NBC Sports Group to Deliver More Than 100 Hours of Live Tournament and News Programming for Final Three FedExCup Playoffs Events

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 26, 2014, 8:05 pm

Hunter Mahan captured the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays on Sunday with a two-stroke victory, vaulting him to the No. 1 position in the FedExCup points race and the ultimate $10 million prize.  This week, NBC Sports Group assumes control of the remainder of the FedExCup Playoffs beginning Friday, Aug. 29, with the Deutsche Bank Championship from TPC Boston and continuing with the BMW Championship (Sept. 4-7) at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (Sept. 11-14) at historic East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

In total, NBC Sports Group will televise more than 100 hours of FedExCup Playoffs news and tournament action from the final three tournaments of the 2013/2014 PGA TOUR season.  Golf Channel will carry first- and second-round live coverage, as well as weekend lead-in coverage prior to Golf Channel on NBC’s coverage of the third and final rounds.  Golf Channel’s Spotlight Coverage also returns for the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship, complementing NBC’s weekend coverage by focusing on each tournament’s signature holes down the stretch.

Golf Channel will originate its daily news show, Golf Central, from the final two FedExCup Playoff sites in Denver and Atlanta, providing wraparound news coverage with interviews, analysis and special features.  Additionally, Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily morning news and lifestyle show, will conduct live interviews on-site from the final three events.

From an initial field of 125, the top-100 players in the FedExCup points standings following the conclusion of The Barclays will compete this week in Boston.  Results from this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship will further narrow the field to 70 players for the BMW Championship.  The final cut following the BMW Championship will determine which 30 players will result in the top-30 players competing in the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at famed East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, where the FedExCup champion will be crowned and awarded a $10 million check. 

BROADCAST TEAMS:  Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller – wrapping up their 15th season together – will anchor NBC’s weekend coverage of the final three PGA TOUR events, joined by tower reporters Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen; on-course reporters Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Notah Begay; and interviewer Steve Sands.  Multiple Emmy Award-winning essayist Jimmy Roberts will join the team for the final two FedExCup Playoff events.  Terry Gannon (Deutsche Bank) and Rich Lerner (BMW and TOUR Championship) will handle play-by-play duties for Golf Channel’s early round and lead-in  coverage, with Frank Nobilo serving as lead analyst. Twenty-nine time Emmy Award-winner Tommy Roy will produce Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC’s coverage.

GOLF CENTRAL ON-LOCATION – All Golf Central telecasts for the final two FedExCup Playoff events will originate from the BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, providing comprehensive wraparound coverage of the tournament action.  Reporting on-site for Golf Central will be Ryan Burr, Steve Burkowski, Brandel Chamblee, Steve Flesch, Todd Lewis, Frank Nobilo, Arron Oberholser, Tim Rosaforte and Kelly Tilghman.

SPOTLIGHT COVERAGE RETURNS:  Golf Channel’s Spotlight Coverage will return for the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship, focusing on the finishing stretch of holes – 16-18 – while complementing NBC’s live, third- and final-round coverage.  While NBC is on the air Saturday and Sunday with traditional coverage, Golf Channel’s Spotlight Coverage also will air live with a different look from the same tournament.  Spotlight Coverage is enhanced for 2014, featuring a reverse-L on-screen graphic displaying continuous stats and player updates.  Coverage will be highlighted by special production elements, including Pro Tracer, which uses graphics to track the flight of the ball in real time; and TrackMan, a technology that measures club-head speed, ball speed and carry distance.  Randy Moss (Deutsche Bank) and Tom Abbott (BMW Championship) will handle play-by-play duties.  Curt Byrum will join the broadcast booth as lead analyst, with Phil Parkin and Scott McCarron reporting from the golf course.

STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA: All the news and tournament action surrounding the FedExCup Playoffs can be accessed any place at any time on any device via Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra, now available to more fans than ever before.  Golf Live Extra provides an authenticated stream of Golf Channel programming – including popular shows like Morning Drive, Golf Central, The Golf Fix, and as well as live tournaments – 24/7 on any mobile device and online at www.GolfChannel.com.  Fans also can stream Golf Channel on NBC coverage of live golf with NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Group FedExCup Playoffs Tournament Coverage (all times ET):

Deutsche Bank Championship

Friday                          2:30-6:30 p.m.                                     Golf Channel

                                   11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (replay)               Golf Channel

Saturday                      3-6:30 p.m.                                          Golf Channel

                                    11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (replay)                   Golf Channel

Sunday                         1-3 p.m.                                              Golf Channel

                                    3-5 p.m. (Spotlight Coverage)              Golf Channel

                                    3-6 p.m.                                               NBC

                                    11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (NBC replay)      Golf Channel

Monday                        11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.                          Golf Channel

                                    1:30-5 p.m. (Spotlight Coverage)         Golf Channel

                                    1:30-6 p.m.                                          NBC

                                    8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (GC/NBC replay)       Golf Channel

Tuesday                       1-6 p.m. (NBC final-round replay)       Golf Channel

BMW Championship

Thursday                     4-8 p.m.                                               Golf Channel

                                   8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (replay)               Golf Channel

Friday                          4-8 p.m.                                               Golf Channel

                                   8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (replay)               Golf Channel

Saturday                      1-3 p.m.                                               Golf Channel

                                   3-5 p.m. (Spotlight Coverage)               Golf Channel

                                   3-6 p.m.                                                NBC

                                   9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (GC/NBC replay)   Golf Channel

Sunday                        Noon-2 p.m.                                         Golf Channel

                                   2-5 p.m. (Spotlight Coverage)               Golf Channel

                                   2-6 p.m.                                               NBC

                                   9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (GC/NBC replay)   Golf Channel

Monday                       1-6 p.m. (GC/NBC replay)                    Golf Channel

TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola

Thursday                     1-6 p.m.                                               Golf Channel

                                   8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.(replay)                  Golf Channel

Friday                          1-6 p.m.                                               Golf Channel

                                    8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (replay)                Golf Channel

Saturday                      Noon-2:30 p.m.                                    Golf Channel

                                   2:30-6 p.m.                                           NBC

                                   6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (GC/NBC replay)  Golf Channel

Sunday                        Noon-1:30 p.m.                                    Golf Channel

                                   1:30-6 p.m.                                           NBC

                                   7 p.m.-1 a.m. (GC/NBC replay)             Golf Channel

Monday                       1-6 p.m. (GC/NBC replay)                     Golf Channel

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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.