Golf Channel to Feature More Than 60 Live Hours of News Coverage during U.S. Open week

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 10, 2015, 4:45 pm

U.S. Open Week begins on Monday, June 15, with Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open signature news coverage contributing to more than 60 total hours of live news programming surrounding the 115th U.S. Open.

Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

Anchoring the network’s coverage of Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open will be Rich Lerner, Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Frank Nobilo, Kelly Tilghman, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay, Arron Oberholser, Steve Sands, Ryan Burr, Todd Lewis, Michael Breed, Tim Rosaforte and John Feinstein.

Chambers Bay: Tee to Green with Frank Nobilo

In addition to his role as an analyst during Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open, Frank Nobilo will give viewers an in-depth look at Chambers Bay through his “Tee to Green” segments, which will run in Golf Channel news programming throughout the week and highlight the signature holes that could play a crucial role to players in contention down the stretch during Sunday’s final round.

Tournament Preview Roundtable, Wednesday June 17, 4-5 p.m. ET

Within the network’s Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open programming on Wednesday, June 17, Golf Channel will feature a roundtable discussion, beginning at 4 p.m. ET with World Golf Hall of Famer and two-time U.S. Open Champion (1988, ’89) Curtis Strange, as well as contributing reporters John Feinstein and Geoff Shackelford. Golf Channel on NBC’s Steve Sands will moderate the discussion, which will examine the steps taken to elevate Chambers Bay as a U.S. Open venue, the history of the course, and top tournament storylines on the eve of the Championship.

Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open Scheduled Features (previews available upon request):

  • Getting to Know Chambers Bay – A relative unknown for nearly all 156 players in the U.S. Open field, Matt Ginella details the ins and outs of Chambers Bay, and how the course – which was built in cooperation with the USGA – was initially met with heavy backlash from locals before emerging as 2015’s staging of summer’s toughest, highly anticipated test.
  • A Family Affair?  – Jimmy Roberts uncovers the complicated and often rocky relationship between course architects (and brothers), Rees Jones and Robert (Bobby) Trent Jones Jr. Following in the footsteps of their father, Robert Trent Jones Sr., – a renowned course architect in his own right – the Jones brothers have made their own mark on the game, albeit in markedly different ways, and with an inordinate amount of friction along the way.
  • Evolution of the U.S. Open Rotation – Oakmont, Shinnecock, Winged Foot and Oakland Hills are course venues synonymous with the U.S. Open, popularized by having held a place in the rotation for several decades. This year, Chambers Bay plays host to America’s national championship for the first time, and Erin Hills (Hartford, Wis.) will host its first U.S. Open in 2017. John Feinstein reports on the meticulous process for selecting the course location of golf’s most challenging major, and how it has evolved over the years.
  • 1990 U.S. Open – A look back at the 1990 U.S. Open, and the 19-hole playoff that eventually separated Hale Irwin from Mike Donald. On the 25-year anniversary of the showdown at Medinah Country Club, Donald recalls his “almost” moment of glory and discusses what could have been.

Morning Drive

Morning Drive will kick off each morning of U.S. Open week with the latest news and storylines surrounding the competition. The show will feature live reports with Matt Ginella and other guests from Chambers Bay, as well as in-studio analysis from Gary Williams, Charlie Rymer, Cara Robinson, Damon Hack, Lauren Thompson, John Cook and Chris DiMarco from Studio AP at Golf Channel’s World Headquarters. Coverage also will include original content previously shot on-site at Chambers Bay, including features with Rymer on the challenging green complexes and various tee shots that players will encounter.                

The Golf Fix

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air on Monday, June 15 at 6 p.m. ET and focus on how to have success playing a course like Chambers Bay, which is known for its uneven lies and windy weather conditions. The show also will focus on certain players who may have a leg-up on the rest of the field, and how learning to shape the ball can simplify your game.

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 Chambers Bay 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 more than 80 countries, 200 million households and 11 languages.

Digital Coverage will feature expanded coverage from its team of writers on-site at Chambers Bay: Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner, Will Gray and Jay Coffin. Content will include news reports, feature stories and exclusive video, as well as a daily live blog keeping readers up-to-date on all the developing storylines. Online video will include highlights and analysis from Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open, recaps and reports, and an episode of For the Record with Rex Hoggard shot from on-site in Washington.


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


Monday, June 15

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

2-6 p.m.                                   Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

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


Tuesday, June 16

7-11 a.m.                                 Morning Drive

11 a.m.-5 p.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

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


Wednesday, June 17

7-11 a.m.                                 Morning Drive

11 a.m.-5 p.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

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


Thursday, June 18

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

9 a.m. – Noon                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

11 p.m.-1 a.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open


Friday, June 19

7-9 a.m.                                   Morning Drive

9 a.m.-Noon                            Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

11 p.m.-1 a.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open


Saturday, June 20

9-11 a.m.                                 Morning Drive

11 a.m.-2 p.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

10 p.m.-Midnight                    Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open


Sunday, June 21

9-11 a.m.                                 Morning Drive

11 a.m.-2 p.m.                         Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.             Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

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Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it

By Nick MentaJune 18, 2018, 3:09 pm

There is a case to be made that what Phil Mickelson did on Saturday made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

There is also a case to be made that the USGA's setup of Shinnecock Hills made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

Whatever you think about what Mickelson did on Saturday - and how he attempted to justify it after the fact without even a hint of remorse - watch this video.

The next time you hear someone say, "If anybody else had putted a moving ball on purpose and not apologized for it, it would get a different reaction," you can point to this video and say, "Yeah, here's why."

Here's what happened once a still-strident Mickelson was done rubbing Donald Duck hats on Sunday, per Ryan Lavner:

If you’re wondering whether Mickelson would be defiant or contrite on Sunday, we don’t know the answer. He declined to stop and speak with the media, deciding instead to sign autographs for more than a half hour and then offering a few short answers before ducking into player hospitality.

“The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’” he said. “I don’t know.”

The 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage is going to be a three-ring circus, and Mickelson, a likely choice to captain the U.S. team, will be the ringmaster.

Separately, shoutout to 2017 Latin Am champ Toto Gana, who does a terrific Donald Duck (skip to end).

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Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in

By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:34 pm

There's a new man at the top of the U.S. Ryder Cup race following the U.S. Open, and there's also a familiar name now on the outside looking in.

Brooks Koepka's successful title defense vaulted him to the top of the American points race, up four spots and ensuring he'll be on the team Jim Furyk takes to Paris in September. Dustin Johnson's third-place finish moved him past Patrick Reed at No. 2, while Webb Simpson entered the top eight after a a tie for 10th.

While Bryson DeChambeau remained at No. 9, Phil Mickelson dropped two spots to No. 10. Tony Finau, who finished alone in fifth, went from 16th to 13th, while Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 37.

Here's a look at the latest U.S. standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Jordan Spieth

6. Rickie Fowler

7. Bubba Watson

8. Webb Simpson


9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Matt Kuchar

12. Brian Harman

On the European side, England's Tommy Fleetwood took a big stride toward securing his first Ryder Cup appearance with a runner-up finish that included a Sunday 63 while countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick snuck into a qualifying spot after tying for 12th.

Here's a look at the updated Euro standings, with the top four from both points lists joining four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn at Le Golf National:

European Points

1. Tyrrell Hatton

2. Justin Rose

3. Tommy Fleetwood

4. Francesco Molinari


5. Thorbjorn Olesen

6. Ross Fisher

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Rory McIlroy

3. Alex Noren

4. Matthew Fitzpatrick


5. Ian Poulter

6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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Koepka autographs local kids' 'Go Brooks' sign after win

By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 2:30 pm

Brooks Koepka is a two-time U.S. Open winner, but that doesn't mean he's now too big to go sign a couple pieces of cardboard in somebody's front yard in the middle of the night.

Koepka's girlfriend, Jena Sims, posted two pictures to her Instagram story on Sunday of "Go Brooks" signs she says were put up by some local kids in the area where Koepka was staying for the week.

The first is dated prior to Koepka's final-round tee time.

The second is from Sunday night.

And here, separately, for no reason in particular (other than the fact that she posted it) is a video of Sims running over a parking cone at last year's U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Speaking of kids, just feels those two are gonna make it.

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Koepka moves to No. 4 in world with U.S. Open win

By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:05 pm

After successfully defending his U.S. Open title, Brooks Koepka reached a new career high in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Koepka held off Tommy Fleetwood to win by a shot Sunday at Shinnecock Hills, becoming the first player to go back-to-back in nearly 30 years. As a result, he jumped five spots in the latest rankings to No. 4, six spots higher than he reached with last year's U.S. Open victory at Erin Hills.

Fleetwood finished alone in second place and moved up two spots to No. 10, tying his career-best placement. Patrick Reed moved up two spots to No. 11 by finishing fourth, while fifth-place Tony Finau went from No. 37 to No. 31.

Updated Official World Golf Ranking

It was a largely quiet week in the rankings despite the fact that a major championship was contested. Outside of Koepka and Finau, the only other player inside the top 50 to move up or down more than three spots was Jason Dufner, who went from 53rd to 48th with a T-25 finish.

Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1 for the second consecutive week, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Koepka and Jordan Spieth. Jon Rahm dropped one spot to No. 6, with Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Fleetwood rounding out the top 10. Hideki Matsuyama fell two spots to No. 12, dropping out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2016.

Despite a missed cut at Shinnecock, Tiger Woods actually moved up one spot to No. 79 in the latest rankings. He plans to play the Quicken Loans National and The Open in the coming weeks, which will be his final two chances to move into the top 50 in time to qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The event is being held for the final time this summer at Firestone Country Club, where Woods has won eight times.