Golf Channel to Give Viewers Head Start on New Year's Resolution to Improve Their Game with "12 Tips of Xmas," Dec. 14-24

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 14, 2015, 2:20 pm

“12 Tips of Xmas” Kicks off with Special Holiday Instruction Show, Airing Exclusively on and

Featuring New Tips from Michael Breed, Peter Jacobsen, Todd Hamilton and Martin Hall

Twelve Golf Channel Academy Coaches to be Featured within Special Year-End “Morning Drive” Programming, Dec. 14-24

Viewers Can Utilize More Than 70 Tips Being Showcased Across

Golf Channel Social Media Platforms Using #12TipsofXmas

VIDEO: Special Holiday Instruction Show: #12TipsofXmas

Golf Channel is helping viewers get an early start on their New Year’s resolution to improving their golf game in 2016, with a dedicated “12 Tips of Xmas” campaign, beginning this week and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 24.

To help kick off the 12 Tips of Xmas, is featuring a special holiday instruction show on its homepage. The show is hosted by School of Golf‘s Blair O’Neal, and features exclusive new tips from Michael Breed, host of The Golf Fix; Champions Tour players Peter Jacobsen and Todd Hamilton; Golf Channel Academycoach Erika Larkin; and School of Golfhost Martin Hall. Beginning today, Dec. 14, and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 24, an additional 11 tips featuring Golf Channel Academy coaches will be unveiled one-by-one each day in the closing segment of the network’s Morning Drive year-end specials.’s specific show pages also will take part in 12 Tips of Xmaswith carousels of instruction tips from throughout the year.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Golf Channel’s social media platforms will complement the on-air and online component of 12 Tips of Xmas with an extensive campaign across its social media handles using the hashtag #12TipsofXmas. Collectively over the course of the 12 day campaign, posts will encompass more than 70 video clips of instruction tips from throughout the network’s 2015 programming. To access all #12TipsofXmas videos, follow:

Golf Channel:   Facebook & Twitter

Golf Channel Academy:   Facebook & Twitter

The Golf Fix:   Facebook & Twitter

Morning Drive:   Facebook & Twitter

YEAR-END INSTRUCTION PROGRAMMING: In addition to tips airing within Morning Drive, Golf Channel will feature some of the most memorable tips and lessons from 2015, beginning Monday, Dec. 14 and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 24. Programming will include episodes of The Golf Fix, Golf Channel Academy, School of Golf, Champions Tour Learning Center and Playing Lessons, and will air each day, Dec. 14-24, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. Viewers won’t have to wait long for the return of new instruction programming, with dates and airtimes scheduled for shows to make their 2016 debut:

The Golf Fix                                                 Monday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. ET

Golf Channel Academy                                Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. ET

School of Golf                                              Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. ET

Champions Tour Learning Center               Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Playing Lessons                                           Spring 2016

GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMY IN 2016: Golf Channel’s network of instruction facilities, Golf Channel Academy, also has become an on-air staple, with its coaches regularly appearing on Morning Drive in the popular “Coach of the Week” segments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with instruction tips to help viewers improve their game. “Coach of the Week” will resume in 2016, Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 5-6, with Henry Brunton (Ontario, Canada). And taking the coaching element a step further, the new Golf Channel Academy Digital Magazine is now available at, where golfers can sign up for a free trial. The latest issue focuses on unique ways to practice like the pros, and will be available Tuesday, Dec. 15.

#12TipsofXmas Airing on Morning Drive Schedule (All Times Eastern)

Monday, Dec. 14                    Trent Wearner (Englewood, Colo.)                             7-9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 15                    Kevin Weeks (Lemont, Ill.)                                        7-9 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 16               Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott  (Scottsdale, Ariz.)          7-8 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 17                   Charlie King (Greensboro, Ga.)                                 7-8 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 18                       Fred Griffin (Orlando, Fla.)                                         7-8 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 19                   Mitchell Spearman (Rye Brook, N.Y.)                          7-8 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 20                     Dana Rader (Charlotte, N.C.)                                      7-8 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 21                    Kip Puterbaugh (Carlsbad, Calif.)                               7-8 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 22                    Kelley Brooke (New York, N.Y.)                                 7-8 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 23               Kenny Nairn (Celebration, Fla.)                                  7-8 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 24                   Kellie Stenzel  (Palm Beach, Fla.)                               7-8 a.m.


Monday, Dec. 14        The Golf Fix                                                                           11 a.m.

                                 Golf Channel Academy – John Daly  (Driving)                           Noon

                                 Champions Tour Learning Center                                            12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 15       School of Golf - Get in the Zone                                              11 a.m.

                                  Playing Lessons – Gerina Piller                                                Noon

Wednesday, Dec. 16   The Golf Fix                                                                            11 a.m.

                                  Champions Tour Learning Center – Legendary Lessons           Noon

                                  Golf Channel Academy – Dave Stockton (Putting)                    12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 17      School of Golf – Unique Swings                                               11 a.m.

                                  Playing Lessons – Morgan Pressel                                            Noon

Friday, Dec. 18           Golf Channel Academy – Retief Goosen (Full Swing)                 11 a.m.

                                  Champions Tour Learning Center                                            11:30 a.m.

                                   The Golf Fix                                                                            Noon

Saturday, Dec. 19        Playing Lessons – Long Drivers                                               11 a.m.

                                   School of Golf – Power Pointers                                               Noon

Sunday, Dec. 20          Champions Tour Learning Center – Legendary Lessons            11 a.m.

                                   Golf Channel Acadmy – Jim Furyk (Full Swing)                          11:30 a.m.

                                   The Golf Fix                                                                            Noon

Monday, Dec. 21         Playing Lessons – Scott Stallings                                               11 a.m.

                                   School of Golf – Find Your Putting Stroke                                Noon

Tuesday, Dec. 22         The Golf Fix                                                                             11 a.m.

                                    School of Golf – Bring Your ‘A’ Game                                      Noon

Wednesday, Dec. 23     Golf Channel Academy – Ian Woosnam (Scoring Irons)               11 a.m.

                                    Champions Tour Learning Center                                              11:30 a.m.

                                    Golf Channel Academy – Paul McGinley (Short Game)               Noon

                                    Champions Tour Learning Center                                              12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 24        The Golf Fix                                                                              11 a.m.

                                    School of Golf – Mickelson Magic                                              Noon



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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Knox relishes round with 'mythical figure' Woods

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Russell Knox was expecting the worst and hoping for the best Thursday at The Open.

Playing with Tiger Woods tends to have that effect.

The native Scot received a treat earlier this week when he saw his name on the tee sheet alongside his boyhood idol, Woods.

“Felt good out there, but obviously my swing, it was just like I had too much tension,” Knox said after an opening 73. “I just wasn’t letting it go as normal. First round with Tiger, I expected to feel a little bit different. The way I felt was better than the way I swung.”

Knox said that he was nervous playing alongside Woods, a player he’d only encountered on the range. “He’s almost like a mythical figure,” he said.

But after a while, he settled into the rhythm of the round at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“I thought it would be worse,” he said, “I feel like I should know what I’m doing. It’s cool playing with Tiger, but I’ve got to get over that. I’m here to win, not just enjoy my walk around the course.”

Knox probably had more interaction with Woods than he anticipated, if only because the third member of the group, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, keeps to himself because of the language barrier.

“It’s kind of a blur,” Knox said. “It’s like, Oh, I’m chatting away with Tiger here like normal. I don’t even remember what I was saying.”

There have been countless stories from this year as the next generation of players – guys who grew up watching Woods dominate the sport – get paired with Woods for the first time.

It was no less special for Knox on Thursday.

“It’s nice for him to say things like that,” Woods said, “and we enjoyed playing with each other. Hopefully we’ll play a little bit better tomorrow.”

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Rain expected to shower Carnoustie Friday morning

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:43 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – By the end of the day Friday, we’ll be able to determine which side of The Open draw ended the first two rounds at Carnoustie with more favorable conditions. With rain expected for most of Friday morning, it seems those who played early/late may be more pleased.

According to, there is a 75 percent chance of rain beginning at 2 a.m. local time Friday here in Scotland. That percentage vaults up to 95 percent by 7 a.m., with the first tee time scheduled for 6:35. At 11, the number drops to 55 percent. After 2 p.m., the percentage chances of rain are 25 percent and below for the remainder of the day.

Temperatures during the day are expected to be from the low 50s to the low 60s and winds will vary between 14-18 mph, again per

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

This is The Open’s official weather report for the weekend:

Saturday: A dull start with some drizzle possible. Staying cloudy for much of the day but gradually becoming brighter with a chance of some sunny intervals during the afternoon and evening. Winds light and variable in direction but should predominantly settle in to a SSE 8-12mph during the afternoon. Max temp 20C (68F).

Sunday: Often cloudy but mainly dry. A better chance of some decent sunny spells compared to Saturday. Most likely the windiest day of the Championship; SW 12-18mph with gusts 20-25mph. Feeling warm, especially in any sunshine with a max temp of 23C (73F).

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Bandaged Woods 5 back after even-par 71

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:38 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods arrived Thursday with therapeutic tape on the back of his neck.

Carnoustie’s back nine inflicted even more pain.

Playing in the most difficult conditions of the day, Woods’ progress was stalled by two late bogeys as he settled for an even-par 71 that left him five shots off the lead at The Open.

“I played better than what the score indicates,” he said. “It certainly could have been a little bit better.”

Woods created a stir when he showed up with black kinesiology tape on his neck. Afterward, he said that his neck has been bugging him “for a while” and that Thursday was merely the first time that the tape was visible.

“Everyone acts like this is the first time I’ve been bandaged up,” he said, smiling. “I’ve been doing this for years.”

Woods said that the discomfort didn’t really affect his swing, other than a few shots “here and there.” It didn’t seem to affect his score, either, as he went out in 2 under before a few stumbles on the back nine.

On the fast, baked-out turf, he played conservatively off the tee, using driver only once and 3-wood just twice. Apparently he didn’t need the added distance, not with his 6-iron traveling 240 yards. He tried to play to his spots, even if it routinely left him more than 200 yards for his approach.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

That’s the strategy he employed at Hoylake in 2006, where he hit driver just once and captured the third of his Open titles. Despite some of the similarities in firmness, Woods said that Carnoustie presents a different challenge off the tee.

“These fairways are very small,” he said. “They’re hard to hit right now. They’re so fast, and they’re so moundy.”

Finding the fairway wasn’t the chief problem for Woods on Day 1, however. He missed just four fairways but found only 11 greens.

More damaging to his score was his play on the par 5s. Despite having only an 8-iron in, he failed to birdie each of the two par 5s and then bogeyed Nos. 10, 13 and 15 to squander his early momentum.

Though the draw here won’t be a significant factor – or at least not like in recent years, with a wide range in scores from morning to afternoon – it’s clear that Woods (in game 47 of 52) encountered the most difficult of the conditions Thursday, with the wind gusting to 20 mph and the fairways running even faster after another sun-splashed afternoon.

Still, his opening 71 was one of the better scores in the late wave.

“He hit it good,” said playing partner Russell Knox. “He plotted his way around, which I expected him to do, and he was very conservative off the tee. It’s kind of fun to watch him do that, to be honest.”

Even more fun would be a major with Woods in contention.

He hasn’t broken par in the opening round of his last eight majors. Indeed, for Woods, these slow starts have been the real pain in the neck.