Golf Channel Launches 2013 Fantasy Challenge

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 20, 2012, 6:16 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2012) – Coming off a successful 2012 fantasy golf season that drew a 200 percent increase in the total number of players over its inaugural year in 2011, Golf Channel continues the momentum with the launch of the 2013 Fantasy Challenge. The 2013 game features new enhancements, weekly prizes, interactive capabilities and – for the first time – expanding to include the five major championships on the 2013 LPGA Tour schedule.

Registration is free and is now open for the 2013 season by visiting The season begins at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Jan. 4-7) and concludes the week of the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola (Sept. 19-22). Fans have the opportunity to join a league or play individually against fantasy golf enthusiasts from around the country and against Golf Channel’s team of experts.
For the first time, the 2013 Fantasy Challenge will expand to the LPGA Tour to include the Tour’s five Major Championships – the Kraft Nabisco Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, RICOH Women’s British Open, Wegmans LPGA Championship and Evian Masters. The 2013 Fantasy Challenge also will include several top events on the European Tour, beginning with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and continuing with the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, Omega Dubai Desert Classic, BMW PGA Championship and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

How to Play Fantasy Golf Challenge:
Every Monday during the season, registered players will receive an email alert that the tournament field has been set and to make predictions prior to the start of tournament play. Each week, fantasy enthusiasts will select four players from four groups (one per group). The groups are designated via the Official World Golf Rankings, with the highest ranked players in group A and lowest in group D. Scores and rankings will coincide with the monies won by the respective players chosen for each tournament.

Enhancements and Improvements:
Mulligans: Opportunity to use one mulligan to drop the lowest weekly score per segment (2013 Fantasy Challenge is broken up into three segments).
New Interactive Capabilities: Opportunity to share weekly selections and interact with fellow players – and Golf Channel experts – on Twitter and Facebook throughout the year.

2013 Prizes:
Weekly Prizes:
Three weekly winners will receive gift cards from Dick’s Sporting Goods, including $100 for first place and $50 for second and third.
Segment Prizes: The 2013 Fantasy Challenge will be broken down into three segments: Kickoff, Spring and Summer. The top-three finishers from each segment will receive a new hybrid golf club.
The Top 10 Overall Prizes: The top-10 overall winners across the entire season for the Fantasy Challenge will receive a new driver.
Grand Prize Winner: The grand prize winner for the 2013 Fantasy Challenge will receive a golf trip for two including round trip airfare, hotel, rental car and $500 in spending cash.

Expert Picks:
Golf Channel’s team of experts will reveal their weekly fantasy selections every Wednesday on Morning Drive throughout the 2013 season. Morning Drive and Golf Central also will update viewers on the Fantasy Challenge leader board each week during the season.

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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.

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Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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Peterson confirms plans to play Finals

By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Tour Finals.

Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.

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But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.