Tag Archives: Golf Channel

Jul
21
2017

Stephanie Wei chats with Golf Channel on-course announcer Jerry Foltz, who is on the ground at Royal Birkdale, about The Open, links golf, rules snafus, along with other random golf-related topics and stories.

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Dec
7
2015

tiger woods in the TV booth

Imagine this for a moment — especially after his dig at TV commentators in his recent revolutionary TIME interview — Tiger Woods finally retires from competitive golf and accepts a part-time job as an analyst in the booth with NBC or CBS, where audiences can hear him discuss strategy and shots and just his general thoughts during a tournament around 10 times a year.

OK, I know, I know — the chances of that happening are slim. I tweeted about how much I enjoyed listening to Woods talk shop and commentate on his peers in Golf Channel’s booth alongside Roger Maltbie and Terry Gannon on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge, where he plays host as the event benefits his foundation. Someone quickly replied that he couldn’t see Woods making a job as a TV commentator. That’s fair. Then again, I’m certain many would have said the same about Faldo a decade ago. Remember: Sir Nick was dubbed “Nick the Prick,” among other not-so-kind names during his playing days. 

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Nov
12
2015

Two of the most respected caddies in the business Jim “Bones” Mackay and John Wood will put aside their regular jobs for two days at Sea Island Golf Club. Mackay, who is the longtime caddie for Phil Mickelson, and Wood, who just switched bags to Matt Kuchar after looping for Hunter Mahan for nine years, will serve as on-course reporters during Golf Channel’s telecast of the second and third rounds of next week’s RSM Classic.

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Jun
11
2015

As hopefully most of you know — because you read it, yesterday — I wrote a review of my friend Shane Ryan’s new book, Slaying the Tiger: A year inside the ropes on the new PGA Tour. Well, Shane’s book is creating quite a bit of buzz in the golf media. Some have taken issue with it for various reasons, but more have raved about it for being an honest depiction of the younger generation on the PGA Tour.

Shane joined Gary Williams on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive to chat about the book. Here’s the first clip:


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Feb
20
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Jack Nicklaus has been in the same scary, dark place that Tiger Woods appears to be dealing with at the moment — the chipping yips. Nicklaus, who was a guest on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Friday, said he endured similar short-game struggles in 1979, and he was actually putting it around bunkers because he couldn’t chip it.

Now, with Tiger’s leave of absence almost certainly extending into late March at the very least, everyone is wondering how (and even if) Woods’ ailing game will return to competitive form. Nicklaus believes Woods’ issues are mental, rather than physical or technical, per se.

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Oct
28
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

Ted Bishop joined Golf Channel’s Gary Williams on Morning Drive on Tuesday in his first television interview since making his insensitive gender-based remarks last week on two of his social media outlets, and thus, resulting in his swift removal as president of the PGA of America.

In his Twitter and Facebook posts, Bishop was attempting to defend Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Nick Faldo in response to excerpts from Ian Poulter’s new book, “No Limits,” where the outspoken Englishmen (God forbid!) criticized two of the legends in the game. The former PGA president listed Watson and Faldo’s major wins, along with their Ryder Cup records, and then he called Poulter a “Lil Girl” on Twitter and expanded on those thoughts on Facebook, writing, “Sounds like a little girl squealing during recess.”

In the interview with Golf Channel, Bishop explained the background behind his postings and expressed regret over the ensuing consequences. 

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Aug
8
2014

Last night, we were treated to a refreshing back-and-forth between John Feinstein and Jaime Diaz on the Golf Channel’s Live from the PGA Championship. Tonight, we saw an old-fashioned debate between Brandel Chamblee and Frank Nobilo regarding the amount of stress Tiger’s swing places on his back.

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Oct
11
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Announcements
Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup + PGA + NBC Sports

The PGA of America and NBC Sports revealed a massive deal on Thursday, with the most newsworthy component being the extension of Golf Channel/NBC receiving the TV rights of the Ryder Cup through 2030.

Naturally, PGA of America President Ted Bishop pointed out that they wanted to respect the PGA Tour and its big event, the Presidents Cup, so they waited until the following week to make their announcement (unlike the USGA during the PGA Championship in August when they unveiled the Fox deal). 

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Aug
10
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

Golf Channel’s Steve Sands was giving a live update from the driving range at Oak Hill on Saturday morning when Brandt Snedeker decided to use Sands for target practice.

This is so awesome that it might even rival Jason Dufner’s record-tying 63 as the greatest thing we’ve seen this week at the PGA Championship. OK, maybe that’s taking it a little too far (and I’m sleep-deprived and delirious), but it wins best-in-show in the non-golf category.

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Feb
16
2013
Teen phenom and "Final-Round Queen" duel in Oz

Can Ko go low on Sunday?

Fresh off her victory at last week’s Ladies’ European Tour event in New Zealand, 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko is gunning for back-to-back wins on the pro circuit. Ko, who captured the LPGA’s Canadian Women’s Open in 2012, and Jiyai Shin share the third-round lead, six shots clear of the rest of the field.

And we will actually get to watch. Get this: Golf Channel adjusted its programming schedule to air the final round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open LIVE tonight beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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