPGA Classic            LPGA Tour                  3-6 p.m.

Monday, June 1

Men’s Golf Championships     NCAA                         4-7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 2

Men’s Golf Championships     NCAA                         10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 3:30-7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3

Men’s Golf Championships     NCAA                         3-7 p.m.

Thursday, June 4

Nordea Masters                     European Tour             5-7 a.m.; 9 a.m.-Noon

Manulife LPGA Classic             LPGA Tour                  Noon-2 p.m.

the Memorial Tournament       PGA TOUR                 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 5

Nordea Masters                     European Tour             5-7 a.m.; 9 a.m.-Noon

Manulife LPGA Classic            LPGA Tour                  Noon-2 p.m.

the Memorial Tournament       PGA TOUR                 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

Nordea Masters                       European Tour             7:30-11:30 a.m.

the Memorial Tournament        PGA TOUR                 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Manulife LPGA Classic              LPGA Tour                  2:30-5:30 p.m.

Principal Charity Classic          Champions Tour          5:30-7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 7

Nordea Masters                       European Tour             7-11:30 a.m.

the Memorial Tournament       PGA TOUR                 Noon-2 p.m.

Manulife LPGA Classic              LPGA Tour                  2-5 p.m.

Principal Charity Classic          Champions Tour          5-7 p.m.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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First-, second-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

Three-time champion Tiger Woods is playing in The Open for the first time since he missed the cut in 2015 at St. Andrews. Woods will begin his first round Thursday in the 147th edition at Carnoustie at 10:21 a.m. ET, playing alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth delivered the claret jug to the R&A on Monday at Carnoustie. He will begin his title defense at 4:58 a.m. ET on Thursday, playing with world No. 2 Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Other notable groupings:

  • Rory McIlroy will look to capture his second claret jug at 7:53 a.m. Thursday. He goes off with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen.
  • World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is playing with Alex Noren and Charley Hoffman. They will play at 8:04 a.m. ET in the first round.
  • World No. 2 Justin Thomas goes at 8:26 a.m. with Francesco Molinari and Branden Grace.
  • Masters champion Patrick Reed will play with Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey at 5:20 a.m. ET.
  • U.S. Open champion and world No. 4 Brooks Koepka is grouped with Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith (9:59 a.m. ET).
  • Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion, will begin at 3:03 a.m. ET with Satoshi Kodaira and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Here's a look at the full list of times for Rounds 1 and 2 (all times ET):

1:35AM/6:36AM: Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer, Andy Sulliva

1:46AM/6:47AM: Erik Van Rooyen, Brady Schnell, Matthew Southgate

1:57AM/6:58AM: Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo, Luke List

2:08AM/7:09AM: Mark Calcavecchia, Danthai Boonma, Shaun Nooris

2:19AM/7:20AM: Kevin Chappell, Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

2:30AM/7:31AM: Ross Fisher, Paul Dunne, Austin Cook

2:41AM/7:42AM: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

2:52AM/7:53AM: Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner, Marcus Kinhult

3:03AM/8:04AM: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

3:14AM/8:15AM: Brian Harman, Yuta Ikeda, Andrew Landry

3:25AM/8:26AM: Si Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Nicolai Hojgaard (a)

3:36AM/8:37AM: Stewart Cink, Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara

3:47AM/8:48AM: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Sung Kang

4:03AM/9:04AM: Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, Chesson Hadley

4:14AM/9:15AM: Pat Perez, Julian Suri, George Coetzee

4:25AM/9:26AM: David Duval, Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na

4:36AM/9:37AM: Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen

4:47AM/9:48AM: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

4:58AM/9:59AM: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

5:09AM/10:10AM: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

5:20AM/10:21AM: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

5:31AM/10:32AM: Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jhonattan Vegas

5:42AM/10:43AM: Yuxin Lin (a), Alexander Bjork, Sang Hyun Park

5:53AM/10:54AM: James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus, Zander Lombard

6:04AM/11:05AM: Kodai Ichihara, Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

6:15AM/11:16AM: Sean Crocker, Gavin Green, Ash Turner

6:36AM/1:35AM: Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis

6:47AM/1:46AM: Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III

6:58AM/1:57AM: Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis

7:09AM/2:08AM: Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An

7:20AM/2:19AM: Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood

7:31AM/2:30AM: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

7:42AM/2:41AM: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

7:53AM/2:52AM: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

8:04AM/3:03AM: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

8:15AM/3:14AM: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

8:26AM/3:25AM: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

8:37AM/3:36AM: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

8:48AM/3:47AM: Todd Hamilton, Beau Hossler, Jorge Campillo

9:04AM/4:03AM: Ryuko Tokimatsu, Chez Reavie, Michael Kim

9:15AM/4:14AM: Kyle Stanley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jens Dantorp

9:26AM/4:25AM: Tom Lehman, Dylan Frittelli, Grant Forrest

9:37AM/4:36AM: Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi, Jason Kokrak

9:48AM/4:47AM: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

9:59AM/4:58AM: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

10:10AM/5:09AM: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

10:21AM/5:20AM: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

10:32AM/5:31AM: Jason Dufner, Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley

10:43AM/5:42AM: Ryan Armour, Abraham Ander, Masahiro Kawamura

10:54AM/5:53AM: Jazz Janewattananond, Fabrizio Zanotti, Jordan Smith

11:05AM/6:04AM: Brett Rumford, Masanori Kobayashi, Jack Senior

11:16AM/6:15AM: Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 5:25 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.