NBC Sports Group Inaugural Coverage of The 145TH Open Kicks off at 1:30 am ET / 10:30 p.m. PT TONIGHT on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 13, 2016, 11:40 pm

Golf Channel and NBC to Air Nearly 50 Hours of Live Tournament Coverage of The Open Thursday-Sunday From First Tee Shot to Final Putt

 Cabrera, DeLaet, Mahan Lead Field at the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship in Alabama

 2016 LPGA Major Champions Ko, Henderson and Lang Headline Field at the Marathon Classic in Ohio


ORLANDO, Fla. (July 13, 2016) – The dramatic setting of Royal Troon Golf Club provides the backdrop for NBC Sports Group’s inaugural coverage of The 145TH Open, with nearly 50 hours of live tournament coverage on Golf Channel and NBC. Live coverage begins with the first tee shot TONIGHT at 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT) on Golf Channel and continues until the final putt drops on NBC on Sunday. The PGA TOUR returns to Alabama this week for the Barbasol Classic, where Angel Cabrera, Graham DeLaet and Hunter Mahan lead the field. On the LPGA Tour, the three LPGA major champions in 2016 – Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson and Brittany Lang – headline the field in Ohio for the Marathon Classic. The field also includes 2016 NCAA Women’s Individual National Champion Virginia Elena Carta (Duke) and Ying Luo from the team national champions Washington Huskies.


The 145TH Open

Dates: July 14-17

Venue: Royal Troon Golf Club, Troon, Scotland

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Friday              1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)      

Saturday          4-7 a.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            4-7 a.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-4 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          7 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 p.m. (Round 3 Highlights Special)

Sunday            7 a.m.- 2 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 p.m. (Final Round Highlights Special)    

Broadcast Notes:

Nearly 50 hours of live tournament coverage: Golf Channel and NBC will devote nearly 50 hours of tournament coverage to The 145TH Open Thursday-Sunday, including 14.5 hours on Golf Channel over each of the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday, 10.5 hours across Golf Channel and NBC on Saturday and 10 hours on Sunday.

DirecTV Mosaic of The Open:From Thursday through Sunday, NBC Sports has partnered with DirecTV to provide its signature mosaic offering for The Open, including four separate productions providing fans with unique and compelling exclusive content. Viewers will be able to watch each channel individually or tune into all four simultaneously.

  • Live TV – Simulcast of Golf Channel’s and NBC’s live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday.
  • First Tee – Live coverage of the first tee for every group Thursday-Sunday. Once all golfers are on the course, coverage will transition to an original studio show featuring contributions from Golf Channel anchors, reporters and analysts providing highlights and discussion about the latest storylines.
  • Marquee Group – Live coverage of featured groups from both the early and late waves of competitors on Thursday and Friday, and key groups over the weekend.
  • Featured Holes – Live coverage of holes 6, 7 and one of the most famous holes in golf, the 123-yard par-3 8th hole, better known as “The Postage Stamp.”

NBC to Air Third and Final Round Highlight Specials: On Saturday and Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC will air highlight specials recapping the third and final rounds of action.

Special “Midnight Drive” Prepares Viewers for The Start of The Open Tonight: Tonight at11:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will air a first-ever “late night” special edition of Morning Drive leading into live coverage at 1:30 am ET.

Golf Central Live From The Open Wraparound Coverage: Golf Central Live From The Open is providing comprehensive news coverage this week of The Open live from Royal Troon.

Johnson defends: Zach Johnson finished at -15 and defeated Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole aggregate playoff to capture his first Open win.

The field: The field features 91 of the top-100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, representing 24 different countries.

NBC Sports Group Broadcast Team:

Host:               Mike Tirico

Play by Play:   Terry Gannon, Steve Sands, Mick Tirico, Dan Hicks

Analyst:           Nick Faldo, Frank Nobilo, Johnny Miller

Tower:             Tom Abbott, Curt Byrum, Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch

On Course:      Billy Ray Brown, Jerry Foltz, Notah Begay, David Feherty, Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing

Essays:            Jimmy Roberts

Interviews:      Todd Lewis, Steve Sands


Barbasol Championship

Dates: July 14-17

Venue: RTJ Golf Trail at Grand National (Lake Course), Auburn, Ala.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-8 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-1:30 a.m. (Friday Replay)

Friday              5-8 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Saturday Replay)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Headlining the field: Angel Cabrera, Alex Cejka, K.J. Choi, Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Jhonattan Vegas, Hunter Mahan, Scott Stallings, Lee McCoy, Martin Piller, Patrick Rodgers, Robby Shelton, David Toms.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Play by Play:   Whit Watson

Analyst:           Lanny Wadkins

Tower:             Craig Perks

On Course:      Gary Christian, Phil Blackmar


Marathon Classic

Dates: July 14-17

Venue: Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         8-10 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)         

Friday              8-10 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Saturday          6-8 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)

 **Sunday’s final round will air on CBS**

Broadcast Notes:

2016 LPGA major champions headline field: Lydia Ko (ANA Inspiration), Brooke Henderson (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship) and Brittany Lang (U.S. Women’s Open) headline the field this week at the Marathon Classic

NCAA Champions in the field: 2016 NCAA Women’s golf individual national champion Virginia Elena Carta (Duke) and Ying Luo, member of the team national champions Washington Huskies, are entered in the field this week on sponsor’s exemptions as a result of their achievements at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships.

Choi defends: Chella Choi defeated Ha Na Jang with a par on the first playoff hole for her first career win in 2015.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play:   Grant Boone

Analyst:           Karen Stupples

Tower:             Jim Gallagher, Jr.

On Course:      Nicole Castrale, Kay Cockerill

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Hataoka leads Minjee Lee by one at LPGA Volvik

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 12:54 am

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After losing in a playoff last weekend, Nasa Hataoka is making another bid for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Hataoka shot a 4-under 68 on Friday, and the Japanese teenager led by one stroke over Minjee Lee after the second round of the Volvik Championship. Hataoka, who is coming off the first two top-10 finishes of her LPGA career, made seven birdies at Travis Pointe Country Club. She began her round on No. 10, and her best stretch came toward the end, when she birdied Nos. 4, 5 and 6.

''I'm really comfortable playing the LPGA,'' the 19-year-old Hataoka said through a translator. ''I've really got confidence now.''

Hataoka made the cut nine times in 17 starts as a rookie in 2017, and she has made significant strides of late. She tied for seventh at last month's MEDIHEAL Championship and nearly won a week ago at the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.

Hataoka finished the second round in Michigan at 9 under. Lee (69) was also solid Friday. Gaby Lopez (68), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (70) and Lindy Duncan (70) were a stroke behind Lee in a tie for third.

Hataoka did not make a single bogey in last week's three-round tournament, and she didn't have any in the first round in Michigan. She finally made a few Friday, but that didn't stop her from taking sole possession of the lead.

''I kind of feel like not really perfect, but I just kind of try to (be) aggressive,'' she said.

Full-field scores from the LPGA Volvik Championship

Lee, who lost by one stroke on this course last year, is in contention again.

''I guess the fairways are pretty generous and I think the greens are a little bit on the trickier side to read,'' Lee said. ''As long as your iron shots are pretty solid, I think you're going to be in good position around this golf course.''

Lee birdied the first two holes, and the only blemish on her scorecard Friday came on the par-5 14th. After missing the fairway to the right, she hit an aggressive shot out of the rough that went straight toward a water hazard well in front of the green. She settled for a bogey after taking a drop.

''I thought the ball was sitting OK in the rough, but it must have been a bit funny, or underneath it,'' she said. ''I made a mistake. I thought it was good enough to hit 3-wood there.''

Lee lost last year in Michigan to Shanshan Feng, but Feng will have some ground to make up in her attempt to repeat. She shot 69 on Friday but is still eight strokes behind the leader.

Ariya Jutanugarn was 6 under after a second consecutive 69.

Lopez made only six pars in the second round, tied for the fewest of the day, but her eight birdies and four bogeys put her near the top of the leaderboard.

''It was a little bit of an up and down,'' she said. ''There's so many opportunities out here to make birdie, that the most important thing to do is just to be patient, to be in the moment and not to get ahead of yourself. I think I came back from a couple mistakes that I did.''

In contrast to Lopez, Brittany Lincicome parred all 18 holes Friday and made the cut at 1 under. Paula Creamer (71) triple bogeyed the par-4 13th. She followed that with an eagle on the very next hole but missed the cut by a stroke.

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Childhood rivals share Sr. PGA lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 12:00 am

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Kevin Sutherland and Scott McCarron have been rivals since their junior golf days around Sacramento, California. The two old friends were back at it Friday at the top of the Senior PGA Championship leaderboard.

''It's honestly, nothing new for us,'' said Sutherland who played in the third-to-last group and birdied his last two holes for a 5-under 66 to match McCarron at 8 under.

McCarron had a 68 in the morning wave to emerge from a championship record group of six tied for the first-round lead.

Sutherland was last year's Charles Schwab Cup winner with his only senior win coming in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, while McCarron has six PGA Tour Champions wins, including a major at the 2017 Senior Players Championship.

''We are both (Northern California) guys, played in high school, junior golf, on tour and it seems like a lot on the Champions Tour,'' Sutherland said. ''We were in the last group on Sundays a lot last year. Scott played so well and had an incredible year, and I had a great year, too.''

Sutherland's lone PGA Tour victory came at McCarron's expense in 2002 at La Costa in the Accenture Match Play Championship, when he beat McCarron 1 up in the 36-hole final. As youngsters they played on opposing high school teams located about an hour apart and met often in state tournaments as well as on the California junior circuit.

''It's been happening for 30 years, wait 35 years now, I guess,'' Sutherland said. ''Playing together on a Saturday is a little different. We're both still trying to get in position to win.''

Jerry Kelly shot a 65 to join Tim Petrovic (69), Chris Williams (68) and Joe Durant (67) at 7 under. Durant tied for second last week in the Regions Tradition, also a major championship.

Full-field scores from the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

McCarron feels like he is just starting to warm to the task this year. He had to replace his clubs, including a favored putter damaged beyond repair in air transit two months ago.

''I've been putting with a back-up putter I had, but it just didn't feel quite right,'' he said. ''I changed last Sunday at the Regions Tradition and started putting better on Sunday. So I'm using this one again this week and seem to be putting pretty good with it.''

McCarron said the Harbor Shores course played a little tougher in light winds in the second round. He made six birdies and three bogeys.

''I would just like to have a couple of those bogeys back,'' he said. ''But we're in a good position going into the weekend.''

McCarron came to the press center after his round and walked in on a press conference where course-designer Jack and Barbara Nicklaus were being honored by sponsoring KitchenAid with the establishment of a local college scholarship program in their name.

McCarron, who said he has idolized Nicklaus since his youth, played media and asked Nicklaus what he ate when he was near the lead going into the weekend of a major championship.

Nicklaus said if you play well one day, eat the same thing the next day.

''But no hamburgers, or you will play like hamburger,'' he said.

Stuart Smith, the Reno, Neveda, club pro who was tied for the lead after the first round, missed the 36-hole cut with a second-round 83.

''I'll take the 66, 83 and enjoy the 66 yesterday,'' he said. ''You put this one down to just plain old golf. It's a nasty game we play sometimes. Glad I have a day job.''

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Wise, Simpson both miss cut at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 11:34 pm

The two most recent winners on the PGA Tour, Aaron Wise and Webb Simpson, missed the cut at the Fort Worth Invitational on Friday.

Wise and Simpson both came up short of the 2-over total by a shot following rounds of 70-73.

Wise was safely inside the number before playing his last four holes in 4 over par with two bogeys and a closing double following a trip into the water at the par-4 ninth.

Full-field scores from the Fort Worth Invitational

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Simpson, making his first start following his Players triumph, similarly struggled coming home, bogeying three of his final six holes.

Other notables who won't be around for the weekend at Colonial include Xander Schauffele (+4), Jason Dufner (+5), Patrick Cantlay (+6), Smylie Kaufman (+13), and Sam Burns (+13).

This is Kaufman's 11th consecutive MC and his 15th in his last 16 starts.

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Sr. PGA caddie learns of nephew's heroism in school shooting

By Tim RosaforteMay 25, 2018, 10:33 pm

Tracy Hubly caddied for her husband, club pro Chris Starkjohann, on Friday at the KitchenAid Senior PGA and learned after their round that her nephew was credited with helping stop the school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana.

Jason Seaman, a 29-year-old science instructor and seventh grade football coach at the school, took three bullets but survived as what his aunt called a hero.

“You hear the stories about these shootings and I think about Parkland and the officer that was trained but didn’t go into the school,” Hubly said. “It’s really shocking to think it comes close to your family, but it does."

It’s not unusual for Hubly to caddie for her husband, a teacher at Carlsbad Golf Center and coach of a PGA Junior League program in Southern California. Hubly, who works in the pro shop at Emerald Island Golf Course in Oceanside, Calif., was on the bag when he was low golf professional at the 2009 Senior PGA Championship held at Canterbury GC. 

Starkjohann, 61, missed the cut at Harbor Shores with rounds of 76-79—155 and was heading to the Colorado State Open.

 “I didn’t hear about it until after my round was done,” Starkjohann said. “Everything happened after I got in.”