Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes (April 21-24)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 19, 2016, 6:00 pm

Mickelson, DeChambeau Headline Field at Valero Texas Open

 

World No. 1 Ko Defends Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

 

Nicklaus/Player Lead Legends Division at PGA TOUR Champions’

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

 

Watson Headlines the Field at the Shenzhen International in China

 

The PGA TOUR returns to the Lone Star state for the Valero Texas Open, as Phil Mickelson headlines the field, along with Bryson DeChambeau, who earned a top-5 finish last week in his first PGA TOUR event competing as a professional. The LPGA Tour is in San Francisco for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, where world No. 1 Lydia Ko defends. World Golf Hall-of-Famers Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player lead the Legends division competing in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri, where they’ll compete in teams of two. And Bubba Watson headlines the field at the Shenzhen International on the European Tour in China.

 

PGA TOUR

 

Valero Texas Open

Dates: April 21-24

Venue: JW Marriott, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Walker defends: Jimmy Walker finished four shots ahead of fellow Texan Jordan Spieth for his fifth PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Branden Grace, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Ernie Els and Jimmy Walker.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Steve Sands

Analyst: Frank Nobilo

Tower: Matt Gogel / Craig Perks

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

Interviews: Scott Walker

 

LPGA TOUR

 

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

Dates: April 21-24                                                                      

Venue: Lake Merced Golf Club, San Francisco, Calif.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6-9 p.m. (Live)

Friday              6-9 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          6-9 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            6-9 p.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Ko defends: Lydia Ko defeated Morgan Pressel with a birdie on the second playoff hole for her seventh LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun, Brooke Henderson, Ha Na Jang, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng and Hyo Joo Kim.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson

Analyst: Karen Stupples

Tower: Tom Abbott                            

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill

 

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

 

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Dates: April 22-24                                                                      

Venues: Buffalo Ridge (Springs Course), Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Format: The two-man teams will compete in two separate divisions: Champions and Legends. The Champions Division will compete in a 54-hole tournament and the unofficial Legends division is made up of players 65 years and over, competing in a 45-hole tournament. The Legends division will play Top of the Rock all three days, while the Champions division will rotate between Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock.

Andrade/Durant defend: Billy Andrade and Joe Durant finished three shots ahead of Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam for their first career respective PGA TOUR Champions victories.

Notable Champions Division Teams: Tom Lehman/Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara/Colin Montgomerie, Davis Love III/Scott Verplank, Tom Watson/Andy North, Peter Jacobsen/Jay Haas

Notable Legends Division Teams: Jack Nicklaus/Gary Player, Tony Jacklin/David Graham, Lee Trevino/Mike Hill, Bob Murphy/Jim Colbert.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr   

On-Course: Phil Blackmar

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

 

Shenzhen International

Dates: April 21-24                                                                      

Venue: Genzon Golf Club (A Course), Shenzhen, China     

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         12:30-2:30 a.m. (Tape delay) / 2:30-5:30 a.m. (Live) / 6-10 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              6-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Saturday          6-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Sunday            6-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Aphibarnrat defends: Kiradech Aphibarnrat outlasted Haotong Li with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his second career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Bubba Watson, Victor Dubuisson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thorbjorn Olesen, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Gary Stal, Kristoffer Broberg, Marcel Siem and Mikko Ilonen.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly

Analyst: Dom Boulet                          

On-Course: Julian Tutt

 

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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.



Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.