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Rickie Fowler, Jack Nicklaus & Bob Bryan kick off eighth season of Feherty, Monday at 9 p.m. ET

By Golf Channel Public RelationsFebruary 28, 2018, 5:25 pm

 Emmy-Nominated Golf Channel Series Debuting New Multi-Guest Episode Format in 2018

Upcoming Episodes: Tom Lehman/Justin Leonard (March 12); Ray Allen/Jon Lester/Mark Calcavecchia (March 19); Billy Horschel/Kevin Kisner/Pat Perez (March 26)

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Golf Channel’s Emmy-nominated series, Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®,kicks off its eighth season with golf’s most decorated major champion Jack Nicklaus, current seventh-ranked player in the world and fan favorite Rickie Fowler, along with tennis doubles champion Bob Bryan, premiering Monday at 9 p.m. ET. The series, which celebrated the 100 episode milestone in 2017, will transition from a primarily one-on-one interview format to regularly featuring multiple guests in a roundtable setting, beginning with the premiere.

The episode, which was filmed at The Bear’s Club in South Florida, will touch on a number of conversation topics, including:

  • Contrasting mentalities on how best to prepare for major championships (or grand slams)
  • The impact of advanced technology in sports, and how it affects competition at the highest level
  • Reflections on choosing which college to attend, and how their experiences helped prepare them to compete as a professional
  • The personal significance of competing as an Olympian (Fowler in 2016, Bryan – gold medal in 2012 and bronze in 2008)
  • The most pivotal victory in their respective careers
  • The series also will debut a new True or False? segment in 2018, with Feherty offering hypothetical questions with respect to fellow guests appearing on that given episode

To preview the premiere, Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will conduct a Facebook Live presented by Farmers Insurance® on Monday at 3 p.m. ET, where she’ll be joined by Feherty show producers Keith Allo and James Ponti. Fans wishing to follow along can access via Golf Channel’s Facebook page: https://Facebook.com/GolfChannel/.

Upcoming episodes of Feherty (premiering Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET)include: 1996 and 1997 Champion Golfers of the Year, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard (Monday, March 12); Two-time NBA champion Ray Allen, three-time World Series champion Jon Lester, and 1989 Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia (Monday, March 19); and a trio of PGA TOUR winners Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner, and Pat Perez (Monday, March 26).

Feherty recently returned from PyeongChang, South Korea, where he worked as a correspondent for NBC’s Olympics coverage, reprising the same role he held at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He’ll also play a pivotal role in NBC Sports’ exclusive coverage of the PGA TOUR over the next five weeks as both a tower analyst and on-course reporter. A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host), Feherty’s series is coming off record viewership on Golf Channel in 2017, as the most-watched season of Feherty to date for premiere episodes on both a Live+Same Day and Live+3 Days basis according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

Described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal, Feherty’s all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie.

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Watch: Moore does impressions of Tiger, Poults, Bubba

By Grill Room TeamJuly 16, 2018, 10:36 pm
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”