Curry, Romo and Timberlake Headline All-Star Field at the 2017 American Century Championship; July 14-16 on NBC, NBCSN

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 11, 2017, 5:20 pm

SB Nation Partners with NBC Sports to Provide Comprehensive Digital Coverage of Premier Celebrity Golf Tournament

Field of 89 Players - Pro Football, MLB, NHL and Basketball Hall of Famers Join Entertainment Personalities Competing for a $600,000 Purse

NBC Sports Group will provide unprecedented comprehensive on air and digital coverage this week of the nation’s premier celebrity golf tournament, the American Century Championship from Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe. A field of 89 participants from the world of sports and entertainment will compete in the three-day tournament, vying for a $600,000 purse. NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air the opening round on Friday, July 14 from 6-8 p.m. ET, with weekend coverage on NBC from 3-6 p.m. ET both days.

STEPHEN CURRY, TONY ROMO AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE HEADLINE STAR-STUDDED CELEBRITY FIELD: Reigning NBA champion / two-time Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, four-time NFL Pro-Bowler Tony Romo and Grammy Award-winning musician Justin Timberlake headline the field at the American Century Championship. Curry, who also will compete in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae July 31-August 6 on a sponsor exemption, will be making his fifth appearance. Romo, who has finished second three times at this event (2009-11), will be making his fourth appearance, while Timberlake will be making his third.

Joining them in the 89-player field are Green Bay Packers quarterback / six-time NFL Pro-Bowler Aaron Rodgers, Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Steve Young, Jerry Rice and John Elway; MLB Hall-of-Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Ozzie Smith; Basketball Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley and actors/comedians Larry the Cable Guy, Kevin Nealon and Ray Romano. Two-time defending champion and former MLB All-Star pitcher Mark Mulder will look to become the first player to win this event three consecutive years.

SPIRANAC, O’NEAL, TAPPEN AND CORNWELL IN FIELD: The field also will feature four women: Paige Spiranac, who is making her tournament debut; Golf Channel personalities Lisa Cornwell and Blair O’Neal; along with NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen.

SEVEN FIRST TIME PARTICIPANTS: Joining Spiranac as first time participants in the American Century Championship include Derek Fisher, Jared Goff, Doug Pederson, Carey Price, Adam Thielen and Charles Woodson.

NBC BROADCAST TEAM: Host Steve Sands and analyst Peter Jacobsen will anchor coverage from the 18th tower at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. They will be joined by Jimmy Roberts in an outer tower position, along with Notah Begay and Charlie Rymer reporting from inside the ropes. Michele Tafoya will conduct interviews with celebrities and athletes from the picturesque par-3 17th hole at Edgewood Tahoe.

American Century Championship Live Tournament Airtimes

Friday, July 14

NBCSN

6-8 p.m. ET / 3-5 p.m. PT

Friday, July 14

NBCSN

Midnight-2 a.m. ET / 9-11 p.m. PT (Replay)

Saturday, July 15

NBC

3-6 p.m. ET / Noon-3 p.m. PT (Live)

Sunday, July 16           

NBC 

3-6 p.m. ET / Noon-3 p.m. PT (Live)

 

EXPANDED DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: SB Nation, in conjunction with Golf Channel and NBC Sports, will provide comprehensive digital coverage of the American Century Championship, featuring exclusive video content, editorial coverage and video highlights throughout the week at www.SBNation.com. SB Nation also will produce two digital-only shows featuring interactions with celebrities that will air on SBNation.com on Friday and Saturday.

Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will contribute to Golf Channel’s social media platforms with exclusive behind-the-scenes content from Edgewood Tahoe throughout tournament week. NBCSN and NBC also will integrate social media during its telecasts Friday-Sunday, incorporating social media posts from celebrities, athletes and fans using the hashtag #ACCGolf.

NBC Sports’ coverage of the American Century Championship will be streamed via GolfChannel.com and NBCSports.com as well as on the Golf Channel app and the NBC Sports app. The official tournament website – www.AmericanCenturyChampionship.com – will be a one-stop shop for videos, photos and live scoring. Fans can keep up with the American Century Championship through NBC Sports Group’s social media platforms throughout tournament week, including exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, interviews, video clips, up-to-date news reports and highlights at @NBCSports, @GolfChannel and @ACChampionship.

GOLF CHANNEL MORNING DRIVE AND GOLF CENTRAL NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel’s signature news shows Morning Drive and Golf Central will report on-site from the American Century Championship. Morning Drive co-host Charlie Rymer – working as a course reporter this week for NBC and NBCSN’s tournament coverage – will conduct interviews with celebrities in the field for segments for both SB Nation and Morning Drive. George Savaricas also will report for Morning Drive and Golf Central throughout the week.

NBC SPORTS RADIO: NBC Sports Radio will broadcast seven shows commencing from the driving range at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Thursday-Sunday:

Under Center with Mark Malone                   

Thursday and Friday

7-10 p.m. ET  

Going Deep with Amani & Dan                      

Thursday and Friday

10 p.m.-1 a.m. ET

The Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison      

Saturday

7-9 a.m. ET

Jim Daniels Show                                  

Saturday and Sunday

Noon-3 p.m. ET

 

CNBC: Dominic Chu, CNBC’s markets reporter, will report and contribute to CNBC’s news shows with live interviews on Thursday from the American Century Championship.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: Tournament scoring is based on a modified Stableford format with 10 points for a double eagle, 8 for a hole-in-one, 6 for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey, and minus 2 for double-bogey or higher. The celebrities will play 54-holes over the 6,846-yard lakeside course at Edgewood.

 

 

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Woods on firing shot into crowd: 'I kept moving them back'

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:14 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It added up to another even-par round, but Tiger Woods had an eventful Friday at The Open.

His adventure started on the second hole, when he wiped a drive into the right rough. Standing awkwardly on the side of a mound, he prepared for a quick hook but instead fired one into the crowd that was hovering near the rope line.

“I kept moving them back,” he said. “I moved them back about 40 yards. I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left, and I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could. It grabbed the shaft and smothered it.

“I was very, very fortunate that I got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green.”

Woods bogeyed the hole, one of four on the day, and carded four birdies in his round of 71 at Carnoustie. When he walked off the course, he was in a tie for 30th, six shots off the clubhouse lead.

It’s the first time in five years – since the 2013 Open – that Woods has opened a major with consecutive rounds of par or better. He went on to tie for sixth that year at Muirfield.

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By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 2:30 pm

Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.


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Scott and Sunesson a one-week partnership

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 2:13 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Adam Scott has been in between caddies for the last month and went with a bold stand-in for this week’s Open Championship, coaxing veteran looper Fanny Sunesson out of retirement to work for him at Carnoustie.

Sunesson caddied for Nick Faldo in his prime, as the duo won four major titles together. She also worked for Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia before a back injury forced her to retire.

But for this week’s championship, Scott convinced the Swede to return to the caddie corps. The results have been impressive, with the Australian following an opening 71 with a second-round 70 for a tie for 16th place.


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“It's been going great. Fanny is, obviously, a fantastic caddie, and to be able to have that experience out there with me is certainly comforting,” Scott said. “We've gotten along really well. She's picked up on my game quickly, and I think we think about things in a very similar way.”

Scott was also asked about a potential long-term partnership between the duo, but he didn’t sound hopeful.

“It's just for this week,” he said. “It would be up to her, but I don't think she's making plans of a comeback. I was being a bit opportunistic in contacting her and coaxing her out of retirement, I guess. But I think she's having a good week. We'll just take it one week at the moment.”

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After tense Augusta Sunday, Rory ready to be aggressive

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 1:51 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy temporarily lost his superpowers during the Masters.  

In one of the most surprising rounds of the year, he played tentatively and carefully during the final day. Squaring off against the major-less Patrick Reed, on the brink of history, with the backing of nearly the entire crowd, it was McIlroy who shrank in the moment, who looked like the one searching for validation. He shot a joyless 74 and wound up six shots behind Reed.

No, the final round was nowhere near as dispiriting as the finale in 2011, but McIlroy still sulked the following week. He binge-watched TV shows. Devoured a few books. Guzzled a couple of bottles of wine. His pity party lasted a few days, until his wife, Erica, finally dragged him out of the house for a walk.

Some deeper introspection was required, and McIlroy revealed a healthier self-analysis Friday at Carnoustie. He diagnosed what went wrong at Augusta, and then again two months later at the U.S. Open, where he blew himself out of the tournament with an opening 80.

“I was worrying too much about the result, not focusing on the process,” he said. “Sunday at Augusta was a big learning curve for me because, even if I hadn’t won that tournament, but I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to every shot, I would have walked away a lot happier.”


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And so McIlroy has a new mantra this week at The Open.

Let it go.

Don’t hold back. Don’t worry about the repercussions. Don’t play scared.

“I’m committed to making sure, even if I don’t play my best golf and don’t shoot the scores I want, I’m going to go down swinging, and I’m going to go down giving my best,” he said. “The result is the byproduct of all the little things you do to lead up to that. Sometimes I’ve forgotten that, and I just need to get back in that mindset.”

It’s worked through two rounds, even after the cool, damp conditions led McIlroy to abandon his ultra-aggressive strategy. He offset a few mistakes with four birdies, shooting a second consecutive 69 to sit just a couple of shots off the lead.

During a sun-splashed first round, McIlroy gleefully banged driver on almost every hole, flying or skirting the bunkers that dot these baked-out, undulating fairways. He wasn’t particularly accurate, but he also didn’t need to be, as the thin, wispy rough enabled every player to at least advance their approach shots near the green.

Friday’s weather presented a different challenge. A steady morning rain took some of the fire out of parched fairways, but the cooler temperatures also reduced much of the bombers’ hang time. Suddenly, all of the bunkers were in play, and McIlroy needed to adjust his driver-heavy approach (he hit only six) on the fly.

“It just wasn’t worth it,” he said.

McIlroy hit a few “skanky” shots, in his words, but even his bigger misses – on the sixth and 17th holes – were on the proper side, allowing him to scramble for par and keep the round going.

It’s the fifth time in his career that he’s opened a major with back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He’s gone on to win three of the previous four – the lone exception that disastrous final round (80) at Augusta in 2011.

“I don’t want to say easy,” he said, “but it’s felt comfortable.”

The weekend gets uncomfortable for everyone, apparently even four-time major winners who, when in form, ooze confidence and swagger.

Once again McIlroy has that look at a major.

The only thing left to do?

Let it go.