Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 31, 2016, 9:25 pm

Day, Spieth & McIlroy Highlight Strong Field at Muirfield for the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, Featuring Each of the Top-5 Players in the World


Stenson, Westwood Headline at Nordea Masters with an Invitation to 145TH Open Up for Grabs as Part of The Open Qualifying Series


Lewis, Piller & Henderson to Tee it Up at ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey


PGA TOUR Champions in Iowa for Principal Charity Classic



Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will tee it up this week after each having won their last worldwide start, as the PGA TOUR shifts to Jack Nicklaus’ event in Ohio for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. The field includes each of the top-5 players in the world and the event for many will mark the final tune-up before the U.S. Open at Oakmont outside of Pittsburgh in two weeks. Golf Central also will be on-site Thursday-Sunday offering analysis and reaction before and after each round of competition. Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood headline the field at the Nordea Masters on the European Tour, an Open Qualifying Series event that will award an invitation to the highest finisher in the top-5 not already exempt to compete in The 145TH Open in July. The LPGA Tour is in New Jersey for the ShopRite LPGA Classic, with Stacy Lewis and Brooke Henderson in the field for the 54-hole event. And the PGA TOUR Champions are in Iowa for the Principal Charity Classic ahead of next week’s Constellation Senior Players in Philadelphia, which will culminate the Tour’s stretch of three majors over the course of four weeks.








the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide


Dates: June 2-5


Venue: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio




Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):


Thursday         3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)


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


Saturday          12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)


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




Broadcast Notes:   


Strong field serves as final tune-up for many ahead of U.S. Open in two weeks: Each of the top-5 players in the world are in the field in Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler. For many, the event also will serve as the final tune-up ahead of the U.S. Open in two weeks at Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh. For the second consecutive year, the winner of the event will receive a three-year exemption on the PGA TOUR versus the traditional two-year exemption for a victory.


Golf Central on-site at Muirfield: Golf Channel’s signature evening news program, Golf Central, will originate live from on-site Muirfield Village Golf Club Thursday-Sunday, with emerging storylines, analysis and player interviews throughout the week. Steve Sands will host, while David Duval, John Cook (Friday-Sunday) and Tripp Isenhour (Thursday) will serve as analysts. Todd Lewis also will provide reports and conduct player interviews throughout the week.


Golden Bear and Nicklaus family members scheduled to join Golf Central on-set: Tournament host Jack Nicklaus is scheduled to be on-set during Saturday’s Golf Central airing at 2:30 p.m. ET, and Nicklaus family members Jackie and Barbara are expected to join on-set during Friday’s pre-game show airing at 3 p.m. ET.


NBC Sports’ Johnny Miller being recognized as Memorial Tournament honoree, airing live on Golf Central Wednesday afternoon: NBC Sports’ analyst Johnny Miller will be recognized as the 2016 Memorial Tournament honoree, given to someone who has greatly contributed to golf. Leo Diegel and Horton Smith also will be recognized as posthumous honorees. The ceremony will take place within Golf Central, airing from 3-6 p.m. ET on Wednesday.


Lingmerth defends: David Lingmerth defeated Justin Rose on the third playoff hole to earn his first career PGA TOUR win.


Headlining the field: Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Jim Furyk and Ernie Els.




Golf Channel Broadcast Team:


Play by Play: Terry Gannon     


Analyst: Nick Faldo


Tower: Matt Gogel


On-Course: Craig Perks


Interviews: Todd Lewis








Nordea Masters


Dates: June 2-5                                                                           


Venue: Bro Hof Slott Golf Club (Stadium Course), Stockholm, Sweden    




Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):


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


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


Saturday          7:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)


Sunday            7-11:30 a.m. (Live)




Broadcast Notes:


Invitation available to highest finisher in Top-5 not already exempt into 145TH Open: With the 145TH Open only six weeks away, the Nordea Masters serves as the next event in The Open Qualifying Series, with the highest finisher in the Top-5 not already exempt into The Open receiving an invitation to compete at Royal Troon July 14-17.  


Noren defends: Alex Noren finished four shots ahead of Soren Kjeldsen to earn his fourth career European Tour win.


Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Thomas Pieters, Robert Karlsson, and Y.E. Yang.




Golf Channel Broadcast Team:


Play by Play: Julian Tutt


Analyst: Tony Johnstone


On-Course: Jay Townsend








ShopRite LPGA Classic


Dates: June 3-5                                                                           


Venue: Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club (Bay Course), Galloway, N.J.




Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):


Friday              Noon-3 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Replay)                     


Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live)


Sunday            2-4 p.m. (Live)




Broadcast Notes:


Nordqvist defends: Anna Nordqvist won by one stroke over Christel Boeljon for her fifth career LPGA Tour win.


Headlining the field: Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Gerina Piller, Na Yeon Choi, Charley Hull, Anna Nordqvist, Karrie Webb, Juli Inkster, Laura Davies and Karen Stupples.




Golf Channel Broadcast Team:


Play by Play: Tom Abbott


Analyst: Jane Crafter


Tower: Jim Gallagher Jr.                     


On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill








Principal Charity Classic


Dates: June 3-5


Venue: Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa




Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):


Friday              7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 3-5 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)


Saturday          5-7 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Sunday replay)


Sunday            4-6 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Monday replay)




Broadcast Notes:


Calcavecchia defends: Mark Calcavecchia defeated Joe Durant and Brian Henninger by one shot for his third PGA TOUR Champions win.


Headlining the field: John Daly, Rocco Mediate, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jesper Parnevik, Tom Lehman, Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia, Billy Andrade and Gary Koch.




Golf Channel Broadcast Team:


Play by Play: Bob Papa


Analyst: Lanny Wadkins


Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr


On-Course: Billy Ray Brown




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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.