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Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourJordan SpiethLPGA TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIlory
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Frys.com Open
Dates: Oct. 15-18
Venue: Silverado Resort & Spa (North Course), Napa, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
2015-16 season kicks off: This week marks the first of 47 official events during the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season, with seven of those events being played in 2015.
Napa, Calif., resident Johnny Miller to contribute to Golf Channel’s event coverage: Napa resident and Golf Channel on NBC analyst Johnny Miller will make multiple appearances during Golf Channel’s telecasts of the Frys.com Open this week. Miller was instrumental in finding a new home for the event after previously being contested at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

Frys.com Pro-Am airing Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET: On Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will air the Frys.com Pro-Am, as players make their final preparations ahead of Thursday’s opening round. U.S. Presidents Cup participant Chris Kirk will be mic’d up during the Pro-Am and provide viewers with insight during his round. NBA star (Golden State Warriors) Stephen Curry has committed to compete in the Pro-Am.

Jordan Spieth: Player of the Year airing Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET: Immediately following the Frys.com Pro-Am show, Golf Channel will present a 30-minute special looking back on the memorable 2014-15 season of World No. 1, Jordan Spieth. The show will feature an exclusive interview with Spieth, conducted by Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner and Gary Williams. A roundtable discussion with Lerner, Williams, Damon Hack and Tim Rosaforte also will examine Spieth’s memorable season in the context of golf history.
PGA TOUR Season in Review airing on NBC, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET: Viewers will have an opportunity to recount the memorable 2014-2015 PGA TOUR season, with PGA TOUR 2015: Season in Review presented by Astellas airing Sunday, Oct. 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The special will examine the moments, biggest events and breakout stars from the past season on TOUR.

Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose, Chris Kirk, Daniel Berger, Charl Schwartzel, Brandt Snedeker, Ollie Schniederjans and Webb Simpson.

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San Antonio Championship
Dates: Oct. 16-18
Venue: TPC San Antonio (AT&T Canyons Course), San Antonio, Texas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-2 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Charles Schwab Cup race continues with two events remaining prior to season-culminating event: With only two events remaining prior to the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the race continues for the $1 million bonus prize. Colin Montgomerie regained the top place in the current standings with a T-5 finish at the SAS Championship. Jeff Maggert (39 points behind), Bernhard Langer (336 points behind) each have an opportunity to supplant Montgomerie with strong showings in the final stretch of the season. Montgomerie’s slim lead over Maggert is the second-closest race for the Charles Schwab Cup this late in the season since the Schwab Cup began in 2001 (Fred Funk led Jay Haas by 28 points with three events remaining in 2008).
Allen defends: Michael Allen defeated Marco Dawson by two strokes for his seventh career Champions Tour win.
Headlining the field: Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Maggert, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Marco Dawson, Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, Kirk Triplett and Lee Janzen.

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LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship
Dates: Oct. 14-18
Venue: Sky 72 Golf Club (Ocean Course) – Incheon, South Korea

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)
Friday 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Format: The field features 77 players competing in a 72-hole tournament with no cut. The event also is being contested only 20 minutes from the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea where the Presidents Cup was contested last week.
Baek defends: Q Baek defeated Brittany Lincicome and In Gee Chun with a birdie on the first playoff hole to earn her first career LPGA Tour win.
Headlining the field: Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson, Hyo-Joo Kim, Shanshan Feng, In Gee Chun, Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer, Charley Hull and Michelle Wie.

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Portugal Masters
Dates: Oct. 15-18
Venue: Oceanico Victoria Golf Club, Vilamoura, Portugal

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6:30-8:30 a.m. / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Friday 6:30-8:30 a.m. / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Levy defends: Alexander Levy finished three shots ahead of Nicolas Colsaerts for his second career European Tour win.
Headlining the field: Martin Kaymer, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Bernd Wiesberger, Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Pieters, Pablo Larrazabal and Paul Dunne.

COMING UP…

2015 World Long Drive Championship
Dates: Oct. 20-21
Venue: WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Okla.

Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Tuesday, Oct. 20 9-11 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Wednesday, Oct. 21 9-11 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Format: Golf Channel will showcase back-to-back nights of primetime coverage of the 2015 World Long Drive Championship, featuring the round of 16 being narrowed down to eight competitors (Tuesday, Oct. 20), and the remaining eight dueling for the first place prize and $250,000 purse (Wednesday, Oct. 21). Golf Channel’s expanded coverage of the Championship also will include news and results of the qualifying rounds, Oct. 14-19, leading up to live coverage on Oct. 20-21. New to 2015, competitors will have 2 minutes, 45 seconds to hit their drives in each round, and the player who is trailing in the match will have an opportunity to hit one final ball past their opponent’s to try and advance to the next round in the bracket.


Spieth Tops Latest Golf World Rankings – Woods Drops to 286th

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 17th, 2015
Categories: European TourFedEx CupPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods
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Ranking
8-17-15
Name Events Played
1 Jordan Spieth 56
2 Rory McIlroy 46
3 Jason Day 39
4 Bubba Watson 45
5 Justin Rose 52
6 Jim Furyk 42
7 Dustin Johnson 40
8 Rickie Fowler 53
9 Henrik Stenson 52
10 Sergio Garcia 49
11 Zach Johnson 52
12 Adam Scott 42
13 Louis Oosthuizen 46
14 Jimmy Walker 53
15 Matt Kuchar 54
16 Hideki Matsuyama 53
17 Brooks Koepka 56
18 Patrick Reed 57
19 J.B. Holmes 46
20 Branden Grace 57
21 Martin Kaymer 55
22 Shane Lowry 52
23 Billy Horschel 57
24 Phil Mickelson 44
25 Chris Kirk 51
26 Danny Willett 56
27 Paul Casey 52
28 Brandt Snedeker 52
29 Bernd Wiesberger 59
30 Bill Haas 53
31 Marc Leishman 51
32 Kevin Na 53
33 Robert Streb 51
34 Ian Poulter 48
35 Lee Westwood 54
36 Kevin Kisner 57
37 Ryan Palmer 48
38 Anirban Lahiri 54
39 Gary Woodland 51
40 David Lingmerth 57
41 Thongchai Jaidee 62
42 Jamie Donaldson 55
43 Ryan Moore 48
44 Russell Henley 53
45 Charl Schwartzel 60
46 Charley Hoffman 53
47 Keegan Bradley 54
48 Victor Dubuisson 50
49 Francesco Molinari 60
50 Marc Warren 58
51 Webb Simpson 49
52 Hunter Mahan 53
53 Brendon Todd 57
54 Danny Lee 65
55 Byeong Hun An 54
56 Tommy Fleetwood 61
57 Steven Bowditch 65
58 Joost Luiten 54
59 John Senden 55
60 Andy Sullivan 57
61 Miguel A Jimenez 50
62 George Coetzee 56
63 Graeme McDowell 51
64 Ben Martin 55
65 Luke Donald 52
66 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 59
67 Alexander Levy 59
68 Matt Every 52
69 Scott Piercy 41
70 Matt Jones 53
71 Cameron Tringale 59
72 Soren Kjeldsen 57
73 Stephen Gallacher 57
74 Alexander Noren 19
75 Justin Thomas 54
76 Richie Ramsay 47
77 Brian Harman 59
78 Brendan Steele 52
79 Russell Knox 57
80 Pablo Larrazabal 54
81 Chris Wood 47
82 James Morrison 57
83 Harris English 55
84 Daniel Berger 49
85 Tyrrell Hatton 55
86 Rafael Cabrera Bello 57
87 David Howell 60
88 Tim Clark 40
89 Tony Finau 54
90 Jason Bohn 50
91 Cameron Smith 33
92 Hiroshi Iwata 53
93 Jason Dufner 45
94 Eddie Pepperell 50
95 Shawn Stefani 46
96 George McNeill 48
97 Graham Delaet 49
98 Kevin Streelman 56
99 James Hahn 53
100 Troy Merritt 52
286 Tiger Woods 25

DVR Alert – PGA Championship TV Schedule

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Categories: Jordan SpiethPGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods
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Before you head to the office, or the golf course, be sure to set your DVR to record the PGA Championship on TNT today.  Below is the PGA Championship television schedule.

Thu, Aug 13 TNT 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Aug 14 TNT 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Aug 15 TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Sat, Aug 15 CBS 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Sun, Aug 16 TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Sun, Aug 16 CBS 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

While you are at work you can see lots of great video coverage and follow the leaderboard at http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/.  There are also PGA Championship mobile apps for your smartphone or tablet providing even more viewing options.

Who will win?  Check the apparel scripts for that answer.


Twitter Blowing Up. Not Because of GOP Debate But Because Rory McIlory is Heading to the USA

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 7th, 2015
Categories: European TourMiscellaneousPGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfRory McIlory
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This is from Rory McIlory’s Twitter:


In case anyone forgot, McIlory is still the #1 golfer in the world. He has been off nursing an injury, but as the above photo seems to indicate, he is headed to the USA. Why would he be headed here? Where is he going? My guess is the private jet will be landing at the nearest airport to Kholer, Wisconsin. There’s a little golf tournament here next week at a course called Whistling Straits, the PGA Championship.


Decisions and Rules of Golf Club Throwing

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Rory McIlory Club Throw

Rory McIlory Club Throw

A couple of months ago Rory McIlory launched an iron into the lake at Trump Doral.  In an awkward moment, the Donald gave Rory the club back on the range the next day.  Then this past week McIlory tossed a 3-wood at the BMW after he was dissatisfied with his shot.

Last week I watched a golfer on my home course, a former basketball player who is well known in Salt Lake (no it is not John Stockton or Karl Malone), toss his driver off of the 18th tee behind him.  The white-headed TaylorMade bounced across the pavement of a local road and ended up near the 4th tee.  He had thrown his club out of bounds.  I yelled over to him, “you threw your club out of bounds.  You are going to have to throw another one off the tee.”  He didn’t think that comment was very funny.  I did though.

These club throwing events I’ve witnessed recently have inspired me to post the Rules of Golf Club Throwing, so those of you golfers who throw a club know exactly how to proceed after.

Rule 69.6: Throw Club In Hazard

In the case of the first McIlory toss into the lake at Doral, rule 69.6 comes into play.  The rule states that if a club is thrown into a hazard the golfer has several options:

  1. Incur one throw penalty. Re-throw the club from the original position.
  2. If the club is throwable from the hazard, the player can throw it from the hazard as long as he doesn’t ground the club or move loose impediments.
  3. Incur one throw penalty. Take a two club drop no nearer the hole at the point in which the club entered the hazard, then throw the club from there.
  4. Incur one throw penalty. Pick a point on the opposite side of the hazard, equidistant to the point the club entered the hazard and throw the club from there.

Rule 69.6 A: Throw Club Out Of Bounds

In the case where the basketball player threw his club out of bounds from the tee there is only one option:

  1. Incur one throw penalty. Re-throw club from tee or original position club was thrown from.

Rule 69.6 B: Thrown Club Lost

I watched a player throw his driver in disgust up at Soldier Hollow Golf Course a couple of years ago.  He threw the driver into some very deep grass.  The grass was not a hazard area and it was not out of bounds.  A player in my group yelled over to the thrower, “you will have to throw a provisional in case you can’t find the first one.”

The options a player has after throwing a club which may be lost are as follows:

  1. Throw a provisional club.  Declare to playing partners that the club is a provisional.  In the event the first throw is not found, the provisional throw becomes the club in play and a one throw penalty is assessed.
  2. The player can declare the first throw lost and throw a second club, under penalty of one throw.
  3. The player can proceed to look for the first thrown club and throw it as it lies if found.  If the club is not found, the player must return to the original throwing position and take a “throw and distance” penalty, throwing a new club.

In the case of McIlory’s throw at the BMW yesterday, the club was not lost and not in a hazard, or unthrowable.  The throw would simply count as a throw and he would throw the next one where it lies.


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