NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Feb. 25-28)

By February 23, 2016, 10:20 pm

PGA TOUR Kicks off Florida Swing at The Honda Classic, with NBC Sports Group

Televising More Than 20 Hours of Live Tournament Coverage


Eight of Top-10 in the World to Compete in Honda LPGA Thailand


European Tour in Australia for ISPS Handa Perth International

The PGA TOUR moves from West Coast to East Coast this week to kick off the “Florida Swing” at The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. This week also marks the first of six consecutive tournament weeks airing exclusively on Golf Channel and NBC. Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler headline the field (World No. 3 & 5 respectively) and will be featured (along with Phil Mickelson) during a Golf Central player news conference show on Wednesday at Noon ET. Eight of the top-10 players in the world will tee it up in the Honda LPGA Thailand this week, which include Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson. And the European Tour is in Australia for the ISPS Handa Perth International, as Thorbjorn Olesen defends his 2014 title, when the event was last contested.




The Honda Classic

Dates: Feb. 25-28

Venue: PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-11 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              2-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-11 p.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-3 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Sunday            1-3 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)


Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live)


Broadcast Notes:

Golf Channel, NBC to kick off six-week stretch of exclusive live PGA TOUR coverage this week: Golf Channel and NBC Sports will dedicate nearly 20 live hours of tournament coverage from The Honda Classic, which will commence six consecutive weeks of PGA TOUR action on Golf Channel and NBC, including: The Honda Classic (Feb. 25-28); WGC-Cadillac Championship (March 3-6); Valspar Championship (March 10-13); Arnold Palmer Invitational (March 17-20); WGC-Dell Match Play (March 23-27); Puerto Rico Open (March 24-27) and the Shell Houston Open (March 31-April 3).

Golf Central player news conference, Wednesday at Noon ET: On Wednesday at Noon ET, Golf Central will present a special player news conference from PGA National, featuring Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson.                                                                                             

The Honda Classic Pro-Am airing at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday: Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will televise The Honda Classic Pro-Am, as players make their final preparations for Thursday’s opening round.  

David Feherty making Florida Swing debut: David Feherty joined the NBC broadcast team exclusively in 2016 and will be a course reporter for Golf Channel and NBC’s weekend coverage of The Honda Classic. This week begins a stretch of five consecutive weeks on Golf Channel and NBC for Feherty, rotating as a tower analyst and course reporter for each of the Florida Swing events in addition to the WGC-Dell Match Play (March 23-27) in Austin, Texas.

Morning Drive on-site from PGA National: Golf Channel’s daily news program, Morning Drive (beginning at 9 a.m. ET Thursday-Sunday), will feature on-site reports from PGA National. Cara Robinson and John Cook will provide live updates on location and conduct interviews with players and other guests throughout the week.

Harrington defends: Padraig Harrington defeated Daniel Berger with a par on the second playoff hole during a rain-delayed Monday finish for his sixth career PGA TOUR win, and first since the 2008 PGA Championship.

Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, Branden Grace, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Justin Thomas.


Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)

Analyst: Gary Koch (Golf Channel) / Johnny Miller (NBC)

Tower: Peter Jacobsen / Gary Koch (NBC) / Steve Sands (Golf Channel)

On-Course: Roger Maltbie / David Feherty / Notah Begay

Interviews: Steve Burkowski (Golf Channel) / Steve Sands (NBC)




Honda LPGA Thailand

Dates: Feb. 25-28

Venue: Siam Country Club Pattaya (Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         1-5 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              1-5 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-5 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Replay)

Sunday            1-5 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Replay)


Broadcast Notes:

Strong field features eight of top-10 in the world: The field at the Honda LPGA Thailand is made up of eight of the top-10 players in the world, including Stacy Lewis (No. 3) and Lexi Thompson (No. 4).

Yang defends: Amy Yang won by two shots over Stacy Lewis, Yani Tseng and Mirim Lee for her second LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Charley Hull, Sei Young Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Hyo Joo Kim, Ha Na Jang, In Gee Chun, Michelle Wie and Amy Yang.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Tom Abbott

Play by Play: Peter Donegan

Analyst: Sandy Mackenzie                 

On-Course: Kate Burton




ISPS Handa Perth International

Dates: Feb. 25-28

Venue: Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-9 a.m. (Tape delay)

Friday              5-9 a.m. (Tape delay)

Saturday          5-9 a.m. (Tape delay)

Sunday            5-9 a.m. (Tape delay)


Broadcast Notes:

Olesen defends: Thorbjorn Olesen defeated Victor Dubuisson by three shots to earn his second career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Louis Oosthuizen, Victor Dubuisson, Peter Uihlein, Thorbjorn Olesen, Matteo Manassero, Peter Senior, Stephen Gallacher, David Lipsky and Mikko Ilonen.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Brendon Julian

Analyst: Warren Humphreys / Ossie Moore

On-Course: Paul Gow

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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.