NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Jan. 7-10)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 5, 2016, 9:55 pm

Spieth, Day, Fowler Help PGA TOUR Ring in 2016 in Hawaii with Hyundai Tournament of Champions Airing in Primetime on Golf Channel, NBC


European Tour Begins 2016 with BMW South African Open in Johannesburg


The PGA TOUR makes its 2016 debut in primetime from Maui, Hawaii with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The field of 32 winners from the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season feature four of the top-six in the world in Jordan Spieth (No. 1); Jason Day (No. 2); Bubba Watson (No. 4); and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Making his return to TV this week is longtime Golf Channel and NBC voice Mark Rolfing, after being diagnosed with a rare form of salivary gland cancer in August. A resident of Maui, Rolfing will serve as a tower analyst for live tournament action on Golf Channel and NBC this week. Golf Channel’s evening news program, Golf Central, will originate on-site from Kapalua Resort, with Ryan Burr (host), Notah Begay (analyst), Rolfing (analyst) and Steve Burkowski (reporter) offering the latest news and insight throughout the week. Meanwhile, the European Tour will stage its opening event of 2016 in Johannesburg, with the BMW South African Open. World Golf Hall of Famer and five-time South African Open champion Ernie Els will serve as tournament host and ambassador.



Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Dates: Jan. 7-10

Venue: Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course), Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6-10 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)    

Friday              6-10 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          6-8 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            6-10 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)


Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          4-6 p.m. (Live)


Broadcast Notes:

Golf’s top newsmakers and champions from 2015 to make 2016 debut in primetime: The game’s most influential personalities from 2015 will make their first start of the calendar year this week, including four of the top-six players in the world: Jordan Spieth (No. 1); Jason Day (No. 2); Bubba Watson (No. 4); and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Golf Channel will feature each of the 32 players in the field, live and in primetime, Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 7-10 beginning at 6 p.m. ET, and on Saturday, NBC will provide third round lead-in coverage from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Spieth live news conference airing today at 5:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel: Today at 5:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will air a special live news conference featuring World No. 1 Jordan Spieth, answering questions from media from the Kapalua Resort media center ahead of his first start in 2016.

Rolfing returns to TV: Longtime Golf Channel and NBC Sports personality Mark Rolfing will make his return to the broadcast team this week. In August, Rolfing was diagnosed with a rare form of salivary gland cancer and took a leave of absence following the PGA Championship for surgery and treatment. Rolfing, who lives in Maui, will work as a tower analyst during the network’s live tournament coverage this week.

Golf Central on-site from Kapalua: Golf Channel’s evening news program, Golf Central will complement tournament action with live wraparound news coverage airing from on-site from a dedicated set at Kapalua Resort. Ryan Burr will host, and Notah Begay and Rolfing will serve as analysts. Steve Burkowski also will provide reports and player interviews.

Reed defends: Patrick Reed defeated Jimmy Walker with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his fourth career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Justin Thomas and Jimmy Walker.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner

Analyst: Peter Jacobsen

Tower: Frank Nobilo / Mark Rolfing

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Curt Byrum

Interviews: Steve Burkowski



BMW South African Open

Dates: Jan. 7-10

Venue: Glendower Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3-5 a.m. / 7-10 a.m. (Live) / Noon-5 p.m. (Replay)               

Friday              7-10 a.m. (Live)

Saturday          5:30-9:30 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            5-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 3-5 p.m. (Replay)


Broadcast Notes:

Els hosts: World Golf Hall of Famer and five-time South African Open champion Ernie Els serves as tournament host and ambassador in his native country for the second consecutive year. His charities, Els for Autism and the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation, are the designated charitable beneficiaries for the event.

Sullivan defends: Andy Sullivan defeated Charl Schwartzel with a birdie on the first playoff hole to earn his first European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, George Coetzee, Andy Sullivan, Paul Dunne, Gary Stal, David Howell, Marcel Siem and Richard Sterne.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Scott Walker

Play by Play: Dominik Holyer

Analyst: Denis Hutchinson / Jay Townsend

On-Course: Paul Eales

-NBC Sports Group-


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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.

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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.

Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.

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Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.

That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.

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Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

And then he aced the par-3 seventh.

Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!