NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Aug. 3-6): RICOH Women's British Open, WGC-Bridgestone Inv., Barracuda Championship, 3M Championship

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 2, 2017, 6:00 pm

NBC Sports Group to Air 28 Live Hours of the RICOH Women’s British Open, Most in Women’s Major Championship History 

World’s Best Headline WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 55 of Top-56 in the Official World Golf Ranking in Field 

PGA TOUR Returns to Reno for Barracuda Championship 

PGA TOUR Champions in Minnesota for 3M Championship, Featuring “Greats of Golf Challenge” on Saturday Headlined by Nicklaus, Lopez

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 2, 2017) – The best in the women’s game will tee it up at Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland for the RICOH Women’s British Open, where NBC Sports Group will air 28 live hours of coverage, the most in women’s major championship history. World No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn looks to defend her maiden major title, just down the road from the Home of Golf. The PGA TOUR is a week away from their fourth and final major of the season, but first, 55 of the top 56 golfers in the Official World Golf Rankings are heading to Akron, Ohio for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson captured the first two WGC events this season and looks to become the first player in history to nab three in a single season. There’s more PGA TOUR action in Reno as the TOUR will play their only stableford scoring championship on the calendar, with Smylie Kaufman and Padraig Harrington headlining the field. Jack is back, but only for Saturday – the Golden Bear will tee it up for the “Greats of Golf Challenge” on the PGA TOUR Champions at the 3M Championship. Nicklaus, along with other golf greats, will get the chance to show off their skills. Fresh off his 10th major victory at the Senior Open, Bernhard Langer headlines the field in Minnesota.


RICOH Women’s British Open

Dates: Aug. 3-6

Venue: Kingsbarns Golf Links, St. Andrews, Scotland

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)

Friday              6 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          7-11 a.m. (Live) / 2-4 p.m. (Replay)

Sunday            7:30-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 2:30-4 p.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday:         11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live)

Sunday:           11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

28 live hours of coverage: Golf Channel and NBC will air 28 live hours of tournament coverage throughout the week, the most ever in women’s major championship history.

Comprehensive wraparound coverage: Golf Central and Morning Drive – Golf Channel’s signature news programs—will provide wraparound coverage from Golf Channel studios in Orlando and from on-site at Kingsbarns.

Jutanugarn defends: World no. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn looks to defend her first major victory.

Finalizing Solheim Cup: This will be the final event in determining the U.S. and European Solheim Cup Teams. On Sunday, Aug. 6, approximately one-hour following play, U.S. Team Captain Juli Inkster and Europe Team Captain Annika Sorenstam will announce their full roster of players, including captains’ picks. Golf Channel will air highlights of the press conference within Golf Central Sunday night, and GolfChannel.com will provide coverage of the press conference and the picks. The 2017 Solheim Cup will take place Friday-Sunday, Aug. 18-20 in Des Moines, Iowa, with complete coverage on Golf Channel and NBC.

Headlining the field: So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson, Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie and Inbee Park.

NBC Sports Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Scott Walker

Play by Play: Tom Abbott / Rich Lerner

Analyst: Karen Stupples / Judy Rankin

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples

Interviews: Cara Robinson


WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Dates: Aug. 3-6

Venue: Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         1:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              1:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Johnson defends: World No. 1 Dustin Johnson looks to defend his title. Johnson won the WGC-Mexico and WGC-Dell Match Play earlier in the season, and if he can defend at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational he would be the first player to ever capture three WGC events in a single season.

Elite field: 55 of the top 56 golfers in the world are in the field.

Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama and Brooks Koepka

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Nick Faldo

Tower: Matt Gogel, Gary McCord

On-course: Arron Oberholser

Interviews: Steve Burkowski

Morning Drive Broadcast Team:

Co-host: Damon Hack / Robert Damron


Barracuda Championship

Dates: Aug. 3-6

Venue: Montreux Golf Club, Reno, Nevada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              6:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          7-10 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            7-10 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Stableford format: The Barracuda Championship is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule to utilize a stableford scoring format.

Headlining the field: Smylie Kaufman, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III, KJ Choi, Wyndham Clark, Curtis Luck and Sam Horsfield.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson

Analyst: Justin Leonard

Tower: Curt Byrum / Jim Gallagher

On-course: Kay Cockerill, John Cook


3M Championship

Dates: Aug. 4-6

Venue: TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              9-11 p.m. (Tape Delay)

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

Sunday            4-7 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday, Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Greats of Golf Challenge: On Saturday, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Nancy Lopez and other greats of the game will tee it up for an exhibition.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Steve Stricker and Rocco Mediate.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey

On-course: David Marr

Interviews: Billy Ray Brown

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”