Golf Channel Sets Up For PGA Championship With More Than 50 Live Hours

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 2, 2013, 3:34 pm

In preparation for the men’s final major championship of the year, Golf Channel is dedicating an entire week of programming – incorporating more than 50 live hours of news, analysis, highlights, interviews, instruction and debate – to surround the 2013 PGA Championship, taking place Aug. 5-11 on the famed East Course at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP:  Headlining Golf Channel’s live programming from the PGA Championship will be the network’s signature LIVE FROM show, which will feature all the latest news from Oak Hill throughout the week.  Anchored by Rich Lerner and Kelly Tilghman, LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP will feature contributions from Golf Channel’s top-notch team of analysts and reporters, including Frank Nobilo, Brandel Chamblee, Notah Begay, Steve Sands, Todd Lewis, Tim Rosaforte and Ryan Burr, as well as regular contributors John Feinstein and Ken Schofield.  Reporting mainly from a custom-built set adjacent to the Oak Hill clubhouse, LIVE FROM also will feature reports from the player practice area and showcase video footage from unique camera positions around the golf course.

Other live productions from Oak Hill during the week include the high-energy instruction of 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed on THE GOLF FIX, which will be hosted live from the driving range on Monday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. ET.  The lively discussion and debate that has become the hallmark of the GREY GOOSE 19th HOLE also will be televised from Oak Hill, Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. ET, featuring a panel that will include Golf Channel’s Steve Sands and John Feinstein, as well as Golf World and Golf Digest magazines contributor Geoff Shackelford and former executive director of the USGA, David B. Fay.

MORNING DRIVE:  The unique challenge of Oak Hill’s layout for the PGA Championship will be a main topic of discussion all week for Morning Drive co-hosts Gary Williams, Damon Hack and Charlie Rymer, who recently visited the course.  Video features will highlight Williams’ walkthrough with Kerry Haigh, chief championship officer for the PGA of America and a leading authority in tournament golf course set up and operations.  John Cook also will join the team.

PLAYER NEWS CONFERENCES:  MORNING DRIVE and LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP will feature every scheduled player news conference staged from Oak Hill Country Club Tuesday and Wednesday.

FEATURES: Throughout the week, LIVE FROM feature stories  will showcase the history of the PGA Championship, Oak Hill Country Club and the city of Rochester.  A sampling includes:
        Vijay – A two-time PGA Championship winner, Vijay Singh recently has created more headlines off the course than on it.
        Walter Hagen – Having won 11 major championships, including a record-tying five PGA Championship victories, this Rochester, N.Y., native was a major figure in golf during the first half of the 20th century.
        Craig Harmon – A profile of Craig Harmon, a member of golf’s famous Harmon brothers – also including Butch, Dick and Bill – and head pro at Oak Hill Country Club.
        Oak Hill – A rich history envelopes Oak Hill Country Club, which sprouted from a nine-hole course in 1901 and hosted its first major championship in 1956.
        Sean Foley – his counsel is behind the swings of some of the most famous players in the game today, including Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, Sean O’Hair and 2013 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose, the first player to win a major championship while under Foley’s tutelage.

DIGITAL COVERAGE: and live streaming application Golf Live Extra are teaming up to keep fans on the go up to date with all the news from the PGA Championship.  A team from, including Rex Hoggard, Jason Sobel, Ryan Lavner and John Hawkins, will feature expanded editorial content and interactive opportunities for fans themed to The Open Championship.

Live Chats
Senior Writer Jason Sobel and contributor John Hawkins will host live chats on Thursday through Sunday to keep fans up to date, answer questions and discuss the latest news:
• Thursday, 2-6 p.m. ET
• Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET
• Saturday, 3-7 p.m. ET
• Sunday, 3-7 p.m. ET

Video users will have access to video both live and on-demand all week, including:
• GolfTalk Central news and information updates.
• Essays from contributing writer John Hawkins.
• Clips from MORNING  DRIVE and LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP telecasts on Golf Channel.

Fans who are customers of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services, will be able to enjoy 24/7 streaming of Golf Channel content through and Golf Channel’s mobile application, Golf Live Extra, via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.  Golf Channel’s mobile app also will feature all the on-demand content featured on

Social also features the Golf Channel Social Lounge (, a social center that aggregates all social media posts related to a specific event in one location on the site.  The Social Lounge currently is aggregating all content on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram mentioning @PGAChampionship and using the hashtag #PGAChamp.

Golf Channel PGA Championship Week Programming (all times ET):

Monday, Aug. 5
Morning Drive                                                       7-9 a.m.
The Golf Fix                                                          6-7 p.m.
Live From the PGA Championship                            7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Morning Drive                                                       7-11 a.m.          (includes player news conferences)
Live From the PGA Championship                           11 a.m.-3 p.m.   (player news conferences)
Live From the PGA Championship                           7-9 p.m.

Wednesday,  Aug. 7
Morning Drive                                                        7-11 a.m.           (includes player news conferences)
Live From the PGA Championship                            11 a.m.-3 p.m.   (player news conferences)
Grey Goose 19th Hole                                             6-7 p.m.
Live From the PGA Championship                            7-9 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 8
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.

Friday, Aug. 9
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, Aug. 10
Morning Drive                                                        7-9 a.m.
Live From the PGA Championship                            9-11 a.m.
Live From the PGA Championship                            7-9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 11
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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M. Jutanugarn eyeing first win with L.A. Open lead

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:50 am

LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn took the lead into the weekend at the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open in her latest bid to join younger sister Ariya as an LPGA winner.

Moriya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Friday at Wilshire Country Club to get to 8-under 134 in the LPGA Tour's first event in Los Angeles since 2005. The 23-year-old from Thailand started fast with birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 third and par-3 fourth and added two more on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th.

Ariya Jutanugarn has seven LPGA victories.

Marina Alex was second after a 68.

Full-field scores from the Hugel-JTBC Open

So Yeon Ryu was 6 under after a 69, and fellow South Korean players Inbee Park(71) and Eun-Hee Ji (69). Park was the first-round leader at 66. Lexi Thompsonwas 3 under after a 71.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng followed her opening 74 with a 67 to get to 1 under.

Ariya Jutanugarn (71) was even par, and Michelle Wie (70) was 1 over. Brooke Henderson, the Canadian star who won last week in Hawaii, had a 79 to miss the cut.

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Garcia tosses driver, misses Valero cut

By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

It wasn't quite to the level of his watery meltdown earlier this month at the Masters, but Sergio Garcia still got frustrated during the second round of the Valero Texas Open - and his driver paid the price.

Garcia had a hand in redesigning the AT&T Oaks Course along with Greg Norman several years ago, but this marked his first return to TPC San Antonio since 2010. After an opening-round 74, Garcia arrived to the tee of the short par-4 fifth hole and decided to get aggressive with driver in hand.

When his shot sailed well left, a heated Garcia chucked the club deep into the bushes that lined the tee box:

It took considerable effort for Garcia to find and retrieve the club amid the branches, and once he did things only got worse. He appeared to shank a chip once he got up to his ball, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on a demanding track.

Garcia closed out his round with four straight pars, and at 2 over he eventually missed the cut by a shot. It marks the first time he has missed consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour since 2003, when he sat out the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Invitational and Memorial Tournament in successive weeks.

Garcia entered the week ranked No. 10 in the world, and he was the only top-20 player among the 156-man field. He missed the cut at the Masters in defense of his title after carding an octuple-bogey 13 on the 15th hole during the opening round.

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Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.

He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.

''You just never know. That's the beauty of this game,'' Johnson said. ''I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.''

Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.

They had a one-shot lead over Grayson Murray (69) and Andrew Landry (67).

Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots behind. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.

Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open

Valero Texas Open: Articles, photos and videos

Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, had a short stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.

Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and missed the cut.

It was the first time since 2010 that Garcia missed the cut in successive starts. That was the PGA Championship and, 10 weeks later, the Castello Masters in Spain. This time, he missed the cut in the Masters and Texas Open three weeks apart.

Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.

The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.

Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.

''That was a huge momentum putt there,'' Moore said of the 14th. ''It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and ... yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.''

The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.

''So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,'' he said.

The cut was at 1-over 145, and because 80 players made the cut, there will be a 54-hole cut on Saturday.

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Daly-Allen team grabs Legends of Golf lead on Day 2

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 11:14 pm

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.

''Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,'' Daly said. ''We've been buddies since. He's just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he's not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I'll go first.''

On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.

''I went to high school in Jeff City, so it's cool to have the fans behind us,'' Daly said.

Allen won the PGA Tour Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.

''I'm just here to free up John,'' Allen said. ''It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.''

Full-field scores from the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf

Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.

''Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you're up high hitting to a green that's down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,'' Lehman said. ''If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.''

Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.

First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.