NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes & Notes: June 9-12

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 7, 2016, 9:25 pm

Ko and Thompson Lead 18 of Top-20 in the World Competing in 2nd Women’s Major of 2016 at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Airing in Primetime on Golf Channel & NBC from Sahalee Country Club Near Seattle

PGA TOUR Champions Concludes Stretch of Three Majors in Four Weeks with Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Outside Philadelphia

Johnson, Mickelson Headline Field at FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis with Four Invites to 145TH Open Available through Open Qualifying Series

Web.com Tour in Illinois for Rust-Oleum Championship 

European Tour in Austria for Lyoness Open

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 7, 2016) – The LPGA Tour stages its second major of the season this week with the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club outside of Seattle. Golf Channel and NBC will combine to air live, primetime tournament coverage featuring 18 of the top-20 players in the world, including Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson. The PGA TOUR Champions are in Philadelphia for the Tour’s third major in four weeks with the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, with Bernhard Langer defending his 2015 title. Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka headline the PGA TOUR’s FedEx St. Jude Classic this week, with a possible four invitations to The 145TH Open available for players not already exempt who finish inside the top-12 (and ties). The Web.com Tour is in Illinois for the Rust-Oleum Championship, while the European Tour is in Austria for the Lyoness Open.




KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Dates: June 9-12                                                                         

Venue: Sahalee Country Club, Sammamish, Wash.


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         7-10 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-3:30 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              7-10 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-3:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          5-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Sunday            6-8:30 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)


Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          2-5 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            4:30-6 p.m. (Live)


Broadcast Notes:

NBC Sports tournament coverage airing live and in primetime, with NBC broadcast leading into Golf Channel’s telecast on the weekend: NBC Sports Group will showcase the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship live and in primetime on the East Coast, Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12. Weekend lead-in live coverage will begin on NBC on both Saturday and Sunday, with continuing coverage both days airing on Golf Channel.

Golf Central on-site from Sahalee Country Club: Golf Channel’s signature news program, Golf Central, will provide on-site news coverage throughout the week from Sahalee Country Club. Cara Robinson will anchor Golf Central’s live coverage from Sahalee Country Club, and will be joined by analysts Brandel Chamblee and Paige Mackenzie, with Lisa Cornwell reporting and conducting player interviews.

Golf Central Special player news conferences airing from 5-6 p.m. ET on Wednesday: On Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET, Golf Central will air a special player news conferences show from the media center at Sahalee Country Club, featuring players in the field looking ahead to their opening round on Thursday.

Park chasing history: Inbee Park this week will attempt to become the first female golfer to win the same major in four consecutive years. Combatting injuries to her left thumb and back all season, she needs only to complete her opening round to record her 10th start of the year and meet the LPGA Hall of Fame’s 10-year LPGA membership requirement, though she has withdrawn after the opening round in each of her last two starts.

Jutanugarn vying for fourth consecutive victory: Ariya Jutanugarn will look to continue her streak as the hottest player in the game of late, having won in each of her last three starts. She’ll look to become the first player to win four straight events in which she’s competed in since Lorena Ochoa did it in 2008.

KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Airing on Golf Live Extra, CNBC.com on Wednesday: Golf Central also will offer news coverage of the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be hosted on-site on Wednesday, and assemble accomplished leaders in sports, business, politics and media to inspire the next generation of women leaders. Condoleezza Rice and Annika Sorenstam will keynote the gathering, with NBC’s Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya serving as master of ceremonies. Sessions will be moderated by NBC on-air talent including: NBC News and MSNBC Business Correspondent Olivia Sterns, CNBC Contributor Deidre Bosa and Golf Channel/NBC play-by-play host Terry Gannon. The summit will be streamed live from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on Golf Live Extra Powered by PlayMaker Media and via CNBC.com.

UL International crown field to be finalized at week’s end: Following the conclusion of this week’s event, the four highest ranked players from each of the eight qualifying countries will make up their respective teams for next month’s UL International Crown match play event. The eight countries will be seeded #1 through #8, and will be divided into two pools based on the cumulative total of the four players’ Rolex World Rankings published following the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Park defends: Inbee Park finished five shots clear of the field at Westchester Country Club to win her third straight KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun, Anna Nordqvist and Gerina Piller.


NBC Sports Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Dan Hicks / Terry Gannon (Thursday-Friday)

Analyst: Annika Sorenstam / Judy Rankin (Thursday-Friday) / Curt Byrum (Saturday-Sunday)    

Tower: Tom Abbott / Curt Byrum (Thursday-Friday)

On-Course: Kay Cockerill / Mark Rolfing

Interviews: Steve Sands


Golf Central Broadcast Team:

Host: Cara Robinson

Analyst: Brandel Chamblee / Paige Mackenzie

Reporter: Lisa Cornwell




Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

Dates: June 9-12

Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon Course), Flourtown, Pa.


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-5:30 a.m. (Monday replay)


Broadcast Notes:

Bookending a stretch of three PGA TOUR Champions majors in four weeks: This week’s Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship will mark Golf Channel and NBC’s coverage of the third PGA TOUR Champions major over a four week stretch. Golf Channel and NBC also will carry exclusive coverage of the Tour’s next major, the Senior Open from Carnoustie Golf Links, July 21-24.  

Langer defends: Bernhard Langer finished six strokes ahead of the field to earn his fifth senior major and 24th career PGA TOUR Champions victory.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, John Daly, Tom Watson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Vijay Singh, Rocco Mediate, Jeff Maggert, Jesper Parnevik and Kenny Perry.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

Interviews: Tim Rosaforte




FedEx St. Jude Classic

Dates: June 9-12

Venue: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-3:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4 a.m. (Monday replay)


Broadcast Notes:   

Four potential invites to 145TH Open available through Open Qualifying Series: This event serves as a qualifier for The 2016 Open as part of The Open Qualifying Series. Up to four places in the field at Royal Troon are available this week for players finishing in the top-12 (and ties) not already exempt into the event.

Gomez defends: Fabian Gomez finished four shots ahead of Greg Owen for his inaugural PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Luke Donald, Retief Goosen, Lee McCoy, Graeme McDowell, Robby Shelton and Jon Curran.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson      

Analyst: Jim Gallagher Jr.

Tower: Frank Nobilo / Matt Gogel

On-Course: Phil Blackmar / Damon Hack

Interviews: Rex Hoggard




Rust-Oleum Championship

Dates: June 9-12                                                                         

Venue: Ivanhoe Club, Ivanhoe, Ill.   


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday              10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Sunday            9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)


Broadcast Notes:

Headlining the field: Ben Curtis, Oliver Goss, Ollie Schniederjans, Casey Wittenberg, Richy Werenski, Matthew Goggin, Brad Fritsch, Andrew Svoboda, Ryan Armour and Len Mattiace.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Grant Boone

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Steve Burkowski

On-Course: Tripp Isenhour / Gary Christian




Lyoness Open

Dates: June 9-12

Venue: Diamond Country Club (Diamond Course), Atzenbrugg, Austria


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-7 a.m. / 9-10:30 a.m. (Live)

Friday              5-7 a.m. / 9-10:30 a.m. (Live)

Saturday          6-10 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            5:30-10 a.m. (Live)


Broadcast Notes:

Wood defends: Chris Wood won by two shots over Rafa Cabrera-Bello for his second career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Y.E. Yang, Thomas Bjorn, David Howell, Bernd Wiesberger, Chris Wood, Lasse Jensen and Sepp Straka.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Mike Ritz

Play by Play: Dominik Holyer

Analyst: Tony Johnstone

On-Course: Julian Tutt


-NBC Sports Group-

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

“Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

“It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”