Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Feb. 11-14)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsFebruary 9, 2016, 9:05 pm

Spieth, Day Headline Field at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

 

PGA TOUR Champions Continues Florida Run with Chubb Classic in Naples

 

Schwartzel Headlines Field in His Native South Africa at Tshwane Open

 

The PGA TOUR visits one of the most prominent golf venues in the world this week with the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The field – which is headlined by World No. 1 Jordan Spieth and No. 3 Jason Day – features 156 professionals and 156 amateurs competing across a three course rotation Thursday-Saturday, with the top-60 professionals (and ties) and top-25 pro-am teams advancing to Sunday’s final round. Golf Channel analyst Arron Oberholser will serve as an on-course reporter for the network’s coverage from the Monterey Peninsula as he celebrates the 10-year anniversary of his victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2006. The PGA TOUR Champions is in Florida for the second consecutive week, with the Chubb Classic (formerly ACE Group) in Naples, as Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer headline the field. And the European Tour is in South Africa for the Tshwane Open, where major champion Charl Schwartzel headlines the field in his home country.

 

PGA TOUR

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Dates: Feb. 11-14

Venues: Pebble Beach Golf Links; Spyglass Hill Golf Course; Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Short Course), Pebble Beach, Calif.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

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

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

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-11 p.m. (Replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)   

 

Broadcast Notes:

Golf Central special news conference on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET: On Wednesday Golf Channel will feature a special Golf Central news conference from Pebble Beach Golf Links, beginning at 5 p.m. ET. The special will include a live Ryder Cup update from 2016 U.S. captain Davis Love III, along with highlights of Jordan Spieth and Jason Day’s press conferences with media looking ahead to this week’s event.

Oberholser returns to celebrate 10-year anniversary of win at Pebble Beach: Golf Channel analyst Arron Oberholser will join Golf Channel’s live tournament team at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week as an on-course reporter during the network’s live coverage Thursday-Sunday. This week’s event also marks the 10-year anniversary of Oberholser’s victory at the 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Format: The field consists of 156 professionals and 156 amateurs competing in one round each at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club over the first three days of the tournament. The top-60 professionals (and ties) and the top-25 pro-am teams will advance to a final round at Pebble Beach on Sunday.

Snedeker defends: Brandt Snedeker won by three strokes over Nick Watney for his seventh career PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Shane Lowry, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker and Bill Haas.

Celebrities in the field: Mark Wahlberg, Justin Timberlake, Wayne Gretzky, Bill Murray, Toby Keith, Aaron Rodgers, Huey Lewis, Steve Young, Jake Owen, Colt Ford and Carson Daly.

 

Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner

Analyst: Nick Faldo

Tower: Matt Gogel / Craig Perks

On-Course: Arron Oberholser

Interviews: Steve Burkowski

 

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Chubb Classic

Dates: Feb. 12-14

Venue: The TwinEagles Club (Talon Course), Naples, Fla.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          3-5:30 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Janzen defends: Lee Janzen defeated Bart Bryant on the first playoff hole to earn his first PGA TOUR Champions win.

Headlining the field: Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Rocco Mediate, Jeff Maggert, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Kenny Perry, Duffy Waldorf, Corey Pavin and Lee Janzen.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown / Dave Marr

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Tshwane Open

Dates: Feb. 11-14

Venue: Pretoria Country Club, Waterkloof, South Africa

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3:30-5:30 a.m. / 7:30-10:30 a.m. (Live)

Friday              3:30-5:30 a.m. / 7:30-10:30 a.m. (Live)

Saturday          5:30-9:30 a.m. (Live) 

Sunday            5-9:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Coetzee defends: George Coetzee finished one stroke ahead of Jacques Blaauw for his second career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Charl Schwartzel, George Coetzee, Edoardo Molinari, David Horsey, Brett Rumford, Bobby Wyatt, Richard Sterne, Darren Fichardt and Oliver Fisher.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Scott Walker

Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly

Analyst: Warren Humphreys / Denis Hutchinson

On-Course: Julian Tutt

-NBC Sports Group-

 

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Watch: You have to see this golf swing to believe it

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 3:29 pm

Ho-sung Choi is a 44-year-old South Korean touring pro who plays primarily on the Japan Golf Tour. This week he's competing in the Asian Tour's Kolon Korea Open, where he is in second place, two shots off the lead, after three rounds. This is especially significant because the Korea Open is an Open Qualiffying event, meaning he could qualify for this year's Open Championship.

That, however, is not why we're writing about Mr. Choi. The video above is why:

We're with Charlie here: We can't wait for Brandel's take on this swing.

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Lopez fires flawless 63 for lead in Arkansas

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 12:41 am

ROGERS, Ark. – Since its first year on the LPGA Tour in 2007, the crowds at the NW Arkansas Championship have belonged to Stacy Lewis.

Another former University of Arkansas star staked her claim as the hometown favorite Friday when Gaby Lopez shot a career-low 8-under 63 to take the first-round lead at Pinnacle Country Club.

Like Lewis, the two-time winner of the tournament, Lopez starred as a three-time All-American for the Razorbacks before joining the LPGA Tour in 2016. Despite flashes of potential, Lopez had yet to join Lewis among the ranks of the world's best - missing the cut in her last two tournaments and entering this week ranked 136th in the world.

For a day, at least, the Mexican standout felt right at home atop the leaderboard in her adopted home state.

''I feel like home,'' Lopez said. ''I feel so, so comfortable out here, because I feel that everyone and every single person out here is just rooting for us.''


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Moriya Jutanugarn was a stroke back along with Minjee Lee, Catriona Matthew, Nasa Hataoka, Lizette Salas, Mirim Lee and Aditi Ashok. Six others finished at 6 under on a day when only 26 of the 144 players finished over par, thanks to some mid-week rain that softened the greens and calm skies throughout the day.

Jutanugarn finished second at the tournament last year and is trying to win for the second time on the LPGA Tour this year. Her younger sister, Ariya, is already a two-time winner this year and shot an opening-round 66.

Lewis, the former world No. 1 who won the event in 2007 in 2014, finished with a 66. She's expecting her first child in early November

Defending champion So Yeon Ryu, coming off a victory Sunday in Michigan, shot a 67.

Friday was Lopez's long-awaited day to standout, though, much to the delight of the pro-Arkansas crowd.

After missing the cut her last two times out, Lopez took some time off and returned home to Mexico City to rest her mind and work on her game. The work paid off with two straight birdies to open her round and a 6-under 30 on her front nine.

Lopez needed only 25 putts and finished two shots off the course record of 61, and she overcame a poor drive on the par-5 18th to finish with a par and keep her place at the top of the leaderboard. Her previous low score was a 64 last year, and she matched her career best by finishing at 8 under.

''(Rest) is a key that no one really truly understands until you're out here,'' Lopez said. ''... Sometimes resting is actually the part you've got to work on.''

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Harman rides hot putter to Travelers lead

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 12:28 am

CROMWELL, Conn. – There are plenty of big names gathered for the Travelers Championship, and through two rounds they’re all chasing Brian Harman.

Harman opened with a 6-under 64, then carded a 66 during Friday’s morning wave to become the only player to finish the first two rounds in double digits under par. The southpaw is currently riding a hot putter, leading the field in strokes gained: putting while rolling in 12 birdies and an eagle through his first 36 holes.

“Putted great today,” said Harman, who ranks 22nd on Tour this season in putting. “Got out of position a couple of times, but I was able to get myself good looks at it. I started hitting the ball really well coming down the stretch and made a few birdies.”


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Harman, 31, has won twice on the PGA Tour, most recently at last year’s Wells Fargo Championship. While he doesn’t have a win this year, he started his season in the fall by reeling off five straight finishes of T-8 or better to quickly install himself as one of the leaders in the season-long points race.

Now topping a leaderboard that includes the likes of Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy, he realizes that he’ll have his work cut out for him if he’s going to leave Connecticut with trophy No. 3.

“The putter has been really good so far, but I’ve been in position a lot. I’ve had a lot of good looks at it,” Harman said. “I’m just able to put a little pressure on the course right now, which is nice.”

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10-second rule costs Zach Johnson a stroke

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 12:06 am

CROMWELL, Conn. – Zach Johnson heads into the weekend one shot back at the Travelers Championship, but he was a matter of seconds away from being tied for the lead.

Johnson had an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 3 at TPC River Highlands, his 12th hole of the day, but left the ball hanging on the lip. As Johnson walked up to tap the ball in, it oscillated on the edge and eventually fell in without being hit.

Was it a birdie, or a par?

According to the Rules of Golf, and much to Johnson’s chagrin, the answer was a par. Players are afforded “reasonable” time to walk to the hole, and after that they are allowed to wait for 10 seconds to see if the ball drops of its own accord. After that, it either becomes holed by a player’s stroke, or falls in and leads to a one-shot penalty, resulting in the same score as if the player had hit it.

According to Mark Russell, PGA Tour vice president of rules and competitions, Johnson’s wait time until the ball fell in was between 16 and 18 seconds.


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“Once he putts the ball, he’s got a reasonable amount of time to reach the hole,” Russell said. “Then once he reaches the hole, he’s got 10 seconds. After 10 seconds, the ball is deemed to be at rest.”

Johnson tried to emphasize the fact that the ball was oscillating as he stood over it, and even asked rules officials if marking his ball on the edge of the hole would have yielded a “bonus 10 seconds.” But after signing for a 2-under 68 that brought him within a shot of leader Brian Harman, the veteran took the ruling in stride.

“The 10-second rule has always been there. Vague to some degree,” Johnson said. “The bottom line is I went to tap it in after 10 seconds and the ball was moving. At that point, even if the ball is moving, it’s deemed to be at rest because it’s on the lip. Don’t ask me why, but that’s just the way it is.”

While Johnson brushed off any thoughts of the golf gods conspiring against him on the lip, he was beaming with pride about an unconventional par he made on No. 17 en route to a bogey-free round. Johnson sailed his tee shot well right into the water, but after consulting his options he decided to drop on the far side of the hazard near the 16th tee box.

His subsequent approach from 234 yards rolled to within 8 feet, and he calmly drained the putt for an unexpected save.

“I got a great lie. Just opened up a 4-hybrid, and it started over the grandstands and drew in there,” Johnson said. “That’s as good of an up-and-down as I’ve witnessed, or performed.”