Hall earns Golf Channel instruction show
Beginning Jan. 25, he’ll preside over the network’s newest instructional series, “School of Golf,” a weekly 30-minute show.
Hall, the director of instruction at Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., emerged as the winner when Golf Channel went searching for its next instructional host as part of last month’s “12 Nights at the Academy.” He was among three finalists in the search who hosted shows in the series.
In “School of Golf,” Hall will relay insight from his 30 years of teaching experience.
“I didn’t choose the title of the show, but I absolutely love it,” Hall said. “I love it because I see myself as a true teacher.”
By that, Hall means he sees himself as a student of the game who has honed a skill for passing along his knowledge.
“I’ve been influenced by so many sources, Hall of Fame players and teachers,” Hall said. “I’m really looking forward to sharing things I’ve learned from players like Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson and teachers like Bob Toski, Jim Flick and Chuck Cook. I’ve got some interesting stories from some interesting sources, and I’m glad to pass them on.”
Like any good student, Hall also has a large library.
“I’ve got hundreds and hundreds of books and videotapes about the game,” Hall said. “I’ve also got books about the great coaches in sport, about Vince Lombardi and John Wooden. The great coaches fascinate me.”
Hall, the PGA of America’s Teacher of the Year in 2008, is ranked No. 10 in Golf Digest’s annual rankings of the game’s top 50 teachers. He’s made that list every year since the magazine began producing it 10 years ago. He was Morgan Pressel’s first teacher, helping the junior phenom qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open when she was 12, win the U.S. Amateur when she was 17 and become the youngest winner of an LPGA major championship when she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship at 18.
Growing up in Stoke-on-Trent in the heart of England, Hall played the European Tour from 1976-78, where he learned some of the lessons he’ll pass on to viewers the hard way.
“I played the tour with an alarming lack of success,” Hall cracks. “I became a teacher in ’78 after missing a horribly smelly 3-foot putt I needed to keep my tour card.”
Viewers can expect a dose of Hall’s British humor in his teaching. It’s been part of his appeal in his 13 years at Ibis.
“I grew up in the middle of England, where humor’s an important part of life,” Hall said. “It’s the same part of the country that Lee Westwood and (Westwood’s manager) Chubby Chandler grew up in. We take the game seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”
After giving up tour golf, Hall took his first job as a teaching professional at England’s Wentworth Club under Bernard Gallacher, who played on eight European Ryder Cup teams and captained three others. Five years into teaching, Hall stumbled upon a classified ad in Golf Digest promoting a Golf Digest School at Turnberry. Toski, Flick, Cook and Peter Kostis were featured teachers. Hall visited the school and struck up friendships with the staff, which would lead Hall to the United States when he was 25.
“Seeing them was a real life changer,” said Hall, who is married to the former Lisa Ann Hackney, a four-time Ladies European Tour winner and the LPGA’s Rookie of the Year in 1997. “They knew so much about how to teach, and I saved every penny I had to travel to the United States to learn from them.”
Hall flew to the Golf Digest School at Boca West in South Florida, where he would land a job at St. Andrews in Boca Raton. He’ll tell you he’s still learning as he continues to seek out the best players and teachers.
“What I hope to do in this show is honor the people who’ve helped me so much,” Hall said.
Hall will honor them with plain talk, humor and his array of teaching props.
2018 NCAA Golf Championships TV Schedule
Golf Channel will shine a spotlight on college golf across the next two weeks at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf National Championships. With more than 60 hours of live tournament and news coverage on-site from Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater Oklahoma (Monday-Wednesday May 21-23 and May 28-30), Golf Channel’s coverage connects 18 straight days of live tournament golf.
Watch live coverage of the NCAA Golf Championships beginning Monday, May 21 at 4pm ET on Golf Channel and streaming.
Golf Channel NCAA Women’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)
Monday, May 21: Individual National Championship 4-8 p.m. (Live)
Tuesday, May 22:Quarterfinals, Team Match Play 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Tuesday, May 22: Semifinals, Team Match Play 4-8 p.m. (Live)
Wednesday, May 23:Team Match Play National Championship 4-8 p.m. (Live)
Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)
Monday, May 28: Individual National Championship 4-8 p.m. (Live)
Tuesday, May 29: Quarterfinals, Team Match Play 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Tuesday, May 29: Semifinals, Team Match Play 4-8 p.m. (Live)
Wednesday, May 30: Team Match Play National Championship 4-8 p.m. (Live)
AT&T Byron Nelson purse payout: Wise a millionaire
PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise earned his first Tour title on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out at Trinity Forest:
|T9||Charles Howell III||-15||$207,900|
Howell, Uihlein qualify for U.S. Open via OWGR
Charles Howell III and Peter Uihlein both used strong play at the AT&T Byron Nelson to maintain their positions inside the top 60 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking, thereby ensuring exemptions to next month's U.S. Open.
Howell moved up three spots to No. 56 in the world thanks to a T-9 finish at Trinity Forest. He'll make his 10th career U.S. Open appearance, but just his second since 2009. Howell missed the cut at Olympic in 2012.
Uihlein finished T-21 in Dallas, which was barely enough to hold onto a top-60 spot as he actually fell two positions to No. 59. The former U.S. Amateur champ will make his third U.S. Open appearance and second in as many years.
The drama for the final spot came down to the wire on Sunday, where Adam Scott's bid to unseat Chesson Hadley at No. 60 came up just short. Needing a solo ninth-place finish, Scott ended up in a three-way tie for ninth to begin the new week at No. 61. Hadley, who didn't play the Nelson, remained No. 60 and will make his U.S. Open debut.
Others to punch tickets to Shinnecock Hills include No. 52 Luke List, No. 53 Chez Reavie and No. 57 Dylan Frittelli. A second and final top-60 cutoff will be done based off the June 11 world rankings following the FedEx St. Jude Classic, with U.S. Open sectional qualifying conducted in England and the U.S. on June 4.
The only change among the top 10 in the rankings this week came at No. 10, where Paul Casey moved past Tommy Fleetwood despite an off week for both players. Justin Thomas remains world No. 1 for a second week, followed by Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose. Rickie Fowler remains No. 6, with Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Casey rounding out the top 10.
Taking the week off following a T-11 finish at The Players Championship, Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 82.
After Further Review: Nelson lost in the shuffle?
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the Nelson's future ...
If the goal was “different” by bringing the AT&T Byron Nelson to Trinity Forest, consider it achieved. But bringing a world-class field south of Dallas could still be tricky.
Yes, the tournament can always rely on local resident and AT&T spokesman Jordan Spieth to throw his hat in the ring. But even with Spieth strolling the fairways this week, the field strength was among the worst all season for a full-point event.
The debut of the sprawling, links-like layout likely did little to sway the undecideds, with only the third round offering the challenging conditions that course co-designer Ben Crenshaw had envisioned. And the schedule won’t do them any favors next year, as a revamped itinerary likely puts the Nelson right before the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.
The course will inevitably get better with age, and Spieth expects positive word of mouth to spread. But it might be a while before the stars truly align for an event that, for the moment, feels lost in the shuffle of a hectic schedule. – Will Gray
On Jordan Spieth's putting ...
Jordan Spieth’s putting is plainly bad right now, but it isn’t going to stay this bad forever.
He is the second ranked player on Tour in strokes gained: tee-to-green, just like he was last year. This putting slump has lingered, but it’s unfathomable to think this guy just forgot how to putt.
Sooner rather than later he’s going to remember he’s Jordan Spieth and the 40-footers are going to start pouring in. He’ll be telling Greller to go get the ball because he’s too far away and the tee is in the other direction.
Bottom line, the ball striking is for real and the putting slump will pass. He’ll win soon – maybe even as soon as this week. – Nick Menta
On golf and gambling ...
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court over tuned a federal ban on sports betting in most states, a move the PGA Tour and many professional sports leagues embraced as a tool to both build fan interest and grow revenue.
Experts estimate sports betting could become a $150-$200 billion annual industry, and even a small piece of that could be significant for golf, but there will be risks.
Unlike any other sport, golf is played on multiple fields simultaneously, which inherently creates risks when gambling is introduced to the equation. Although the Tour has gone to great pains to head off any potential problems, like all bets gambling comes with great rewards, and great risks. – Rex Hoggard