Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Feb. 18-21)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsFebruary 17, 2016, 7:00 pm

Spieth, McIlroy Headline Northern Trust Open in Southern California

World No. 1 Ko to Defend ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

European Tour Staging Inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia

The PGA TOUR wraps up its “West Coast” swing with the Northern Trust Open, as World’s No. 1 and 3 – Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy – headline the field at Riviera Country Club. Next week, the TOUR will kick off the four-week stretch of “Florida Swing” events beginning with The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. The LPGA Tour this week begins a three-week stretch of international events, as world No. 1 Lydia Ko will defend her 2015 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian title. And the European Tour will stages the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia, with Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer headlining the field.

 

PGA TOUR

 

Northern Trust Open

Dates: Feb. 18-21

Venue: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)

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

 

Broadcast Notes:

Hahn defends: James Hahn defeated Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey with a birdie on the third playoff hole for his first career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar and Jimmy Walker.

 

Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Curt Byrum

Tower: Matt Gogel / Jim Gallagher Jr.

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

Interviews: Angela Akins

 

LPGA TOUR

 

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Dates: Feb. 18-21

Venue: The Grange Golf Club (West Course), Adelaide, South Australia

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Wednesday     11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 2 a.m.-5 a.m. (Replay)

Thursday         11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 2-4 p.m. (Friday replay)

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

Saturday          9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 3-6:30 p.m. (Sunday replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Ko defends: World No. 1 Lydia Ko finished two strokes clear of Amy Yang to earn her sixth career LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson, Charley Hull, Minjee Lee, Karrie Webb, Ha Na Jang, Cheyenne Woods, Jiyai Shin, Laura Davies.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Mike Ritz

Play by Play: Quentin Hull

Analyst: Jane Crafter / Kate Burton

On-Course: Sandy McKenzie

Interviews: Stephanie Brantz

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

 

Maybank Championship Malaysia

Dates: Feb. 18-21

Venue: Royal Selangor Golf Club (East Course), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Friday              5-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Saturday          6-10 a.m. (Tape delay) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Overnight streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Sunday            6-10 a.m. (Tape delay) / 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Overnight streaming on Golf Live Extra)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Inaugural event: This is the inaugural edition of the Maybank Championship Malaysia which replaces the Malaysian Open on the European Tour schedule, and it is co-sanctioned by both the European Tour and Asian Tour.

Headlining the field: Danny Willett, Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thorbjorn Olesen, Peter Uihlein, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly

Analyst: Dom Boulet / Warren Humphreys

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.