Golf Channel Posts Most-Watch 2nd Quarter

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 1, 2015, 7:31 pm

GOLF CHANNEL POSTS MOST-WATCHED

SECOND QUARTER, TYING 2013

 Through First Half of 2015, Golf Channel Continues as

No. 1 Most Affluent Network in Television

 Golf Channel Digital Posts Best Quarter Ever for Page Views and Unique Visitors

 ORLANDO, Fla. (July 1, 2015) – Golf Channel tied its most-watched second quarter ever and served 23.5 million unique viewers, which was driven by increases across the network’s live events and news programming schedules. For 24-hour Total Day (6AM-6AM), 124,000 average viewers per minute were tuned into Golf Channel in the second quarter, representing a 3% increase compared to second quarter 2014 (120,000) and tying second quarter 2013 as most-watched second quarter ever. This represents a 44% increase since Golf Channel joined NBC Sports Group, according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

 GOLF CHANNEL SECOND QUARTER VIEWERSHIP COMPARISON

2015                124,000          

2014                120,000           +3%

2013                124,000           Tied For Most-Watched

2012                115,000           +8%

2011                89,000             +39%

2010                86,000             +44%

 Additionally, Golf Channel continues as the No. 1 most-affluent network in all of television with the highest median household income for total day viewership (#2 NBCSN). Golf Channel also was the No. 1 most-affluent network in all of television in primetime (#2 NBCSN).

 Golf Channel’s second quarter highlights include:

  • PGA TOUR live coverage on Golf Channel is +9% YOY, +13% with P25-54
  • PGA TOUR live coverage on Golf Channel on NBC is +26% YOY, +27% with P25-54
  • Golf Channel posted its most-watched April ever and the network’s most-watched month since August 2013
  • Golf Channel posted its second most-watched Masters Week, behind 2013.  +33% with total viewers, +28% with P25-54
  • Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship’s live coverage from Augusta National was +20% YOY, +34% with P25-54
  • Golf Central’s Live from THE PLAYERS and early round coverage propelled Golf Channel to draw 8.1 million viewers throughout the week, making it the third most-viewed week on Golf Channel since August 2013, trailing only the past two Masters weeks.
  • With 174,000 average viewers per minute across PLAYERS week, it is the second most-watched PLAYERS week ever on Golf Channel.
  • As part of Golf Channel’s 25 consecutive days of live golf, the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships lifted their timeslots more than 100% from the prior four week averages and reached more than 3 million unique viewers.
  • KPMG Women’s PGA Championship aired across Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC, reaching almost 6 million unique viewers and averaging 292,000 viewers per minute, making it the second-best women’s major in the past year.
  • Golf Central’s Live from the U.S. Open was the second most-watched ever from this event, behind 2012, the last time the event was held on the West Coast.

 GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL POSTS BEST QUARTER EVER FOR PAGE VIEWS AND UNIQUE VISITORS

Golf Channel Digital generated record traffic via GolfChannel.com and mobile apps, according to Adobe Site Catalyst:

  • Golf Channel Digital 267 million page views (+42% YOY) – Best Quarter Ever
  • Golf Channel Digital 18 million unique visitors (+43% YOY) – Best Quarter Ever
  • Golf Channel Digital 11.7 million video starts (+30% YOY) – Best Second Quarter Ever

 Golf Live Extra streaming highlights include:

  • Second Quarter streamed 24.3 million live minutes (+16% YOY, +67% vs. 1st Q 2015)
  • Coverage of the THE PLAYERS on Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC was the most-streamed PGA TOUR event on NBC Sports Live Extra and Golf Live Extra since the 2014 Ryder Cup with 7.4 million live minutes, 150,000 unique devices and 213,000 visits.
  • PGA TOUR events in second quarter drew 1.9 million live minutes (+25% YOY, +54% vs. 1st Q 2015), 43,000 unique devices (19% YOY, +46% vs. 1st Q 2015), and 63,000 visits (28% YOY, +49% vs. 1st Q 2015)

 UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS ON GOLF CHANNEL AND GOLF CHANNEL ON NBC

Golf Channel will carry momentum of this record viewership and traffic into third quarter with a slate of live golf coverage and in-depth news and analysis, including:

  • Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open – NBC Sports Group will dedicate more than 25 hours of live tournament coverage, including the conclusion of third and final round play on Golf Channel on NBC.
  • Golf Central Live From St. Andrews– Golf Channel’s signature Golf Central news program will originate on-site from the home of golf with more than 25 live hours of news and analysis throughout Open Championship week during Golf Central Live From St. Andrews.
  • Golf Central Live From the PGA ChampionshipGolf Central’s Live From the PGA Championship news program will feature more than 40 hours of wraparound news coverage from Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.
  • FEDEX CUP Playoffs – NBC Sports Group will present the final three events of the 2015 FedExCup Playoffs beginning with the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept. 4-7) outside of Boston, and continuing with the BMW Championship (Sept. 17-20) outside of Chicago, before culminating in the 30-man-field TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (Sept. 24-27) in Atlanta. Golf Channel will have early-round and lead-in coverage of the first FEDEX CUP Playoff event, The Barclays (Aug 27-30)
  • Evian Championship – Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC will air a combined 22 hours of coverage – the most hours in tournament history – of the LPGA’s fifth and final major of 2015, the Evian Championship, from Evian les Bains, France, Sept. 9-13
  • Solheim Cup –From the first tee shot until the final putt drops, Golf Channel will televise more than 27 hours of the biennial Solheim Cup matches from Germany, Sept. 18-20, which pits the game’s top female players from Europe and U.S.A. in three days of match-play competition.

 ABOUT GOLF CHANNEL

Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Serving the most-affluent audience in all of television, Golf Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of NBC Sports Group – is available in more than 200 million homes in more than 80 countries and 11 languages around the world. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original content. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by GolfChannel.com, are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital and lifestyle services including Golf Channel Mobile, a comprehensive app covering golf’s latest headlines, scores and analysis; GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform and golf course technology partner, which includes the GolfNow Mobile App, featuring on-course GPS tracking, in-round scoring and game tracking; GolfAdvisor.com, a golf course ratings and review portal for golfers, by golfers; a North American network of Golf Channel Academy instructional facilities; and Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.

 GOLF CHANNEL’S COMMUNICATIONS:

David Schaefer

Vice President, Communications

David.Schaefer@GolfChannel.com

407-355-4542

 

– NBC Sports Group –

 Linear TV Source: Nielsen Live+Same Day US HH Rtg and P2+ 000’s and reach w/6 minute qualifier vs. prior comparable days/weeks/quarters/years.

Digital Source: Adobe Site Catalyst

 

 

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


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Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Spieth stands on brink of Open repeat

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 7:49 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth described Monday’s “ceremony” to return the claret jug to the keepers of the game’s oldest championship as anything but enjoyable.

For the last 12 months the silver chalice has been a ready reminder of what he was able to overcome and accomplish in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, a beacon of hope during a year that’s been infinitely forgettable.

By comparison, the relative pillow fight this week at Carnoustie has been a welcome distraction, a happy-go-lucky stroll through a wispy field. Unlike last year’s edition, when Spieth traveled from the depths of defeat to the heights of victory within a 30-minute window, the defending champion has made this Open seem stress-free, easy even, by comparison.

But then those who remain at Carnoustie know it’s little more than a temporary sleight of hand.

As carefree as things appeared on Saturday when 13 players, including Spieth, posted rounds of 67 or lower, as tame as Carnoustie, which stands alone as The Open’s undisputed bully, has been through 54 holes there was a foreboding tension among the rank and file as they readied for a final trip around Royal Brown & Bouncy.

“This kind of southeast or east/southeast wind we had is probably the easiest wind this golf course can have, but when it goes off the left side, which I think is forecasted, that's when you start getting more into the wind versus that kind of cross downwind,” said Spieth, who is tied for the lead with Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner at 9 under par after a 6-under 65. “It won't be the case tomorrow. It's going to be a meaty start, not to mention, obviously, the last few holes to finish.”

Carnoustie only gives so much and with winds predicted to gust to 25 mph there was a distinct feeling that playtime was over.

As melancholy as Spieth was about giving back the claret jug, and make no mistake, he wasn’t happy, not even his status among the leading contenders with a lap remaining was enough for him to ignore the sleeping giant.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


But then he’s come by his anxiousness honestly. Spieth has spent far too much time answering questions about an inexplicably balky putter the last few weeks and he hasn’t finished better than 21st since his “show” finish in April at the Masters.

After a refreshingly solid start to his week on Thursday imploded with a double bogey-bogey-par-bogey finish he appeared closer to an early ride home on Friday than he did another victory lap, but he slowly clawed his way back into the conversation as only he can with one clutch putt after the next.

“I'm playing golf for me now. I've kind of got a cleared mind. I've made a lot of progress over the year that's been kind of an off year, a building year,” said Spieth, who is bogey-free over his last 36 holes. “And I've got an opportunity to make it a very memorable one with a round, but it's not necessary for me to prove anything for any reason.”

But if an awakened Carnoustie has Spieth’s attention, the collection of would-be champions assembled around and behind him adds another layer of intrigue.

Kisner, Spieth’s housemate this week on Angus coast, has led or shared the lead after each round this week and hasn’t shown any signs of fading like he did at last year’s PGA Championship, when he started the final round with a one-stroke lead only to close with a 74 to tie for seventh place.

“I haven't played it in that much wind. So I think it's going to be a true test, and we'll get to see really who's hitting it the best and playing the best tomorrow,” said Kisner, who added a 68 to his total on Day 3.

There’s no shortage of potential party crashers, from Justin Rose at 4 under after a round-of-the-week 64 to 2015 champion Zach Johnson, who also made himself at home with Spieth and Kisner in the annual Open frat house and is at 5 under.

Rory McIlroy, who is four years removed from winning his last major championship, looked like a player poised to get off the Grand Slam schneid for much of the day, moving to 7 under with a birdie at the 15th hole, but he played the last three holes in 2 over par and is tied with Johnson at 5 under par. 

And then there’s Tiger Woods. For three magical hours the three-time Open champion played like he’d never drifted into the dark competitive hole that’s defined his last few years. Like he’d never been sidelined by an endless collection of injuries and eventually sought relief under the surgeon’s knife.

As quietly as Woods can do anything, he turned in 3 under par for the day and added two more birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. His birdie putt at the 14th hole lifted him temporarily into a share of the lead at 6 under par.

“We knew there were going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win on Sunday, and it's turning out to be that,” said Woods, who is four strokes off the lead. “I didn't want to be too far back if the guys got to 10 [under] today. Five [shots back] is certainly doable, and especially if we get the forecast tomorrow.”

Woods held his round of 66 together with a gritty par save at the 18th hole after hitting what he said was his only clunker of the day off the final tee.

Even that episode seemed like foreshadowing.

The 18th hole has rough, bunkers, out of bounds and a burn named Barry that weaves its way through the hole like a drunken soccer fan. It’s the Grand Slam of hazardous living and appears certain to play a leading role in Sunday’s outcome.

Perhaps none of the leading men will go full Jean Van de Velde, the star-crossed Frenchman who could still be standing in that burn if not for a rising tide back at the 1999 championship, but if the 499 yards of dusty turf is an uninvited guest, it’s a guest nonetheless.

It may not create the same joyless feelings that he had when he returned the claret jug, but given the hole’s history and Spieth’s penchant for late-inning histrionics (see Open Championship, 2017), the 18th hole is certain to produce more than a few uncomfortable moments.

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”