NBC Sports Group Set for Back-to-Back Weeks at the Home of Golf with the Scottish Open, 144th Open Championship

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 7, 2015, 4:10 pm

Golf Channel, Golf Channel on NBC to Air More Than 25 Hours of Live Coverage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open July 9-12

 

Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews Contributing to More Than 30 Hours of News and Analysis Surrounding the 144th Open Championship July 13-19

 

Live Coverage of the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to Air within Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews on Monday, July 13, 1 P.M. ET

 

Golf Central Live From St. Andrews Features Include: Tom Watson’s Farewell; the Familiarity of St. Andrews’ Old Course; Recalling Nick Faldo’s 1990 Open Championship Victory; the Rise of Jordan Spieth as a Major Champion

 

Golf Channel Digital to Provide Daily Reports, Features, and Video from

On-Air Personalities and Golf Channel Writers On-Site at St. Andrews

NBC Sports Group is gearing up its production plans to showcase two of the game’s most storied events from the home of golf with the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and the 144th Open Championship. Golf Channel will feature live coverage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Thursday and Friday, July 9-10 as well as early-round coverage on Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12 leading into the conclusion of third and final round play on NBC.

The following week, Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews will originate from the Old Course at St. Andrews to offer comprehensive news and analysis contributing to the network’s more than 30 total hours of news programming surrounding Open Championship week.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Golf Channel and NBC will air more than 25 combined hours of live coverage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open from Gullane Golf Club, Thursday-Sunday, July 9-12. The elite field will include 15 of the top-50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, including Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Jimmy Walker as they make they make their final preparations for the Open Championship the following week. Rich Lerner will handle play-by-play duties and will be joined in the 18th tower by Brandel Chamblee (lead analyst). Curt Byrum and Tom Abbott will serve as hole announcers in outer tower positions and Jay Townsend will walk inside the ropes as an on-course reporter.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Tournament Airtimes (all times ET):

Thursday, July 9          5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)      Golf Channel

Friday, July 10            5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)      Golf Channel

Saturday, July 11        9:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)            Golf Channel

                                    Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live)            NBC

Sunday, July 12          9:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)            Golf Channel

                                    Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live)            NBC

Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews

Golf Channel’s Open Championship week programming will be led by Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews, which will air on-site from the Old Course, as well as from Studio A at Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando, Fla. Anchoring the network’s coverage from St. Andrews will be Rich Lerner, Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, Tim Rosaforte, Todd Lewis and Ken Schofield.

World Golf Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony – Monday, July 13 at 1 p.m. ET

Open Championship week on Golf Channel will kick off with the live 90-minute telecast of the World Golf Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony on Monday, July 13, which will air within Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews beginning at 1 p.m. ET from the University of St. Andrews, just blocks from the Old Course. The ceremony – which will be televised live to an international audience for the first time – features a class of four inductees including: Laura Davies, four-time major champion and winner of more than 70 career worldwide victories; two-time major champions David Graham and Mark O’Meara; and the late A.W. Tillinghast, prolific golf architect, who designed more than 100 courses in the United States over the course of his career. Di Dougherty will emcee the ceremony.

This is the first time that the induction ceremony will be held outside of the United States, and will mark the first class to be elected by the 16-member Hall of Fame Selection Commission (co-chaired by World Golf Hall-of-Famers Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam) using the required 75% voting threshold approval. The expanded biennial schedule will have the ceremony returning to the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum in St. Augustine, Fla., in 2017 during THE PLAYERS Championship, and in 2019 will be staged in Pebble Beach, Calif., during U.S. Open week.

Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews Scheduled Features (previews available upon request):

  • Watson’s Farewell – 40 years after winning his first of five Open Championship titles, Tom Watson will compete in this year’s event for the final time. Rich Lerner takes a retrospect look back on Watson’s knack for winning on golf’s most storied links courses, which ultimately account for more than half of his career major championship victories.
  • The Familiarity of the Old Course – The game’s biggest stars recall their first impressions of the Old Course at St. Andrews, and share why their  fondness for golf’s oldest venue continues to grow each time they return.
  • Faldo’s Victory in the 1990 Open Championship – Six-time major winner Nick Faldo recounts his 1990 Open Championship title on the 25-year anniversary of the memorable showdown with Greg Norman on the Old Course.
  • Spieth’s Ascension to Major Champion – Having carried the spotlight with him long before he sparked the rhetoric of a potential 2015 Grand Slam, the maturation of Jordan Spieth is examined from junior golf prodigy to two-time major champion.

Digital Coverage

Golf Channel Digital will provide extensive coverage from its team of staffers on-site at St. Andrews: Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner, Jay Coffin, Joe Posnanski and Bailey Mosier. Content will include daily news reports, feature stories and exclusive video, as well as “Open Tracker”, a daily live blog keeping readers up-to-date on all the developing storylines. Online video will include highlights and analysis from Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews, recaps and reports. 

Golf’s Greatest Rounds – 1995 Open Championship

Golf Channel’s next installment of its Golf’s Greatest Rounds series centers around John Daly’s second major championship title in the 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews’ Old Course, premiering at 9 p.m. ET tonight. Daly was matched in a four-hole aggregate playoff against Costantino Rocca (who birdied the 72nd hole to tie Daly at 6-under par). Daly took a two-shot lead to the famous Road Hole (No. 17) where Rocca needed three shots to get out of the bunker, making triple bogey and ultimately handing Daly the title.

The Golf Fix

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air on Monday, July 13 at 6 p.m. ET and preview the Open Championship at St. Andrews. The episode will provide a blueprint for how to pull off some of the most revered shots in St. Andrews history, and discuss what it will take for Jordan Spieth to keep his 2015 Grand Slam hopes intact.

Open Championship International Programming

Golf Channel will produce live international Open Championship news programming from its Orlando World Headquarters in both Japanese and Mandarin. The shows will feature live reports and custom content from St. Andrews throughout the week. These productions will complement the international distribution of Golf Central’s Live From St. Andrews, which is distributed to markets within Golf Channel’s worldwide footprint in more than 80 countries, 200 million households and 11 languages.

Open Championship Week Programming Air Times (all times ET):

Monday, July 13

Morning Drive                        7-9 a.m.

Live From St. Andrews          Noon-3 p.m.

The Golf Fix                           6-7 p.m.

Live From St. Andrews          7-8 p.m.                      

Tuesday, July 14

Morning Drive                        6-8 a.m.

Live From St. Andrews          8 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                                7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15

Morning Drive                        6-8 a.m.

Live From St. Andrews          8 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                                7-9 p.m.

Thursday, July 16

Live From St. Andrews          7-9 p.m.

Friday, July 17

Live From St. Andrews          7-9 p.m.

Saturday, July 18

Live From St. Andrews          7-9 p.m.

Sunday, July 19

Live From St. Andrews          1:30-2 p.m.

                                                7-9 p.m.

 

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Five-time Open champ Thomson passes at 88

By Associated PressJune 20, 2018, 1:35 am

MELBOURNE, Australia – Five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 88.

Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members on Wednesday morning.

Born on Aug, 23, 1929, Thomson was two months short of his 89th birthday.

The first Australian to win The Open Championship, Thomson went on to secure the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equaled only by Tom Watson.

On the American senior circuit he won nine times in 1985.

Thomson also served as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years, designing and building courses in Australia and around the world, helping establish the Asian Tour and working behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organization where he was chairman for five years.

He also wrote for newspapers and magazines for more than 60 years and was patron of the Australian Golf Writers Association.

In 1979 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions as a player and administrator and for community service.

Thomson is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were to be announced over the next few days.

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Gaston leaves USC to become head coach at Texas A&M

By Ryan LavnerJune 19, 2018, 11:00 pm

In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.

This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.  

Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.

Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.

The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.  

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Spieth 'blacked out' after Travelers holeout

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 9:44 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.

Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.

Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.


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“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”

Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.

“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”

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Pregnant Lewis playing final events before break

By Randall MellJune 19, 2018, 9:27 pm

Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.

Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.

Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.

“Things have definitely gotten harder, I would say, over the last week or so, the heat of the summer and all that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “I'm actually excited. I'm looking forward to the break and being able to decorate the baby's room and do all that kind of stuff and to be a mom - just super excited.”

Lewis says she is managing her energy levels, but she is eager to compete.

“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”

Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2014, and she was credited with an unofficial title in ’07, while still a senior at Arkansas. That event was reduced to 18 holes because of multiple rain delays. Lewis is a popular alumni still actively involved with the university.