NBC Sports Group Announces Plans Surrounding 2016 Ryder Cup (Sept. 26-Oct. 2)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 31, 2016, 3:55 pm

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NBC Sports Group has announced its plans for the 2016 Ryder Cup – the most electrifying three days in golf – featuring the United States against Europe in the historic biennial international match-play competition, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club, outside of Minneapolis. Led by more than 25 hours of all-encompassing live action from the 1st tee through the final putt of each scheduled match on Golf Channel (Friday) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday), coverage will be complemented by Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup programming, making up nearly 90 live hours, and more than 170 total hours of Ryder Cup-themed programming Sept. 26-Oct. 2 on Golf Channel and NBC.

NBC Sports Group All-Encompassing Live Coverage of Every Match, Sept. 30-Oct. 2

NBC Sports Group will dedicate more than 25 hours to showcasing live action of the Ryder Cup, featuring all-encompassing coverage from the first tee shot of Friday’s opening match through the conclusion of Sunday’s singles matches. Golf Channel will televise Day 1 matches on Friday, Sept. 30, while NBC will carry the final two days of the competition, Saturday-Sunday Oct. 1-2:    

Friday, Sept. 30          8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. ET                2016 Ryder Cup – Day 1        Golf Channel

Saturday, Oct. 1          9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET                     2016 Ryder Cup – Day 2        NBC

Sunday, Oct. 2            Noon-6 p.m. ET                      2016 Ryder Cup – Final Day    NBC

Ryder Cup Broadcast Team

NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico will host all three days of coverage, as well as the trophy presentation on Sunday. Dan Hicks and Terry Gannon will handle play-by-play duties, while Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo (Friday morning) and David Feherty (Saturday morning) will rotate as lead analyst in the 18th tower. Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch, Curt Byrum and Tom Abbott will serve as tower analysts, while Feherty – making his Ryder Cup broadcast debut after competing in the event as a member of the European team in 1991 – Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay and Jerry Foltz will walk inside the ropes as on-course reporters. Steve Sands will conduct player interviews, and Jimmy Roberts will provide essays.

Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup

Originating from a dedicated set positioned between the 1st tee and 18th green, Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cupwill kick off Monday, Sept. 26, and continue through Sunday, Oct. 2. A second ancillary set on-site will be utilized for interviews throughout the week. Rich Lerner (primetime), Ryan Burr and Kelly Tilghman will anchor the network’s coverage, while Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, David Duval, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay, Jim Gallagher Jr., Paul McGinley and Colin Montgomerie will serve as analysts. Todd Lewis and Steve Burkowski will provide reports and conduct player interviews, while Tim Rosaforte and Rex Hoggard will offer insider perspective throughout the week.

‘Road to the Ryder Cup’ Airing on NBC

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Feherty and Rolfing, the three-part Road to the Ryder Cup series will offer exclusive insight from those whom will play the most prominent roles at Hazeltine, including U.S. captain Davis Love III, European captain Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, and Ryder Cup hopeful, Bubba Watson. The series also will highlight what ultimately led to the creation of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force, the history of the event, and a detailed overview on Hazeltine National Golf Club. Parts I, II and II of Road to the Ryder Cup will air on NBC, leading into live coverage of the FedExCup Playoffs, ahead of the 3rd Round of the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sunday, Sept. 4, 2:30-3 p.m. ET); the Final Round of the BMW Championship (Sunday, Sept. 11, 1:30-2 p.m. ET); and the Final Round of the TOUR Championship (Sunday, Sept. 25, 1-1:30 p.m. ET). An exclusive preview to Part I of Road to the Ryder Cup can be viewed here.

Promotional Campaign: It’s Not Golf, It’s The Ryder Cup

Building upon the extraordinary moments in golf this summer playing out on Golf Channel and NBC, including The Open in July, golf’s return to the Olympics in August and the FedExCup Playoffs in September, Golf Channel has introduced a promotional campaign featuring opera music, set against the backdrop of dramatic moments unique to the Ryder Cup. The first two spots, ‘Ecstasy’ (Libiamo ne’ lieti calici – Guisippi Verdi’s La Traviata) and ‘Fanatics’ (Dalibor) premiered during the network’s coverage of The Open and Olympics, and the third spot, ‘Epic’ (Aida) will debut during this weekend’s NBC Sports’ NASCAR coverage, including both NASCAR Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup races. Golf Channel’s “It’s Not Golf, It’s The Ryder Cup” campaign is targeting sports fans across a wide-spectrum of media platforms, including ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Network, AMC, Discovery, History, A&E, Food, FX, and TNT, as well as prominent NBC Sports assets including Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, Premier League, NBCSN and a variety of NBCUniversal platforms, including CNBC, MSNBC, Esquire, Weather, and SB Nation.

“Ultimate Ryder Cup Fanatic” Campaign to Offer Trip to 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris

Beginning this week, Golf Channel will be searching for the Ultimate Ryder Cup Fanatic, asking fans to submit their best video (up to 60 seconds), for a chance to win a trip for two to Paris for the 2018 Ryder Cup. Between now and Sunday, Sept. 18, fans can visit https://www.golfchannel.com/ryder-cup-fanatic/ to submit their video. To help drive awareness to the NBCSports’ Ryder Cup coverage, the three finalists will be posted on Golf Channel Digital on Friday, Sept. 23, where fans can vote on their favorite and have a chance to win prizes. The ultimate winner will be chosen by a combination of fan votes and a panel of Golf Channel commentators, and is scheduled to be announced on Morning Drive on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Ryder Cup Trophy Tour Kicks Off with NBCU On-Air Platform Integrations

On Monday, the PGA of America kicked off its Ryder Cup Trophy Tour, offering sports fans around the United States a chance to engage with the Cup in the weeks leading up to the biennial competition. The tour officially got underway across the networks of NBCUniversal, with the trophy making an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box, followed by a visit on TODAY on NBC, and an appearance on NBCSN’s Dan Patrick Show. In all, the Ryder Cup tour will include 13 cities leading up to the competition at the end of September, and will be profiled across NBCUniversal’s portfolio, including Golf Channel, NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and local NBC affiliates.


Morning Drive

Morning Drive will kick off each day of Ryder Cup week with the latest news and storylines surrounding the competition. The show will feature a dedicated set on-site at Hazeltine, which will provide a backdrop for live reports from Gary Williams, Cara Robinson, John Cook and Matt Ginella, who will be joined by special guests throughout the week.

Golf’s Greatest Rounds – 1999, 2012, 2014 Ryder Cups

In the month leading up to the 2016 Ryder Cup, viewers will have an opportunity to relive the final day of three of the most recent Ryder Cups contested as part of three special episodes of Golf’s Greatest Rounds. The 2014 Ryder Cup final day will air on Tuesday, Sept. 6 (8-10 p.m. ET), while the unforgettable 1999 and 2012 Ryder Cups will air on Tuesday, Sept. 13 (8-10 p.m. ET) and Wednesday, Sept. 21 (8-11 p.m. ET) respectively.

Feherty: Tuesday, Sept. 20 (10 p.m. ET) – ’14 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley

Premiering on Tuesday, Sept. 20, David Feherty will be joined by 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley on a new episode of Feherty. McGinley reflects on his two-year journey as the 2014 European Ryder Cup captain, and looks back on the strange circumstance that led to him conceding an 18th hole putt to J.J. Henry while competing as a player at the 2006 Ryder Cup.             

The Golf Fix

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air live on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. ET from the driving range at Hazeltine National Golf Club. The episode will feature special guests, and Breed’s instruction will center around keys to tailoring your game for match play, and how to succeed under pressure.

PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center

On Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Midnight ET, PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center will premiere a new episode dedicated to the Ryder Cup. Special guests will include past Ryder Cup participants Lee Trevino, Bill Rogers and Jerry Pate. Tom Lehman, vice captain for the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team, also is expected to take part in the episode.

International Ryder Cup Programming

Golf Channel will produce live international Ryder Cup news programming in both Japanese and Mandarin. These productions will complement the international distribution of Golf Central’s Live From the Ryder Cup, which is distributed to markets within Golf Channel’s worldwide footprint in more than 80 countries, 200 million households and 11 languages.

2016 Ryder Cup Programming Air Times (all times ET):

Sunday, September 4

2:30-3 p.m.                  Road to the Ryder Cup – Part I                                             NBC

Tuesday, September 6

8-10 p.m.                     Golf’s Greatest Rounds – 2014 Ryder Cup                           Golf Channel

Sunday, September 11

1:30-2 p.m.                  Road to the Ryder Cup – Part II                                            NBC

Tuesday, September 13

8-10 p.m.                     Golf’s Greatest Rounds – 1999 Ryder Cup                           Golf Channel

Tuesday, September 20

10-11 p.m.                   Feherty – 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley               Golf Channel

Wednesday, September 21

8-11 p.m.                     Golf’s Greatest Rounds – 2012 Ryder Cup                           Golf Channel

Sunday, September 25

1-1:30 p.m.                  Road to the Ryder Cup – Part III                                           NBC

Monday, September 26

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive                                                                      Golf Channel

6-7 p.m.                       The Golf Fix                                                                         Golf Channel

7-8:30 p.m.                  Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                   Golf Channel

Tuesday, September 27

Midnight-12:30 a.m.   PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center                                  Golf Channel

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive                                                                       Golf Channel

9 a.m.-6 p.m.               Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

7-9 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

Wednesday, September 28

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive                                                                       Golf Channel

9 a.m.-6 p.m.               Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

7-9 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

Thursday, September 29

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive                                                                        Golf Channel

9 a.m.-5 p.m.               Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                     Golf Channel

5-8 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup, Opening Ceremony     Golf Channel

Friday, September 30

6-8:30 a.m.                  Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.          2016 Ryder Cup – Day 1                                                        Golf Channel

7-9 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

Saturday, October 1

6-9 a.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

9 a.m.-7 p.m.               2016 Ryder Cup – Day 2                                                        NBC

7-9 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

Sunday, October 2

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive                                                                       Golf Channel

9 a.m.-Noon                Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                     Golf Channel

Noon-6 p.m.                2016 Ryder Cup – Final Day                                                    NBC

6-9 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

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Koepka: Second-place finishes becoming 'annoying'

By Al TaysMay 28, 2018, 12:02 am

Brooks Koepka didn't go down without a fight.

Trailing Justin Rose by four shots going into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational, Koepka shot his second 7-under 63 of the week - and made up precisely one shot. He finished solo second at 17 under par, three shots behind Rose.

He could only marvel at the Englishman's performance in closing with a 6-under 64.

"It was pretty impressive," he said. "Justin played well. Hat's off to him. Any time you can come into a lead with four shots and play the way he did today, that's impressive."

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Although Koepka was pleased with his own play - especially his putting - he said it felt "annoying" to come in second. Again.

"I feel like we've had so many second-place finishes," he said. "Always seem to run into a buzz saw, whatever it is."

Since May of 2016, Koepka has five solo second-place finishes and one T-2. But he also has a U.S. Open title, won last year at Erin Hills. He'll attempt to defend that title June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills. "It's nice to finally be playing well and get going into the season," he said. "Kind of peaking right where I need to be."

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Minjee Lee birdies 18 to win on her birthday

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:59 pm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Minjee Lee's task was simple: A birdie on No. 18 would win her the tournament. It was a manageable par 5, the easiest hole on the course in the final round.

After a good drive, her second shot came closer to trouble than much of the gallery probably realized.

''I almost clipped the tree,'' Lee said. ''I overcut it a little bit, but it finished out in a good position.''

Lee's shot came to rest just to the right of the green, and from there it was a simple chip and putt for the birdie that gave her a one-stroke win over In-Kyung Kim at the LPGA Volvik Championship on Sunday. Lee, who turned 22 on Sunday, won for the first time since 2016. It was the Australian's fourth career victory.

Lee three-putted for a bogey on No. 17, dropping into a tie with Kim, who finished her round about the same time. So Lee needed a birdie to win on 18. The 18th hole was 470 yards Sunday. There were 44 birdies there in the final round.

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''The tee was up,'' she said. ''I was pretty confident that I could get there in two if I had a good drive.''

Lee made her winning putt from about 3 feet. She finished at 4-under 68 and 16 under for the tournament. Kim (67) shot a 32 on the back nine and birdied No. 18, but it wasn't enough to force a playoff at Travis Pointe Country Club.

''I kind of knew that 16 was the number and I mean, I give my best,'' Kim said. ''I make some good shots and birdies.''

Moriya Jutanugarn (65) finished third at 14 under.

Lee took a two-stroke lead into the final round, and that was her margin over playing partner Stacy Lewis before Lewis (71) bogeyed No. 7 and 8. Kim emerged as the biggest threat to Lee when she birdied four of the first five holes on the back nine. Lewis is playing four months' pregnant with her first child.

Kim and Lee were briefly tied at 15 under, but then Lee made a tap-in birdie on the par-5 14th, while Kim bogeyed 15. Lee saved par on 15 despite a wayward drive into a bunker.

''I wasn't sure where I was score-wise then. That par 5 is reachable in two, so I think a lot of people would have made birdie there,'' Lee said. ''The next tee shot I just pulled into the bunker. ... I think that was really important for me to hole that par putt just to keep the momentum going.''

Lee had gone 38 consecutive holes without a bogey before making one on the par-4 17th. That, combined with Kim's birdie on 18, left the two golfers tied, but Lee still had the 18th to come.

Su Oh (68) and Lindy Duncan (69) finished at 13 under, and Megan Khang (67) was another stroke back. Lewis finished at 11 under along with Ariya Jutanugarn (69) and Danielle Kang (70).

Lewis birdied three of the first six holes, but Lee did as well.

''It's hard to get close when somebody does that,'' Lewis said. ''She played great all day and played solid. When she needed to make a par putt, she did, and didn't make any mistakes.''

Lee lost this event by one stroke last year. Shanshan Feng, the 2017 winner , finished tied for 21st this time.

The LPGA has had a different winner in each of its 13 tournaments this year. The U.S. Women's Open starts Thursday at Shoal Creek.

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Spieth: Improvement is 'right around the corner'

By Al TaysMay 27, 2018, 10:50 pm

Not that Dallas native Jordan Spieth didn't enjoy the two-week home game that is the AT&T Byron Nelson and the Fort Worth Invitational - he certainly did. But he's eager to get out of town, too.

"It was a great showing these last couple weeks by the fans," Spieth said after closing with a 2-under 68, a 5-under total and a T-32 finish. "Obviously extremely appreciative here in DFW. Wish I could do more. These couple weeks can be a bit taxing, and it's awesome to kind of have that support to carry you through.

"So, you know, I had a great time these couple weeks on and off the golf course as I always do, but I'm also really excited to kind of get out of town and kind of be able to just go back to the room and have nothing to do at night except for get ready to play the next day."

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Spieth will have that experience this coming week in Dublin, Ohio, site of the Memorial. He's hopeful of improving on his T-21, T-32 finishes the past two weeks, and he thinks the main thing holding him back - his putting - is ready for a turnaround.

"I think good things are about to come," he said. "I feel a good run coming for the second half of the season. Today was - each day I've felt better and better with the wedges and the putter and the short game; today was no different. My only bogey being just kind of trying to do too much on a par-5; 3-wood into the hazard.

"So, you know, I'm getting into where I'm not making bogeys, and then soon - the not making bogeys is great, and soon I'll get back to the five, six birdies around and shoot some low rounds.

"So I know it's right around the corner."

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Broadhurst fires 63 to easily win Senior PGA

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:45 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Paul Broadhurst wishes he had played this well in his 23 years on the European Tour.

''I know a lot more about my swing now and I guess you get that with age and experience,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said after shooting an 8-under 63 on Sunday to win the Senior PGA Championship by four strokes and match the best 72-hole score in tournament history.

Broadhurst finished at 19-under 265 at Harbor Shores for his second senior major victory. The 63 was the best fourth-round score by a winner. Rocco Mediate also shot 19 under at Harbor Shores in 2016.

Also the 2016 British Senior Open winner, Broadhurst led the field with 26 birdies and passed third-round co-leaders Tim Petrovic and Mark McCarron with a 4-under 31 on the back nine.

Petrovic was second after a 69. McCarron had a 70 to tie for third at 14 under with Jerry Kelly (65).

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Broadhurst earned a career-high $585,000 for his fourth PGA Tour Champions victory and moved to the top of the money list. He won six times on the European Tour, was a 1991 Ryder Cup player for Europe and has three European Senior Tour victories.

''It was really a special week,'' he said. ''It got a little bit tense out there. I knew I was playing well but I didn't seem to making any progress against Tim Petrovic. He was side-by-side on the back nine it seemed.''

He learned his lead was three strokes standing on the 18th tee when his caddie asked a television announcer.

''So we put my driver away and reached for the rescue club,'' he said. ''If I made a 5 there that would be fine.''

Broadhurst started the round two strokes behind Petrovic and McCarron, birdied the first hole and was tied with Petrovic for the lead by the turn. He took his first lead with a birdie on the 12th hole, led by two after 16 and birdied the final two holes, including a dramatic 40-foot putt for birdie at the 18th hole.

''I guess it would have been a bit of anti-climax if I would have three-putted the last green, but that would have given Tim a chance of holing his second shot,'' he said. ''I actually spoke to my caddie about that going down the last - we don't want to three-putt and five him the opportunity because stranger things have happened in golf. To see it go in the middle of the hole was just a special feeling.''

Petrovic said missed birdie putts on Nos. 7 and 8 were costly, but it might not have mattered with the way Broadhurst was playing.

''In hindsight it was all for naught,'' he said. ''He was so far ahead of us. Hat's off the guy. It was a great week - we just got beat. When he made the putt on 18 ahead of us I almost started clapping in the fairway and waving a white towel. It was well-deserved. That was great playing. He won the championship for sure.''

Broadhurst shot 72 in the first round, started rolling in putts with a 66 in the second round and was 15 under on the weekend. In addition to the leading 26 birdies, he topped the putts per greens in regulations numbers for the tournament as well with a 1.574 average.

''I wasn't aware I made that many birdies,'' he said. ''That's pretty impressive around this course.''

He said his game has long been unpredictable.

''I'm not blessed with a consistent swing like Bernhard Langer, but when it's on, it works,'' he said. ''If I'm putting well, then anything can happen, really.''