Golf Channel To Deliver Unprecedented On-Air And Digital Coverage From The 2014 PGA Merchandise Show

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 20, 2014, 5:55 pm

Golf Channel will deliver unprecedented coverage of the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show – the world’s largest golf industry show – this week with nearly 15 hours of live coverage from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Morning Drive, the network’s morning news and lifestyle show, will broadcast live from a dedicated set on the showroom floor Wednesday-Friday, and will kick off Tuesday’s coverage with live reports from the PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day at Orange County National Golf Club and Lodge. Golf Central, the network’s signature news show, also will report live throughout the week from the PGA Merchandise Show featuring interviews and segments from across the showroom floor. Streaming of Golf Channel’s PGA Merchandise Show programming will be available for the first time ever via Golf Live Extra.

Comprehensive online editorial coverage also will be available via GolfChannel.com, the network’s social media channels  (#PGASHOW), live streamed via Golf Live Extra, as well as satellite radio simulcasts through SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

MORNING DRIVE LIVE FROM THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW

Morning Drive’s live presence at the PGA Merchandise Show represents the most ambitious remote broadcast to date for Golf Channel’s daily morning show, delivering the latest news and trends from the golf industry. Morning Drive will be hosted by Gary Williams, Holly Sonders, Charlie Rymer, Matt Ginella and George Savaricas. PGA TOUR winner Steve Flesch will report from the showroom floor and Scott Walker will provide daily features. Morning Drive also will introduce special segments dedicated to the PGA Merchandise Show, including a new segment that will look to uncover some of the more unique exhibitors and their products.

Morning Drive will broadcast in front of a live audience at the PGA Merchandise Show and will encourage audience participation and interaction during the broadcasts. Wednesday-Friday, Morning Drive guests will be welcomed on a dedicated new set overlooking the entire PGA Merchandise Show floor. A sample of guests scheduled to appear include 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and PGA TOUR winner Ryan Moore, World Golf and LPGA Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam, PGA of America President Ted Bishop, renowned instructor David Leadbetter, U.S. Representatives Daniel Webster (R-Fla) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky), and industry leaders Chip Brewer (Callaway Golf President and CEO), Tim Clarke (Wilson Golf GM), Cindy Davis (Nike Golf President), Todd Harman (Cleveland Golf / Srixon President ), Mark King (TaylorMade CEO), Dan Murphy (Bridgestone Executive VP, Sales and Marketing), Bob Philion (Cobra Puma Golf President), and John Solheim (Ping CEO), among many others.

GOLF CENTRAL LIVE REPORTS FROM THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW

Golf Central will recap all of the day’s activities from the PGA Merchandise Show, beginning Tuesday with Demo Day and continuing Wednesday-Friday from the showroom floor.

FEHERTY LIVE BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK SPECIALS

David Feherty returns with not one, but two of his signature, live shows. Feherty, called by USA Today an “interviewer like no other,” will host two performances of Feherty Live that will be shot on consecutive nights in front of studio audiences at Universal Studios Orlando, on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. ET. Feherty has been described as “one of the funniest men in the game” by Yahoo! Sports and his series “a cross between Oprah and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times. Guests include on Tuesday: Lee Trevino, Lou Holtz and Graeme McDowell; and on Wednesday: Greg Norman, James Patterson and Mike Eruzione.

FIRST-EVER SPECIAL FROM BEHIND THE SCENES OF FEHERTY LIVE

As a prelude to the live shows, on Monday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET, Feherty will pull back the curtains for his first-ever Feherty Live: Behind the Scenes Special, taking viewers backstage for never-before-scene moments from the first three Feherty Live performances during Super Bowl Week in Indianapolis, Ryder Cup week in Chicago and in Orlando last year during PGA Merchandise Show week.

DIGITAL COVERAGE: NEW ONLINE SHOW FOR THE RECORD

GolfChannel.com will bolster its daily news coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show with exclusive video from the convention center on the latest trends in the industry. GolfChannel.com senior writers Jason Sobel and Rex Hoggard and associate editor Bailey Mosier will provide daily blog updates, analysis and columns throughout the week.

Golf Channel’s social media platforms will keep viewers engaged in the conversation about what’s generating buzz at the #PGAShow throughout the week via @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Twitter and Instagram. Golf Channel anchors and reporters will provide exclusive “Video Tweets” from the showroom floor leading into Golf Channel commercial breaks, giving viewers the latest updates on the happenings throughout the week.

GOLF CHANNEL COVERAGE ON SIRIUSXM PGA TOUR RADIO

Golf Channel on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio (XM ch. 93, Sirius ch. 208) will simulcast Morning Drive, Golf Central and Feherty Live during the PGA Merchandise Show Tuesday-Friday, providing listeners an inside look into golf’s largest industry show. Morning Drive simulcasts: Tue., Wed. and Fri. from 10-11 a.m.; Thur. from 9-11 a.m. Golf Central simulcasts: Mon. – Wed. from 11 p.m.-Midnight. Feherty Live Behind-The-Scenes Special simulcast: Mon. from 9-10 p.m., Feherty Live simulcasts: Tues. and Wed. from 9-10 p.m. All times ET.

GOLF CHANNEL PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (All times ET)

Monday          

Feherty Live Behind-The-Scenes         9-10 p.m.

Tuesday          

Morning Drive                                     7-10 a.m. (Demo Day Coverage)

Golf Central                                         6-7 p.m. (Demo Day Coverage)

Feherty Live                                         9-10 p.m.

Wednesday    

Morning Drive                                     8 a.m.-Noon

Golf Central                                        6-6:30 p.m.

Feherty Live                                        9-10 p.m.

Thursday        

Morning Drive                                    8-11:30 a.m.

Golf Central Pre Game                        2:30-3 p.m.

Golf Central                                       7-7:30 p.m.

Friday             

Morning Drive                                   8:30-11:30 a.m.

Golf Central Pre Game                       2:30-3 p.m.

Golf Central                                      7-7:30 p.m.

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Watch: Koepka highlights from the Travelers

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 3:30 pm

U.S. Open hangover? Not for Brooks Koepka. The two-time national champion has carried over his form and confidence from Shinnecock Hills to TPC River Highlands.

Koepka began his round with a par at the par-4 10th and then reeled off four consecutive birdies, beginning at No. 11.


And here is the capper at the 14th

Koepka turned in 4-under 31. Here's more action from his opening nine holes.


After a par at the first, Koepka added a fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 second.


A bogey at the par-4 fourth dropped him to 4 under, but just one off the lead.

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Lyle going through 'scary' period in cancer recovery

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:58 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – Jarrod Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a ''really scary'' period in his third battle with cancer.

Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia.

''It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell transplant and we are going through a really rough patch at the moment,'' Briony Lyle wrote on jarrodlylegolf.com. ''I'm typing this blog on his behalf because he's not able to do it. Jarrod's not able to drive, struggles to prepare any food for himself, can't read stories to the girls and is not able to offer much help at all around the house.

''He is also starting to look like a very frail, sick person.''

Briony Lyle added: ''We are both very aware of the amount of drugs and medication that has gone into Jarrod's body over the years but things are starting to get really scary at the moment. It looks as if this recovery is going to be the longest and hardest one so far.''

Lyle has twice beaten acute myeloid leukemia, in 1998 and 2012, and was able to return to play professional golf.

He made an emotional comeback to the golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the PGA Tour in 2015. He played four seasons on Tour, where he earned $1.875 million in 121 tournaments.

Lyle has since returned to Australia permanently to be with Briony and daughters Lusi and Jemma.

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Vermeer wins PGA Professional; 20 make PGA Championship

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:42 pm

SEASIDE, Calif. – Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.

The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.

The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.

Three strokes ahead entering the day, Vermeer played the front in 4 over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-4 eighth. He rebounded with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-4 11th and also birdied the par-5 18th.


Full-field scores from the PGA Professional Championship


Vermeer finished at 5-under 283. The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000. He won the 2017 Mizuno Pro/Assistant Championship and finished ninth last year in the PGA Professional to qualify for PGA at Quail Hollow.

McCarty had a 68, and Sowards shot 69. Sowards won the 2004 title.

David Muttitt and Jason Schmuhl tied for fourth at 1 under, and 2012 and 2015 champion Matt Dobyns, Jaysen Hansen, and Johan Kok followed at even par.

Marty Jertson, Brian Smock and Ben Kern were 1 over, and Zach Johnson, Craig Hocknull, Matt Borchert and 2016 winner Rich Berberian Jr. were 2 over. Nine players tied at 3 over, with Shawn Warren, 2017 champion Omar Uresti, 2014 winner Michael Block, Craig Bowden and Danny Balin getting the last five spots at Bellerive in a playoff. Balin got the final spot, beating Brian Norman with a par on the seventh extra hole after Norman lost a ball in a tree.

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Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.


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“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”