PGA Championship Week on Golf Channel to Feature More Than 60 Live Hours of News & Analysis

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 6, 2015, 3:00 pm

 

PGA Championship Week Features Include: Dustin Johnson’s Whistling Straits Return; the Unique Partnership Between Herb Kohler and Pete Dye; Looking Back at Vijay Singh’s Remarkable 2004 Season

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 In preparation for the final men’s major championship of the year, Golf Channel is dedicating more than 60 live hours of news, analysis, highlights, interviews, instruction and debate surrounding the 2015 PGA Championship, taking place Aug. 10-16 at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wis.

GOLF CENTRAL LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Headlining Golf Channel’s live coverage will be Golf Central’s Live From the PGA Championship wraparound news programming, which will feature the latest developments from Whistling Straits throughout the week. Ryan Burr, Rich Lerner and Kelly Tilghman will anchor Golf Channel’s Live From the PGA Championshiptelecasts from Whistling Straits, and will be joined by analysts Notah Begay, Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Colin Montgomerie, Frank Nobilo, Arron Oberholser and Mark Rolfing. Michael Breed, Todd Lewis and Steve Sands will provide interviews and reports on the ground throughout the week, and John Feinstein, Tim Rosaforte and Ken Schofield also will contribute daily reports. Originating from a custom-built set that will feature two stages – the main stage overlooking the practice putting green and a conversation set overlooking the driving range – Live From the PGA Championship will provide comprehensive insight, analysis, exclusive features and breaking news on emerging storylines throughout the week.

WHISTLING STRAITS: TEE TO GREEN WITH FRANK NOBILO: Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo will give viewers an in-depth look at Whistling Straits through dedicated “Tee to Green” segments, which will run during Golf Channel’s news programming throughout the week. The segments will break down the Straits Course, highlighting the signature holes that could play a crucial role with players in contention during Sunday’s final round.

FEATURES: Throughout the week, Live From the PGA Championship will present compelling features showcasing the history of the PGA Championship, Whistling Straits Golf Course, and the best storylines surrounding the event. A sampling includes (previews are available upon request):

  • Dustin Johnson’s Return to Whistling Straits and Major Championship Heartbreak – Golf Channel will take a look back at Dustin Johnson’s heartbreaks at the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and, most recently, the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Golf Channel’s Mark Rolfing sits down with Johnson to reflect on those moments and his mindset as he returns to Whistling Straits.
  • The Kohler Dye-Namic – Golf Channel travel insider Matt Ginella catches up with the two men whose vision for the shores of Lake Michigan became a reality – Herb Kohler and course architect Pete Dye. Ginella takes a tour of Whistling Straits with Kohler and Dye, highlighting their unique partnership.
  • Vijay Singh’s Incredible 2004 Season – In 2004, at age 41, Vijay Singh had one of the best seasons in PGA TOUR history: nine PGA TOUR victories, including the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits; first to break golf’s $10 million barrier in a single year; oldest player to win consecutive money titles;and ended Tiger Woods’ five-year reign atop the Official World Golf Rankings. Golf Channel will take a look back at Vijay Singh’s 2004 season, highlighted by his PGA Championship victory at Whistling Straits in a playoff over Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard, his third and most-recent major championship victory.

MORNING DRIVE: Setting the early programming stage each day, Morning Drive will examine the key storylines throughout the week. Morning Drive will expand on Tuesday and Wednesday to three hours to cover pre-tournament news conferences live from Whistling Straits, and will air for two hours Thursday-Sunday beginning at 6 a.m. ET, providing interviews, expert analysis and highlights. John Cook and Chris DiMarco – who lost in a playoff to Vijay Singh at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits – will join Cara Robinson, Gary Williams and Lauren Thompson in-studio. Damon Hack, Matt Ginella and Charlie Rymer will be on-site Tuesday-Sunday.

PLAYER NEWS CONFERENCES: Morning Drive and Live From the PGA Championship will feature the entire slate of player news conferences staged from Whistling Straits on Tuesday and Wednesday.

THE GOLF FIX: 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed will host a special edition of The Golf Fix instruction show on-site from the Whistling Straits driving range, airing on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. Breed will be joined by players competing in the PGA Championship to discuss preparations leading into the final men’s major of 2015. Jordan Spieth’s swing coach and 2015 PGA Teacher of the Year, Cameron McCormick, also is scheduled to join the show, along with students from the local First Tee chapter.

DIGITAL: GolfChannel.com will feature expanded editorial content during PGA Championship week with up-to-the-minute news, blogs and fan interaction, including:

  • News and features – GolfChannel.com writers will post PGA Championship-related features throughout the week, beginning on Monday. Golf Channel’s team of writers – Jay Coffin, Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner and Randall Mell will contribute daily stories and features throughout the week from Whistling Straits.
  • Live Streaming 24/7 – Viewers who are customers of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services will be able to enjoy 24/7 streaming of Golf Channel content –      including Morning Drive and Live From the PGA Championship – through GolfChannel.com and Golf Live Extra. Golf Channel’s mobile app also will feature on-demand content featured on GolfChannel.com.
  • Video – GolfChannel.com will provide “instant analysis” video updates throughout the week, hosted by Lisa Cornwell. Additional content will include clips from Morning Drive and Live From the PGA Championship telecasts on Golf Channel.

International PGA Championship Programming

Golf Channel also will produce live international PGA Championship news programming from its Orlando World Headquarters in both Japanese and Mandarin. The shows will feature live reports and custom content from Whistling Straits throughout the week. These productions will complement the international distribution of Golf Central’s Live From the PGA Championship which is distributed to markets within Golf Channel’s worldwide footprint.

INTERACTIVE / SOCIAL:Fans will be able to follow all of the latest news and updates from @GolfCentral, @GolfChannel, and @GCMorningDrive, and can join the conversation by using #PGAChamp.

Golf Channel / PGA Championship Week Programming (All Times ET)

Monday, Aug. 10

 

Morning Drive

7-9 a.m.

The Golf Fix

6-7 p.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

   

Tuesday, Aug. 11

 

Morning Drive

7-10 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

   

Wednesday, Aug. 12

 

Morning Drive

7-10 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

   

Thursday, Aug. 13

 

Morning Drive

6-8 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8-10 p.m.

   

Friday, Aug. 14

 

Morning Drive

6-8 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8-10 p.m.

   

Saturday, Aug. 15

 

Morning Drive

6-8 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8-11 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

   

Sunday, Aug. 16

 

Morning Drive

6-8 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

8-11 a.m.

Live From the PGA Championship

7-9 p.m.

 

 

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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.”