Golf Channel Announces Co-Hosts for New, Weekday Morning Show

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 15, 2011, 2:40 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2010)—Golf Channel announced today that veteran sports broadcasters Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams will co-host the network’s first live, morning show, Morning Drive.

Set to debut Jan. 3 from 7-9 a.m. ET, Morning Drive will originate from a dedicated studio at Golf Channel’s Orlando, Fla., headquarters.  Although golf content will lead the way, the weekday show also will feature news and commentary about stories making headlines around the world, finance, pop culture – even weather.  In addition, some of the biggest names in golf, as well as personalities and celebrities from all walks of life, will regularly join the show as studio guests.

Kuselias comes to Golf Channel from ESPN, where he has been a host and analyst since 2003.  Most recently, while at ESPN, Kuselias created and hosted the Emmy Award-winning Fantasy Football NOW, was the primary host of College Football Live and The Erik Kuselias Show on ESPN Radio, and has been a fixture on Mike and Mike in the Morning.   Previously, Kuselias hosted the nationally syndicated SportsBash weekday afternoons on ESPN Radio, and in 2007, he was the anchor forNASCAR NOW, when it was nominated for an Emmy for 'Best Studio Show.' 

Williams comes from Sirius Satellite Radiowhere he co-hosted the early morning show on Sirius’ Mad Dog Radio.  He also served as a lead host on the PGA TOUR Network on Sirius/XM.  Previously, Williams hosted the top-rated morning-drive sports-formatted radio program in Charlotte, N.C., for nine years.  His other on-air credits include play-by-play for ESPN and also the Carolina Panthers television network.

“Erik and Gary are welcome additions to the Golf Channel, and bring a wealth of diverse experience in broadcast journalism,” said Tom Stathakes, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming, production and operations.  “Both are incredible personalities and have a vast knowledge of golf and beyond, which should create for extremely interesting content on Morning Drive.”

Said Kuselias, “It’s exciting to be part of this new Golf Channel venture and I look forward to working with Gary and the production team to bring a dynamic morning program to viewers.”

“I’ve always been impressed with Golf Channel’s high-caliber broadcasts and talented reporters and commentators,” said Williams.  “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Erik Kuselias and the network’s production team in creating a morning show that will both inform and entertain Golf Channel fans.”  

Morning Drive joins an exciting new slate of original programming premiering this January, including the new docu-reality series Pipe Dream, which follows a homeless man’s extraordinary journey to regain his life and golf glory; the third season of The Haney Project, which will feature Rush Limbaugh as he attempts to improve his golf game under the guidance of one of the world’s best golf instructors andTiger Woods’ former swing coach Hank Haney; and a look behind the scenes at the Trump golf empire on the second season of Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf.  January also marks the start of the 2011 PGA TOUR season, with the year’s first three events exclusively on Golf Channel.

About Golf Channel

Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla.  The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer and a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:  CMCSA, CMCSK), is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies.  Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original programming.  Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”