Golf Channel has the PGA Championship covered

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 7, 2011, 8:33 pm

Golf Channel is primed to deliver nearly 50 hours of comprehensive news coverage of the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga., featuring live news reports, inside analysis, player interviews, special guest appearances and compelling features.

Nearly 50 Hours of On-Site Coverage: Golf Channel’s news coverage of the PGA Championship will be headlined by “Live From the PGA Championship”, the network’s signature news program from golf’s major championships. Tuesday and Wednesday, “Live From the PGA Championship” will air news conference shows in the afternoon, followed by two-hour prime time shows at 6 p.m. ET. Thursday-Sunday, “Live From” will deliver wrap-around news coverage before and after tournament play. “Morning Drive”, the network’s live, weekday morning show, will expand its Tuesday and Wednesday shows to feature pre-event news conferences. The show also will expand to seven days next week, featuring daily guests from Atlanta Athletic Club. The “Grey Goose 19th Hole” will broadcast live from the golf course Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, and Michael Breed will host a special “The Golf Fix” on Monday at 7 p.m. ET, from the Atlanta Athletic Club driving range.

Live From the PGA Championship: Headlining Golf Channel’s coverage will be “Live From the PGA Championship”, originating from two sets at the Atlanta Athletic Club – the main stage located near the first tee of the Riverside Course and a round-table stage on the driving range. “Live From the PGA Championship” will feature player interviews, analysis, highlights, leaderboard updates and daily features from Golf Channel’s team of anchors, reporters and contributors.

Live from the PGA Championship Broadcast Team: Golf Channel’s “Live From the PGA Championship” broadcast team will include Kelly Tilghman, Rich Lerner, Kraig Kann, Steve Sands, Todd Lewis, Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, David Feherty, Charlie Rymer, Rex Hoggard, Jay Coffin, Jason Sobel, Tim Rosaforte, Alex Miceli and Ken Schofield.

Scheduled Guests: Special guests will join “Live From the PGA Championship” throughout the week, including Hall-of-Famer Greg Norman, Major Dan Rooney, PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka and PGA of America President Allen Wronowski.

Live From the PGA Championship Scheduled Features

Nobilo and Chamblee Take on Atlanta Athletic Club – Frank Nobilo will scout the holes at the Atlanta Athletic Club prior to the start of the tournament in segments that will air throughout the week. Nobilo and Brandel Chamblee also will look to re-create the key shots and moments on the course during prime-time news coverage.

Don Cheadle Voices PGA Championship Moments – Academy-award nominee Don Cheadle will voice a number of “PGA Championship Moments” that will air throughout the week.

Martin Kaymer – Tim Rosaforte will sit down with Martin Kaymer in a personality profile feature, talking about his passion for fashion on and off the golf course.

Nick Watney – Rosaforte will visit with Nick Watney, where Watney will discuss what he learned from losing the Sunday lead at the 2010 PGA Championship, along with his love for hip hop, the San Francisco Giants and flat brimmed baseball hats.

PGA Professional Features – Several PGA of America Professionals competing in the PGA Championship will be featured throughout the week.

Morning Drive Expands to Seven Days: Kicking off Golf Channel’s PGA Championship news coverage will be “Morning Drive”, hosted by Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams. Golf Channel’s popular weekday morning show will expand on Tuesday and Wednesday to cover pre-tournament news conferences, and also will air seven days next week, featuring live guests from Atlanta Athletic Club, daily.

Wall-to-Wall Coverage on will feature expanded editorial content and interactive capabilities with fans timed to the PGA Championship, including:

Live Blogs & Chats

Jason Sobel will blog each day of the competition to keep fans up-to-date as the action unfolds. Thursday-Friday, 11-3 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 2-7 p.m. ET.

John Hawkins will chat with fans from 9-11 a.m. ET Thursday-Sunday

Editorial Coverage

Jason Sobel, Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell, Jay Coffin and Ryan Ballengee will contribute to the Golf Talk Central blog, along with daily columns, news articles, features and breaking news.

Sunday, Aug. 7 – David Toms’ feature, revisiting how he played the 72nd hole to win the 2001 PGA Championship. Written by Rex Hoggard.

Monday, Aug. 8 – Jason Sobel’s predictions for the PGA Championship.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Top 10 Major Championship Landmarks feature. Randall Mell will revisit Dustin Johnson’s experience at the 2010 PGA Championship with an accompanying list of the top-10 major championship landmarks – little patches of earth that have become historically significant because of what was won or lost.

Exclusive Online Video Content

Morning and evening updates from Golf Channel’s “Live From the PGA Championship” team will be available each day.

“Tee to Green” features with Frank Nobilo as seen on “Live From” also will be available.

Live From the PGA Championship Programming (all times ET)

Monday, Aug. 8 Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m. Golf Central, 6-6:30 p.m. The Golf Fix, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 Morning Drive, 7-11 a.m. Live From the PGA Championship, noon-4 p.m. (news conferences) Live From the PGA Championship. 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 10 Morning Drive, 7-10 a.m. Live From the PGA Championship, 1-3 p.m. (news conferences) Live From the PGA Championship, 6-8 p.m. Grey Goose 19th Hole, 8-9 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11-12 Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m. Live from the PGA Championship, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Live From the PGA Championship, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14 Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m. Live From the PGA Championship, 9-11 a.m. Live From the PGA Championship, 7-9 p.m.

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Watch: Is this the up-and-down of the year?

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 3:30 pm

Play away from the pin? Just because there's a tree in your way? Not Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Watch him channel some Arnie (or, more appropriately, some Seve) with this shot in the Valderrama Masters:

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Cut Line: Farewell to the mouth that roared

By Rex HoggardOctober 19, 2018, 2:06 pm

In this week’s edition we bid farewell to the most outspoken and insightful analyst of his generation and examine a curious new interpretation that will require players to start paying attention to the small print.

Made Cut

Here’s Johnny. After nearly three decades Johnny Miller will hang up his microphone following next year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Miller called his first tournament as NBC Sports/Golf Channel’s lead analyst in 1990 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and he told Cut Line this week that at 71 years old he’s ready to relax and spend time with his 24 grandchildren.

“I was the first guy with an open microphone,” Miller said. “That requires a lot of concentration. It’s not that I couldn’t do it but the handwriting was on the wall; it would be more of a challenge.”

Miller will be missed for his insight as much as his often-blunt deliveries, but it’s the latter that made him one of a kind.

A long ride to the right place. After nearly four years of legal wrangling a group of PGA Tour caddies dropped their class-action lawsuit against the circuit this week.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in early 2015 in an attempt by the caddies to secure marketing rights for the bibs they wear during tournaments as a way to create better healthcare and retirement benefits.

The district court largely ruled against the caddies and that ruling was upheld by an appeals court earlier this year, but better healthcare options may still be in the cards for the caddies.

“I told the guys, if we really want a healthy working relationship with the Tour, we need to fix this and open the lines of communication,” said Scott Sajtinac, the president of the Association of Professional Tour Caddies.

Sajtinac told Cut Line that the Tour has offered a potential increase to the longtime stipend they give caddies for healthcare and in a statement the circuit said talks are ongoing.

“The PGA Tour looks forward to continuing to support the caddies in the important role they play in the success of our members,” the statement said.

It’s rare when both sides of a lawsuit walk away feeling good about themselves, but this particular outcome appears to have ended with a favorable outcome for everybody involved.

Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

A long haul. Tiger Woods acknowledged what many had speculated about, telling a group this week at his annual Tiger Woods Invitational at Pebble Beach that his season-ending push and his first victory in five years took a physical toll at the Ryder Cup.

“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season,” Woods said on Tuesday. “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf and on top of that deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”

Woods went 0-4 for the U.S. team in France and appeared particularly tired on Sunday following the European victory at Le Golf National.

For Woods the result was worth the effort with his victory at the Tour Championship ending a five-year drought, but his play and concession that it impacted him at the Ryder Cup does create some interesting questions for U.S. captain Jim Furyk, who sent Woods out for both team sessions on Saturday.

Tweet(s) of the week: @BobEstesPGA (Bob Estes) “I spoke to a past Ryder Cup captain yesterday. We both agreed that there should be a week off before the [Ryder Cup] to adequately rest and prepare.”

Given Woods’ comments this week it seems likely he would agree that a break – which may become the norm with the Tour season ending three weeks earlier – would be helpful, but Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts had a slightly different take in response to Estes’ tweet. “I’m afraid a different schedule wasn’t gonna make the fairways wider. On that particular course with how we played, [the United States] had absolutely no chance. Hasn’t more than half the euros played playoffs too?” Colsaerts tweeted.

It’s never too early to get a jump on the 2020 trash talking.

Missed Cut

By the book. The USGA and R&A’s most recent rulemaking hill involved the use of green-reading materials. On Monday the game’s rule-makers unveiled new interpretations on what will be allowed starting next year.

Out will be the legal-sized reams of information that had become ubiquitous on Tour, replaced by pocket-sized books that will include a limited scale (3/8 inch to 5 yards).

While the majority of those involved were in favor of a scaled-back approach to what to many seemed like information overload, it did seem like a curious line to draw.

Both sides of the distance debate continue to await which way the rule-makers will go on this front and, at least in the United States, participation continues to be a challenge.

Banning the oversized green-reading books may have been a positive step, but it was a micro issue that impacted a wildly small portion of the golf public. Maybe it’s time for the rule-makers to start looking at more macro issues.

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S.Y. Kim leads Kang, A. Jutanugarn in Shanghai

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:24 am

SHANGHAI  -- Sei Young Kim led the LPGA Shanghai by one stroke at the halfway point after shooting a 5-under-par 67 in the second round on Friday.

Kim made six birdies, including four straight from the sixth hole, to move to a 10-under 134 total. Her only setback was a bogey on the par-4 15th.

Kim struggled in the first half of the year, but is finishing it strong. She won her seventh career title in July at the Thornberry Creek Classic, was tied for fourth at the Women's British Open, and last month was runner-up at the Evian Championship.

''I made huge big par putts on 10, 11, 12,'' Kim said on Friday. ''I'm very happy with today's play.''

Danielle Kang (68) and overnight leader Ariya Jutanugarn (69) were one shot back.

Buick LPGA Shanghai: Articles, photos and videos

''I like attention. I like being in the final group. I like having crowds,'' Kang said. ''It's fun. You work hard to be in the final groups and work hard to be in the hunt and be the leader and chasing the leaders. That's why we play.''

She led into the last round at the Hana Bank Championship last week and finished tied for third.

Brittany Altomare had six birdies in a bogey-free round of 66, and was tied for fourth with Bronte Law (68) and Brittany Lincicome (68).

Angel Lin eagled the par-5 17th and finished with the day's lowest score of 65, which also included six birdies and a lone bogey.

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'Caveman golf' puts Koepka one back at CJ Cup

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:12 am

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – Brooks Koepka, recently named the PGA Tour Player of the Year, gave himself the perfect opportunity to become the No. 1 player in the world when he shot a 7-under par 65 to move to within one shot of the lead in the CJ Cup on Friday.

At the Nine Bridges course, the three-time major champion made an eagle on his closing hole to finish on 8-under par 136 after two rounds, just one stroke behind Scott Piercy, who was bogey-free in matching Koepka's 65.

With the wind subsiding and the course playing much easier than on the opening day when the scoring average was 73.26, 44 players – more than half the field of 78 – had under-par rounds.

Overnight leader Chez Reavie added a 70 to his opening-round 68 to sit in third place at 138, three behind Piercy. Sweden's Alex Noren was the other player in with a 65, which moved him into a tie for fourth place alongside Ian Poulter (69), four out of the lead.

The best round of the day was a 64 by Brian Harman, who was tied for sixth and five behind Piercy.

Full-field scores from the CJ Cup

CJ Cup: Articles, photos and videos

The 28-year-old Koepka will move to the top of the world rankings when they are announced on Monday if he wins the tournament.

Thomas, playing alongside Koepka, matched Koepka's eagle on the last, but that was only for a 70 and he is tied for 22nd place at 1 under.

Koepka's only bogey was on the par-5 ninth hole, where he hit a wayward tee shot. But he was otherwise pleased with the state of his ''caveman golf.''

''I feel like my game is in a good spot. I feel like the way I played today, if I can carry that momentum into Saturday and Sunday, it will be fun,'' Koepka, winner of the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, said.

''My game is pretty simple. I guess you can call it like caveman golf – you see the ball, hit the ball and go find it again. You're not going to see any emotion just because I'm so focused, but I'm enjoying it.''

Piercy, who has fallen to No. 252 in the world ranking despite winning the Zurich Classic earlier this year with Billy Horschel – there are no world ranking points for a team event – was rarely out of position in a round in which he found 13 of 14 fairways off the tee and reached 16 greens in regulation.

''Obviously, the wind was down a little bit and from a little bit different direction, so 10 miles an hour wind versus 20s is quite a big difference,'' said Piercy, who is looking for his first individual PGA Tour win since the Barbasol Championship in July 2015.

''It was a good day. Hit a couple close and then my putter showed up and made some putts of some pretty good length.''

Australia's Marc Leishman, winner last week at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, shot a 71 and was seven behind. Paul Casey's 73 included a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh hole and the Englishman is nine behind Piercy.