Golf Channel Joins NBC Sports in Celebration of Super Bowl XLIX Week

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 14, 2015, 3:10 pm

With the PGA TOUR in Phoenix, Golf Central Will Report from Custom Set Built Inside the Famous 16th Hole ‘Coliseum’ at TPC Scottsdale; Plus Celebrities Take Their ‘Shot at Glory’ in Front of the Par-3’s Raucous Gallery


Golf Channel to Air Early Round, Live Coverage of the PGA TOUR’s

Waste Management Phoenix Open – ‘The Greatest Show on Grass’


David Feherty Unleashes His Critically Acclaimed Wit and Humor – NFL Style – With Back-to-Back Nights of Feherty Live from Phoenix


As NBC prepares for its exclusive presentation of the biggest sporting event of the year – Super Bowl XLIX – NBC Sports Group’s Golf Channel also will present marquee events and themed programming from Phoenix, Ariz., to celebrate the week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1.

Golf Central Live from the Famous 16th Hole at TPC Scottsdale:

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 27, Golf Channel will take its Golf Central news show on the road to the site of the PGA TOUR’s best-attended event of the year, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which regularly attracts upwards of 500,000 spectators.  Golf Central will broadcasting from a custom-designed set inside what has become popularly known as “The Coliseum,” the famous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale and loudest hole in golf, where more than 25,000 rowdy spectators surrounding the hole will serve as the show’s backdrop.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. ET, an extended version of Golf Central will showcase the Phoenix Suns Shot at Glory, an entertaining closest-to-the-pin contest for charity featuring celebrities, business leaders and Wounded Warriors.  Taking place on the famous 16th hole, participants not only have the pressure of the shot, but they also have to perform in front of thousands of people on golf’s loudest hole.  Past winners include rock star Alice Cooper (2010), country star Dierks Bentley (2013) and Phoenix Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman (2014).  Expected to participate is Old Tom Morris, the character spokesperson seen in popular commercials for GolfNow, Golf Channel’s industry-leading online tee time booking platform.

Golf Channel will carry live, early round coverage of the Waste Management Phoenix Open from TPC Scottsdale, on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29-30, from 2:30-6:30 p.m. ET; as well as live, lead-in coverage on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET.  Headlining the field of players are three-time champion Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.

NBC Sports’ Al Michaels Kicks Off Season Five of Feherty:

On Monday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET, season five of Feherty will begin with a visit with Al Michaels, legendary sportscaster and play-by-play commentator for Sunday Night Football on NBC, as well as NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX.  David Feherty and Michaels discuss a career in sports that spans nearly 50 years highlighted by Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals and great Olympic moments, including his call at the historic “Miracle on Ice” game between the United States and the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.  Michaels’ book, “You Can’t Make This Up,” currently is a New York Times best seller.

Feherty Live Returns to the Super Bowl:

Emmy-nominated David Feherty is ready to unleash the wit, wackiness and an unconventional interview style during Super Bowl week that has earned his show critical acclaim, with two Feherty Live stage shows originating from Phoenix, Ariz.  Featuring guests from the worlds of golf, the NFL and entertainment, both shows also will air live on Golf Channel, Wednesday, Jan. 28, and Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. ET.

Feherty has been described as one of the “funniest men in the game” by Yahoo! Sports and these two shows will mark his sixth and seventh live performances on Golf Channel, and the second time from a Super Bowl host city.  In 2012 in Indianapolis, Feherty brought down the house with football greats Joe Theismann, Steve Mariucci and Tim Tebow at the height of Tebow-mania.

This year, an expected live audience of 1,000 fans will rock the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix for each Feherty Live show.  MCA recording artist and country singer-songwriter Josh Kelley will return as musical entertainment.

#Finding Feherty Scavenger Hunt:

Phoenix-area residents will have the opportunity to win tickets to a Feherty Live show, as well as meet David Feherty, through a social media scavenger hunt titled #FindingFeherty.  Starting Jan. 21 and leading up to the first performance of Feherty Live on Jan. 28, Golf Channel will give away 49 pairs of tickets, which will be hidden in high-trafficked, public places in the Phoenix area.  Clues to finding the tickets will be sent out via Golf Channel’s Twitter and Instagram  feeds.  One pair of tickets will be “golden tickets,” which will include – in addition to complimentary admission to a Feherty Live show – a chance to meet David Feherty in person, a free foursome round of golf courtesy of GolfNow, and tickets to the Golf Central set at the 16th hole “Coliseum” at the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Time for GolfNow:

The industry’s leading online, tee time service, GolfNow – part of Golf Channel’s suite of digital businesses utilizing technology to encourage more golfers to play more golf – will have a major presence in Phoenix, a top-10 market in the United States for total number of golfers.  Partner course operators, as well as GolfNow’s most engaged golf bookers in the region will be invited to enjoy the Waste Management Phoenix Open for the company’s Customer Appreciate Day.  Activities include invitations to go inside Golf Central’s “Super Suite” from the 16th hole “Coliseum,” attend a Feherty Live performance, and cheer on GolfNow’s beloved Old Tom Morris character during the tournament’s Shot at Glory charity contest.  GolfNow also will host an expo booth on the grounds of TPC Scottsdale where it will showcase a selection of mobile apps, including GolfNow, Golf Channel Academy – and, Golf Channel’s new golf course recommendation site for golfers, by golfers.

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Bend it like Garcia? Sergio scores in player-caddie soccer match

By Grill Room TeamOctober 20, 2018, 2:44 am

Sergio Garcia has always been able to work his golf ball from left to right, but he's also - apparently - proficient at playing a draw with a soccer ball.

This year's Adalucia Valderrama Masters is suffering through some weather issues. But the highlight of the week - and, according to the Felipe Aguilar, "the year" - was always going to be the event's player-caddie soccer match, which you can see here:

The standout highlight? This bending, left-footed(!) strike from defending champion Sergio Garcia:

"Just a little bit of fun with the caddies and some of the players," Garcia nonchalantly says in the video. "Yeah, just a little bit of running and it was good fun."

Garcia, a diehard Real Madrid fan who kicked off El Clasico in his green jacket back in 2016, has previously appeared in professional matches for CF Borriol, a Tercera Division club in Spain. 

"It's good fun and whenever I'm around I get to practice with them a little bit and play a little bit here and there. This season, I've played probably five games, so not a lot, but I enjoy it," Garcia told CNN back in 2013.

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Dunlap, in 'excruciating pain,' shares early Dominion lead

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:29 pm

RICHMOND, Va. – Scott Dunlap and Fran Quinn shot 5-under 67 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Fighting a left wrist injury that will require surgery, Dunlap matched Quinn with a closing birdie on the par-5 18th on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course.

''Maybe excruciating pain is the key to playing good golf because I'm not getting nervous on a shot, you're just trying to get through it,'' Dunlap said. ''The worst parts are gripping it and getting the club started ... that's when that bone hits that bone.''

The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 on Sunday will get spots next week in the Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

Full-field scores from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic

The 55-year-old Dunlap entered the week 29th in the standings. Playing through the wrist injury, he's coming off ties for ninth and seventh in his last two starts.

''I think I finally taped it the right way,'' Dunlap said. ''Or maybe it's the pain meds kicking in. I don't know, one of the two.''

Quinn is 64th in the standings.

''I finished up strong last year, too, kind of secured my privileges for the following year making eagle on 18,'' Quinn said. ''I played solid all day. I had a lot of opportunities. A couple hiccups.''

Jay Haas was a stroke back with Kent Jones, Stephen Ames, Woody Austin and Tim Petrovic. The 64-year-old Haas won the last of his 18 senior titles in 2016.

Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez, second in the standings, were at 69 with Joey Sindelar, Tom Gillis, Billy MayfairLee Janzen, Glen Day and Gene Sauers.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer opened with a 70. The 61-year-old German star won the SAS Championship last week in North Carolina to take the points lead. He has two victories this year and 38 overall on the 50-and-over tour.

Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Kevin Sutherland had a 71. He's 14th in the standings. No. 3 Jerry Kelly shot 72. No. 4 Scott McCarron, the 2016 tournament winner, had a 74.

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Weather continues to plague Valderrama Masters

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 7:55 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Marc Warren helped his chances of retaining his European Tour card by moving into a tie for second place behind Englishman Ashley Chesters at the rain-hit Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Friday.

Bad weather interrupted play for a second straight day at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain before darkness caused the second round to be suspended until Saturday, with overnight Chesters still ahead at 5-under.

Weather delays on Thursday, including a threat of lightning, had kept 60 golfers from finishing their opening round. They included Scottish player Warren, who went out on Friday and finished his first round with a 2-under 69.

He then made three birdies to go with one bogey on the first nine holes of the second round before play was halted. He joined Frenchman Gregory Bourdy one shot behind Chesters.

Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters

''I'm hitting the ball as well as I have in a long time,'' Warren said. ''Hitting fairways and greens is the most important thing around here, so hopefully I wake up tomorrow with the same swing.''

Chesters and Bourdy were among several golfers unable to play a single hole in the second round on Friday.

Warren, a three-time European Tour winner, has struggled this season and needs a strong performance to keep his playing privileges for next year.

Currently ranked 144th, Warren needs to break into the top 116 to keep his card.

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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: