NBC Sports Group Kicks off Today its All-Encompassing Coverage of the 145TH Open

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 12, 2016, 9:35 am

From First Tee Shot to Final Putt, NBC Sports’ Live Coverage Includes Return of The Open to Broadcast Television on NBC and Golf Channel’s First-Ever Telecast of a Men’s Major Championship

 Johnny Miller, Dan Hicks and Mike Tirico to Introduce Golf Channel’s Opening Round Coverage on at 1:30 a.m. ET Thursday Morning, 10:30 p.m. PT in Wednesday’s Primetime on the West Coast

 More than 200 Hours of Streaming and Digital Enhancements Provide Access to The Open from Any Screen, Anywhere, Anytime

 Golf Channel Features include Justin Rose All-Access; Feherty’s Unique Take on Scotland; and Retrospective of 1973 Champion Golfer Tom Weiskopf

 TROON, Scotland (July 11, 2016) – The dramatic setting of Royal Troon Golf Club will provide the backdrop for NBC Sports Group’s inaugural coverage of The 145TH Open this week, headlining more than 140 hours of combined programming beginning today on Golf Channel and NBC.

From golf’s original championship, NBC and Golf Channel will deliver nearly 50 hours of live tournament action, the most planned hours for a men’s major championship ever. In addition, all live coverage inside the ropes will be complemented by nearly 60 hours of wraparound news coverage on Golf Channel via Golf Central Live From The Open and Morning Drive.

Golf’s longest tenured 18th tower duo, lead analyst Johnny Miller and play-by-play-man Dan Hicks will be joined by host Mike Tirico to welcome viewers to NBC Sports Group’s coverage of The 145TH Open. Coming on the air to showcase the first tee shots of the opening round, coverage will begin early Thursday morning at 1:30 a.m. ET, which is in primetime on the West Coast on Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. PT.

ALL-ENCOMPASSING DIGITAL COVERAGE:

NEARLY 200 HOURS OF LIVE DIGITAL STREAMING COVERAGE: NBC Sports Group will stream nearly 200 hours of live coverage from The Open via Golf Live Extra and the NBC Sports App, powered by Playmaker Media. Golf Channel’s live streaming coverage is the network’s most ever in a one-week span, which will encompass all four rounds of live tournament coverage, Golf Central Live From The Open, Morning Drive, NBC’s weekend recap presentations, DirecTV Mosaic channels, and Golf Channel Digital’s Fairways of Life simulcast.

DIRECTV MOSAIC OF THE OPEN: From Thursday through Sunday, NBC Sports has teamed up with with DIRECTV to provide its exclusive, signature mosaic offering for The Open. The exclusive Open Experience includes four channels of coverage that fans can watch individually or all on one screen along with instant access to an interactive menu of features, including a live leaderboard, player stats, bios, scorecards and tee times.  The Mosaic or *Mix Channel (Channel 701) will include:

  • Live TV (Channel 702) – Simulcast of Golf Channel’s and NBC’s live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday.
  • Marquee Group (703) – 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 (704) – 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.”
  • First Tee & Golf Central (705) – 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.

* For full Mix Channel and interactive functionality, HD equipment model H/HR 21 or later is required.

NBC SPORTS’ SIGNATURE STORYTELLING:

Throughout the week, special high-quality features on golf’s original major will air within Golf Central Live From The Open news programming, as well as Golf Channel and NBC’s live tournament coverage, including:

  • Justin Rose: Full Circle: Justin Rose burst onto the golf scene at the 1998 Open at Royal Birkdale as a 17-year old amateur with a hole-out from the rough that punctuated his debut. Golf Channel visits with Rose at his home in the Bahamas, where he opens up about his slow start after turning pro and his breakthrough win at the 2013 U.S. Open after his father passed away.
  • NBC Sports’ David Feherty’s Unique Takes on The Open and Scotland:Feherty recently visited Scotland for a slate of features to be used across news and tournament productions. Feherty’s trademark take will extend to Scottish hallmarks like gorse and haggis, one of Troon’s local pubs and Arran, the largest island within the Firth of Clyde.
  • Royal Troon’s Tee-to-Greens with Frank Nobilo – Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo scouts the holes of Royal Troon Golf Club in advance of The Open to give viewers an inside look at the signature holes and the shots players will need in order to win The Open.
  • The Birthplace of The Open: Prestwick Golf Club – Rich Lerner gives viewers an overview of the rich history of Prestwick Golf Club, located a mere few miles south of Troon, and home to the first Open in 1860.
  • Tom Weiskopf Reflects on Career and ’73 Open Win: Rich Lerner visits the home of 1973 Open Champion Tom Weiskopf in Bozemon, Mont., where he discusses the lofty expectations in his golf career that he feels he did not live up to, his major championship win at Royal Troon in 1973 immediately following the death of his father; and his biggest triumph: celebrating 16 years of sobriety.

COVERAGE TEAMS FOR THE 145TH OPEN:

TOURNAMENT BROADCAST TEAM: Dan Hicks andJohnny Miller (1976 Open Champion), Terry Gannon and Sir Nick Faldo (1987, 1990, 1992 Open Champion) and Steve Sands and Frank Nobilo (T-10 at the 1997 Open at Royal Troon) will rotate in the 18th Tower for Golf Channel and NBC’s live tournament coverage of The Open. Making his NBC Sports debut, Mike Tirico will serve as host of The Open and assist with some play-by-play of tournament coverage. The broadcast team for all four rounds also will include David Feherty, Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch, Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Tom Abbott, Notah Begay, Billy Ray Brown, Curt Byrum, Jerry Foltz, Jimmy Roberts and Todd Lewis.

GOLF CENTRAL LIVE FROM THE OPEN: Rich Lerner and Ryan Burr will anchor Golf Central Live From The Open coverage from onsite at Royal Troon and will be joined by analysts David Duval (2001 Open Champion) – who also will be competing in The 145TH Open – as well as Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, Notah Begay, Mark Rolfing, Sir Nick Faldo, Paul McGinley, Colin Montgomerie and Billy Kratzert. They will be joined by a team of reporters and contributors, including Steve Burkowski, Todd Lewis, Rex Hoggard, Tim Rosaforte and Ken Schofield.

SPECIAL “MIDNIGHT” DRIVE AT THE OPEN: Morning Drive will set the scene Monday-Wednesday with live interviews from Royal Troon. Co-hosts Damon Hack and Cara Robinson will report from on-site, joining co-hosts Gary Williams, Charlie Rymer, Chris DiMarco, John Cook and Lauren Thompson in Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

A first-ever “late night” special edition of “Midnight” Drivewill lead into live opening round coverage on Wednesday night, starting at 11:30 p.m. ET. Co-hosts Hack and Robinson will be joined by special guest Ken Schofield from Royal Troon, along with co-hosts Williams, Rymer, Cook and Thompson from Orlando.

DIGITAL EDITORIAL CONTENT: Golf Channel Digital will feature expanded editorial content for The Open with up-to-the-minute blogs and fan interaction, highlighted by:

  • News & Features: Golf Channel Digital’s Mercer Baggs, Jay Coffin, Rex Hoggard, and Ryan Lavner will report from Royal Troon throughout the week with blogs, columns and features.
  • Exclusive Video Content: Daily video updates throughout the week will originate from the network’s digital studio in Orlando, as well as segments from Golf Central Live From The Open and Morning Drive news coverage. George Savaricas, Lisa Cornwell, Tripp Isenhour and Robert Damron will deliver these exclusive video updates and analysis throughout the week.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S LIVE PROGRAMMING FROM THE 145TH OPEN (all E.T.)

Monday, July 11                     Golf Central Live From The Open                  7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12                     Morning Drive                                              6-8 a.m.

                                              Golf Central Live From The Open                  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                              Golf Central Live From The Open                  7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13                Morning Drive                                               6-8 a.m.

                                              Golf Central Live From The Open                  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                              Golf Central Live From The Open                  7-9 p.m.

                                               "Midnight” Drive Special                               11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 14                    The 145TH Open – Round 1                           1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

                                               Golf Central Live From The Open                  4-5 p.m.

Friday, July 15                         The 145TH Open – Round 2                           1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

                                               Golf Central Live From The Open                  4-5 p.m.

Saturday, July 16                     The 145TH Open – Round 3                           4-7 a.m.

                                               The 145TH Open – Round 3 – NBC                 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

                                               The Open Recap Special – NBC                     4-6 p.m.

                                               Golf Central Live From The Open                  2:30-3 p.m.

                                               Golf Central Live From The Open                  8-9 p.m.

Sunday, July 17                        The 145TH Open – Final Round                     4-7 a.m.

                                                The 145TH Open – Final Round – NBC           7 a.m.-2 p.m.

                                                The Open Recap Special – NBC                     4-6 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  2-3 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  6-7 p.m.

American Junior Golf Association

Junior golfer's amazing run: ace, albatross, birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 11:03 pm

While most of the golf world had its attention focused on Scotland and The Open Championship at Carnoustie on Thursday, the REALLY remarkable performance of the day was taking place in Halifax, Mass.

There, in an American Junior Golf Association tournament, a 16-year-old Thai player made a hole-in-one and an albatross on consecutive holes.

According to the AJGA, Conor Kelly holed a 5-iron shot on the 198-yard, par-3 eighth hole. It was his first hole-in-one. He then holed a 4-iron second shot from 220 yards on the 480-yard ninth holer for the albatross. (We're gonna go out on a limb and say it was his first albatross.)

Certainly a nice way to make the turn - but Kelly wasn't finished. He birdied the par-4 10th for a 1-2-3 sequence on his scorecard. For the day, he shot a 5-under 67 in the AJGA Junior Golf Hub Championship at the Country Club of Halifax.

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McIlroy, Rahm betting co-favorites after Open Round 1

By Will GrayJuly 19, 2018, 10:10 pm

They're both three shots off the lead, but after starting The Open with rounds in the 60s Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are now betting co-favorites to lift the claret jug at Carnoustie.

McIlroy is four years removed from his Open triumph at Royal Liverpool, while Rahm remains in search of his first major title. Both carded rounds of 2-under 69 in Scotland to sit three shots off the lead of Kevin Kisner. While McIlroy started the tournament at 16/1 and Rahm at 20/1, they're now dead even at 10/1 in updated odds at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

Kisner started the week at 200/1, but after an opening-round 66 he's quickly been trimmed to 25/1. Tony Finau sits one shot behind Kisner and is now listed behind only McIlroy and Rahm at 12/1 after starting the tournament at 60/1.

On the other side of the coin, consensus pre-tournament betting favorite Dustin Johnson fell from 12/1 to 100/1 following an opening 76 while Masters champ Patrick Reed shot a 4-over 75 to plummet from 30/1 to 200/1. Trailing by five shots following an opening-round 71, Tiger Woods' odds remained unchanged at 25/1 as he seeks a 15th career major title.

Here's a look at the revised betting odds heading into the second round at Carnoustie:

10/1: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

12/1: Tony Finau

14/1: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

20/1: Francesco Molinari

25/1: Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner

30/1: Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka

40/1: Ryan Moore, Jason Day

50/1: Erik Van Rooyen, Brandon Stone, Matt Kuchar

60/1: Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Russell Henley, Matthew Southgate

80/1: Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na

100/1: Dustin Johnson, Zander Lombard, Sung Kang, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Chris Wood, Pat Perez, Luke List, Charley Hoffman

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Despite 78, Lincicome savors PGA Tour experience

By Randall MellJuly 19, 2018, 9:41 pm

Two bad holes derailed Brittany Lincicome in her historic start Thursday at the Barbasol Championship, but they couldn’t wipe the smile off her face afterward.

It might have been the most fun she ever had shooting a 78.

Lincicome joined Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to tee it up in a PGA Tour event when she striped her opening tee shot down the middle Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

A double bogey at her ninth hole and a triple at her 16th might have spoiled her chances at joining Zaharias as the only women to make a 36-hole cut in a PGA Tour event, but it didn’t spoil her experience.

“I did what I wanted to do, with having fun,” Lincicome said. “I think I nailed that part pretty well.

“I love playing with the guys. It's so much fun, being inside the ropes with them. Hopefully, I can get a good one tomorrow.”

Lincicome, 32, held her own for 16 holes, playing them in 1 over par, but those two big numbers left her tied for last place when she signed her scorecard, though other players remained on the course.

At 6 over, Lincicome is 13 shots behind the leader, probably seven or eight shots off the projected cut line, but she savored the experience. She arrived wanting to inspire young girls to dream big, and to bring some extra attention to a title sponsor who means so much to her. She represents Pure Silk, part of the Barbasol family.

Sam Ryder, who joined Conrad Shindler playing alongside Lincicome, was impressed with the way Lincicome carried herself.

“I would play with her every day if she wanted to,” said Ryder, who opened with a 68. “She's just a great person.



“Even though I know she's probably a little disappointed with her final score, she had a smile on her face all day.”

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, made her first birdie at her 12th hole, dropping a 30-foot putt, but she wasn’t happy with her putter much of the day. She missed three other good birdie chances, a 4-footer at her eighth hole, an 8-footer at her 10th and a 12-footer at the last.

“Pretty happy with my game overall,” Lincicome said. “I had two bad holes, but I drove it well. I did all the things I said I needed to do, but my putter let me down today.”

After piping her first drive, Lincicome opened with three consecutive pars.

“I was actually calmer than I thought I was going to be,” she said. “I thought I was going to be a nervous wreck. After the first tee shot, I was pretty happy that I found the fairway.”

Lincicome said Ryder and Shindler made her feel welcome. So did the crowds.

“It was great,” she said. “I could feel the energy of the crowd support me. Every time I hit a good driver or good shot, they would cheer for me, which was great.

“Conrad and Sam were so nice. I couldn't have asked for a better pairing. They were very welcoming, and we were interacting, they were asking me questions, and it was great.”

On Tuesday, Lincicome said a key to her play would be hitting fairways. She did that, hitting 10 of 14, but she was taking in longer clubs than she does in LPGA events, with Keene Trace set up at 7,168 yards. That’s 600 yards longer than she played last week at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic, where she finished second. She hit just 8 greens in regulation in this PGA Tour start.

Lincicome is nicknamed “Bam Bam.” She is one of the LPGA’s longest drivers, but she was typically 30 to 40 yards behind Ryder and Shindler after hitting her driver. She averaged 259 yards per drive, Ryder 289 yards.

“She had a couple birdie putts that she could have made,” Ryder said. “If she made a couple of those, might've been a little bit different, just to get a little bit of momentum. Who knows?”

Lincicome’s biggest challenges were the par 3s.

At the 18th, playing 195 yards, she mis-hit her tee shot, knocking it in the water, short of the green. She took a penalty, moved up to a forward tee, dropped and hit into a right greenside bunker. She got up and down from there for a 5.

At the seventh, playing 198 yards, she missed wild right and deep. From a tough spot in the rough, she left her pitch short of the green. She chipped her third past the hole and to the fringe, where she took three putts from 20 feet.

Afterward, Lincicome wasn’t dwelling on the bad shots. She was focused on going to sign autographs for all the fans waiting for her, including all the little girls who came out to see her.

“I need to go back over there and sign,” she said. “Any time I can influence a child, especially a girl, obviously I want to get them involved with the LPGA, as much as possible.”

Her overall assessment of her day?

“It was a great experience,” she said.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.