Stellar Field at THE PLAYERS Showcases Marquee Coverage on Golf Channel & NBC

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 28, 2015, 5:50 pm

More than 90 Hours of Live Television Devoted to the Pride of the

PGA TOUR Schedule, Featuring the Year’s Top Field of Players

 

22 Hours of Live Tournament Coverage, Highlighted by One of

Golf Channel’s and NBC’s Most Technologically Advanced Productions

 

The dramatic setting of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass and its famous 17th hole will provide the backdrop for THE PLAYERS Championship, headlining more than 90 hours of combined live programming on Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC, May 4-10.

Boasting the strongest field of the year competing on one of the world’s most iconic golf courses, THE PLAYERS Championship is the most-anticipated tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule. A combined 22 hours of live golf coverage will air on both Golf Channel and NBC, which will be blanketed by nearly 70 live hours of the most comprehensive golf news, analysis and feature programming on television, with Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS and Morning Drive.

BROADCAST TEAM: Golf Channel on NBC’s live tournament coverage of THE PLAYERS Championship will be anchored by Dan Hicks and Hall-of-Famer Johnny Miller. Terry Gannon and Sir Nick Faldo will host the majority of early round coverage on Golf Channel, with Hicks and Miller contributing.  The remainder of the broadcast team for all four rounds will include Gary Koch (17th hole) and Peter Jacobsen (15th hole) in tower positions; Notah Begay, Billy Ray Brown, Roger Maltbie and Mark Rolfing walking with the players; Steve Sands conducting interviews; and Jimmy Roberts providing features and essays. Kelly Tilghman will serve as tournament telecast host for Golf Channel’s early round coverage, while Josh Elliott will again host NBC’s weekend coverage.

Rich Lerner, Tilghman and Ryan Burr will anchor Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS coverage from TPC Sawgrass and will be joined by analysts Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, 1999 PLAYERS Champion David Duval and a host of others, including award-winning journalists Tim Rosaforte and John Feinstein. Lisa Cornwell and George Savaricas will host from Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando, and will be joined by analysts Jim Gallagher Jr. and Tripp Isenhour.

SPECIAL PRODUCTION ELEMENTS: Every conceivable angle of the famous par-3, 17th hole and its island green will be covered by Golf Channel on NBC’s production team. A total of nine high-definition cameras, including a microscopic lens embedded in the lip of the small bunker fronting the green, will be in place. Returning is the popular “Actioncam,” a cable-suspended camera system that will fly over the lake between the 16th and 17th greens. A camera also will be situated behind the 14th tee that will provide a seldom seen, reverse ball-flight for one of the more difficult tee shots on the course.

Some of the manned camera positions also are noteworthy, including a position lifted by a crane 150 feet into the air above the tree line that will show unique shots of the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes. Another camera operator is ferried to a small island near the 17th green where he is marooned for approximately eight hours during a broadcast, capturing player reactions from this unique angle.

FEATURES:  Throughout the week within Live From THE PLAYERS, Golf Channel will offer in-depth features built around the best stories in golf, both compelling and entertaining:

  • The 18th – arguably the most challenging finishing hole in golf, the 18th hole at TPC Sawgrass has seen remarkable moments of victory and defeat. Interviewed are course architects Pete and Alice Dye, and some of the more famous moments at 18 are recalled, including Hal Sutton’s “Be the right club today” moment, Adam Scott’s splashdown and the amazing three-hole finish of Golf Channel analyst Craig Perks in 2002.
  • Furyk – heading to THE PLAYERS Championship – always a home game for Jim Furyk – take a look at this enigmatic player’s career and the resiliency he has shown over the last five years enduring seven runner-up finishes without a win until his recent victory at the RBC Heritage.
  • Players and Caddies – it’s a relationship comparable to marriage, so how do players and caddies handle the balance of professional and personal required to be successful on tour?  Rich Lerner reports.
  • Jason Day – he’s a regular on major championship leaderboards and is frequently mentioned as part of the youth movement on the PGA TOUR. Discover the Jason Day story and how his caddie has played a major role in his life and success.

MORNING DRIVE:  With a new set location at TPC Sawgrass, Morning Drive will have a live presence on site all week with analysis, guests and features exclusive to the show. Beginning each day with the latest news from THE PLAYERS Championship will be Gary Williams, Cara Robinson, Charlie Rymer, Chris DiMarco, Paige MacKenzie and Matt Ginella.

THE GOLF FIX: Host Michael Breed will take over TPC Sawgrass’ practice putting green for the first-ever live putting episode of The Golf Fix on Monday, May 4 at 6 p.m. ET. Breed will look back at the most famous putts in the history of THE PLAYERS, and will teach viewers the tricks to reading greens, things to consider when lag putting and how to determine if you are a “spot” or “line” putter. Junior golfers from The First Tee of North Florida also will participate in the show to help demonstrate Breed’s instruction tips on putting.

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

  • News & Features GolfChannel.com writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell, Joe Posnanski and Will Gray will be reporting from TPC Sawgrass and posting features throughout the week.
  • Exclusive Video Content GolfChannel.com will provide video updates daily throughout the week from the network’s digital studio in Orlando, as well as segments from Golf Central’s Live      From THE PLAYERS and Morning Drive news coverage.

STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA/NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA:  All the news and tournament action surrounding THE PLAYERS Championship can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online through the help of Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra. Fans also can stream Golf Channel on NBC coverage of live golf with NBC Sports Live Extra.

Golf Channel/NBC live programming from THE PLAYERS Championship, May 4-10 (all times Eastern):

Monday, May 4

Morning Drive                                                                7-11 a.m.

The Golf Fix                                                                   6-7 p.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           7-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5

Morning Drive                                                               7-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-5 pm.

                                                                                     6-9 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6

Morning Drive                                                                7-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-5 p.m.

                                                                                     7-9 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

Morning Drive                                                               6-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-1 p.m.

THE PLAYERS Championship                                          1-7 p.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           7-9 p.m.

Friday, May 8

Morning Drive                                                               6-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-1 p.m.

THE PLAYERS Championship                                          1-7 p.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           7-9 p.m.

Saturday, May 10

Morning Drive                                                                6-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-2 p.m.

THE PLAYERS Championship                                          2-7 p.m. (NBC)

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           7-9 p.m.

Sunday, May 11

Morning Drive                                                               6-9 a.m.

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           9 a.m.-2 p.m.

THE PLAYERS Championship                                          2-7 p.m. (NBC)

Golf Central’s Live From THE PLAYERS                           7-9 p.m.

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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.



Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.