Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes and Notes (Aug. 25-28): The Barclays, Canadian Pacific Women's Open, WinCo Foods Portland Open, Made in Denmark, Boeing Classic

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 25, 2016, 3:15 pm

Olympic Silver Medalist and World No. 1 Lydia Ko Headlines Field at Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Tour’s WinCo Foods Portland Open to Determine “The 25” Earning 2016-17 PGA TOUR Cards in Regular Season Finale

 European Tour Stages Made in Denmark

 PGA TOUR Champions in Washington for Boeing Classic


ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2016) – The PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs begin this week on the historic Black Course at Bethpage State Park in New York with The Barclays. Jordan Spieth and Jason Day headline a field that are eligible to compete based on the top-125 in the regular season FedExCup standings. The top-100 after this week advances to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship next week. The LPGA Tour is in Canada for the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, where Rolex Rankings No. 1 and Olympic silver medalist Lydia Ko will look to defend her 2015 title. The Tour stages its final regular season event this week with the WinCoFoods Portland Open where – at week’s end – the Tour will present 2016-17 PGA TOUR cards to the top-25 in the season-long money list. Players finishing 26-100 on the money list will be eligible to compete in the Tour Finals, along with players having finished 126-200 in the PGA TOUR FedExCup race during the regular season. At the conclusion of the four-week Tour Finals, an additional 25 PGA TOUR 2016-17 cards will be awarded. Billy Andrade will defend his title at the Boeing Classic near Seattle on the PGA TOUR Champions, while the European Tour is in Denmark for Made in Denmark.


The Barclays

Dates: August 25-28

Venue: Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              2-6 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m. -3:30 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Kicking off the FedExCup Playoffs: The PGA TOUR 2015-16 regular season concluded last week after 42 events and the top-125 in the FedExCup standings earned their 2016-17 PGA TOUR cards, becoming eligible to compete in the Playoffs. 121 players are currently in the field this week, and the top-100 in the standings following Sunday’s final round will be eligible to compete in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston.

Day defends: Jason Day defeated Henrik Stenson by six strokes at Plainfield Country Club in 2015 to earn his sixth career PGA TOUR win.

Final Week for U.S. Ryder Cup Points: This week is the final week for American players to earn points towards qualifying for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. After this week, the top-eight players in points will qualify.

Headlining the field: Olympic medalists Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar, along with Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Play by Play:   Rich Lerner

Analyst:           Nick Faldo

Tower:             Frank Nobilo, Jim Gallagher, Jr.

On Course:      Phil Blackmar

Interviews:      George Savaricas


Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

Dates: Aug. 25-28

Venue: Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club (Raven Course), Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6-9 p.m. ET (Live)

Friday              6-9 p.m. ET (Live)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. ET (Live)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. ET (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

World No. 1 and Olympic Silver Medalist Lydia Ko Headlines Strong Field: Olympic silver medalist, World No. 1 and defending champion Lydia Ko headlines a strong international field that includes 20 of the top-25 ranked players in the Rolex Rankings.

Notables in field: In Gee Chun, Brooke Henderson, Charley Hull, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Sei Young Kim, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Anna Nordqvist, Gerina Piller, Karrie Webb and Michelle Wie.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Judy Rankin

Tower: Tom Abbott

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Gail Graham     


WinCo Foods Portland Open

Dates: Aug. 25-28

Venue: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Oregon 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         Noon-2 p.m. (Live)

Friday              Noon-2 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          8-10 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            8-10 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 am (Replay) 

Broadcast Notes:

Finalizing “The 25”: The top-25 on the Tour money list following Sunday’s final round will earn their 2016-17 PGA TOUR card. Players finishing 26-100 on the money list will be eligible to compete for 25 additional PGA TOUR cards in the four-event Tour Finals, along with players having finished 126-200 in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup standings.

Headlining the field: Matt Atkins, Rodolfo Cazaubon, Max Homa, Stephan Jaeger, Trey Mullinax, C.T. Pan, Seamus Power, Xander Schauffele, J.J. Spaun, Andrew Svoboda and Richy Werenski.                                                                                        

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Grant Boone

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Steve Burkowski

On-Course: Tripp Isenhour / Kay Cockerill


Boeing Classic

Dates: August 26-28

Venue: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              9-11 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          6-8 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            6-8 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Andrade defends: Billy Andrade defeated Bernhard Langer by one stroke to earn his second career PGA TOUR Champions win.

Headlining the field: Billy Andrade, John Cook, John Daly, Bernhard Langer, Rocco Mediate, Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik and Gene Sauers.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Play by Play:   Whit Watson

Analyst:           Lanny Wadkins

Tower:             John Mahaffey, Dave Marr III

On Course:      Billy Ray Brown


Made in Denmark

Dates: August 25-28

Venue: Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort (PGA Backtee Course), Aalborg, Denmark

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m. – Noon (Live)

Friday              5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m. – Noon (Live)        

Saturday          7-11 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            6:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Horsey Defends: David Horsey won by two strokes over four players for his fourth career European Tour win.

Headlining the Field: Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Matthew Fitzpatrick, David Horsey, Martin Kaymer, Shane Lowery, Thomas Pieters, Y.E. Yang.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host:    Mike Ritz

Play by Play:   Dougie Donnelly

Analyst:           Warren Humphreys

On Course:      Julian Tutt

-NBC Sports Group-

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Twitter spat turns into fundraising opportunity

By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 6:30 pm

Country music star Jake Owen, along with Brandt Snedeker, has turned a spat on Twitter into a fundraising campaign that will support Snedeker’s foundation.

On Thursday, Owen was criticized during the opening round of the Tour’s Nashville Golf Open, which benefits the Snedeker Foundation, for his poor play after opening with an 86.

In response, Snedeker and country singer Chris Young pledged $5,000 for every birdie that Owen makes on Friday in a campaign called NGO Birdies for Kids

Although Owen, who is playing the event on a sponsor exemption, doesn’t tee off for Round 2 in Nashville until 2 p.m. (CT), the campaign has already generated interest, with NBC Sports/Golf Channel analyst Peter Jacobsen along with Tour player Zac Blair both pledging $100 for every birdie Owen makes.

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Noren so impressed by Rory: 'I'm about to quit golf'

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 5:33 pm

Alex Noren won the BMW PGA Championship last year, one of his nine career European Tour victories.

He opened his title defense at Wentworth Club in 68-69 and is tied for fourth through two rounds. Unfortunately, he's five back of leader Rory McIlroy. And after playing the first two days alongside McIlroy, Noren, currently ranked 19th in the world, doesn't seem to like his chances of back-to-back wins.

McIlroy opened in 67 and then shot a bogey-free 65 in second round, which included pars on the pair of par-5 finishing holes. Noren walked away left in awe.

"That's the best round I've ever seen," Noren said. "I'm about to quit golf, I think."

Check out the full interview below:

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Bubba gets to drive dream car: K.I.T.T. from 'Knight Rider'

By Grill Room TeamMay 25, 2018, 4:42 pm

Bubba Watson is a known car aficionado.

He purchased the original General Lee from the 1980’s TV show “Dukes of Hazzard” – later saying he was going to paint over the Confederate flag on the vehicle’s roof.

He also auctioned off his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk custom roadster and raised $410,000 for Birdies for the Brave.

He showed off images of his off-road Jeep two years ago.

And he even bought a car dealership near his hometown of Milton, Fla.

While recently appearing on the TV show “Jay Leno’s Garage,” the former “Tonight Show” host surprised Watson with another one of his dream cars: K.I.T.T.

The 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was made famous in the ‘80s action show “Knight Rider.”

Though, Bubba didn’t get to keep this one, he did get to drive it.

Bubba Watson gets behind the wheel of his dream car—the KITT from Knight Rider from CNBC.

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Cut Line: USGA readies for Shinnecock 'mulligan'

By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 3:26 pm

In this week’s Memorial weekend edition, the European team adheres to the Ryder Cup secret formula, the USGA readies for the ultimate mulligan at next month’s U.S. Open and a bizarre finish at the Florida Mid-Am mystifies the Rules of Golf.

Made Cut

Cart golf. When the U.S. side announced the creation of a Ryder Cup task force following the American loss at Gleneagles in 2014, some Europeans privately – and publicly – snickered.

The idea that the secret sauce could be found in a meeting room did stretch the bounds of reason, yet two years later the U.S. team emerged as winners at Hazeltine National and suddenly the idea of a task force, which is now called a committee, didn’t seem so silly.

To Europe’s credit, they’ve always accomplished this cohesion organically, pulling together their collective knowledge with surprising ease, like this week when European captain Thomas Bjorn rounded out his vice captain crew.

Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald (a group that has a combined 47-40-13 record in the matches) were all given golf cart keys and will join Robert Karlsson as vice captains this year in Paris.

Perhaps it took the Americans a little longer to figure out, but Bjorn knows it’s continuity that wins Ryder Cups.

Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

The USGA’s mulligan. The U.S. Open is less than a month away and with it one of the most anticipated returns in recent major championship history.

The last time the national championship was played at Shinnecock Hills was in 2004 and things didn’t go well, particularly on Sunday when play had to be stopped to water some greens that officials deemed had become unplayable. This week USGA executive director Mike Davis was asked about the association’s last trip to the Hamptons and, to his credit, he didn’t attempt to reinvent history.

“Looking back at 2004, and at parts of that magnificent day with Retief (Goosen) and Phil Mickelson coming down to the end, there are parts that we learned from,” Davis said. “I’m happy we got a mulligan this time. We probably made a bogey last time, maybe a double bogey.”

Put another way, players headed to next month’s championship should look forward to what promises to be a Bounce Back Open.

Tweet of the week:

Homa joined a chorus of comments following Aaron Wise’s victory on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, which included an awkward moment when his girlfriend, Reagan Trussell, backed away as Wise was going in for a kiss.

“No hard feelings at all,” Wise clarified this week. “We love each other a ton and we're great. It was a funny moment that I think we'll always be able to look back at, but that's all it really was.”

Missed Cut

Strength of field. The European Tour gathers this week in England for the circuit’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, and like the PGA Tour’s marquee stop, The Players, the event appears headed for a new spot on the calendar next year.

As the PGA Tour inches closer to announcing the 2018-19 schedule, which will feature countless new twists and turns including the PGA Championship’s move to May and The Players shift back to March, it also seems likely the makeover will impact the European Tour schedule.

Although the BMW PGA currently draws a solid field, with this week’s event sporting a higher strength of field than the Fort Worth Invitational on the PGA Tour, it’s likely officials won’t want to play the event a week after the PGA Championship (which is scheduled for May 16-19 next year).

In fact, it’s been rumored that the European Tour could move all eight of its Rolex Series events, which are billed as “unmissable sporting occasions,” out of the FedExCup season window, which will end on Aug. 25 next year.

Although the focus has been on how the new PGA Tour schedule will impact the U.S. sports calendar, the impact of the dramatic makeover stretches will beyond the Lower 48.

Rules of engagement. For a game that at times seems to struggle with too much small print and antiquated rules, it’s hard to understand how things played out earlier this month at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship.

In a story first reported by, Jeff Golden claimed he was assaulted on May 13 by Brandon Hibbs – the caddie for his opponent, Marc Dull, in the championship’s final match. Golden told police that Hibbs struck him because of a rules dispute earlier in the round. Hibbs denied any involvement, and police found no evidence of an attack.

The incident occurred during a weather delay and Golden conceded the match to Dull after the altercation, although he wrote in a post on Twitter this week that he was disappointed with the Florida State Golf Association’s decision to accept his concession.

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf,” Golden wrote. “Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated ‘ex-caddie’ punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

Because of the conflicting statements, it’s still not clear what exactly happened that day at Coral Creek Club, but the No. 1 rule in golf – protecting the competition and the competitors – seems to have fallen well short.