Thursday, July 20

2017 Open Championship TV Schedule and Broadcast Notes

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 18, 2017) – The 146th Open began today, Thursday, and NBC Sports Group will provide 49.5 hours of live coverage from Royal Birkdale. NBC Sports additionally will offer several ancillary digital feeds to complement its linear broadcast, including: Marquee Group, Featured Holes (12, 13, 14) and The Open Spotlight, which will include coverage of the 1st and 18th holes, along with look-ins at players on the driving range, press center interviews and highlights. Golf Channel and NBC Sports digital platforms also will provide fans will full round replays, made available within the NBC Sports and Golf Channel Apps immediately following live coverage. NBC Universo will feature Spanish-Language coverage of The Open for the final round on Sunday, with coverage airing from Noon-2 p.m. ET.


The 146th Open
Dates: July 20-23
Venue: Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday              1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)      
Saturday          4:30-7 a.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            4-7 a.m. (Live) / Midnight-4 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          7 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live)
Sunday:           7 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live)

NBC Sports Group Broadcast Team:
Host: Mike Tirico (Saturday-Sunday)
Play by Play: Dan Hicks, Terry Gannon, Mike Tirico (Thursday-Friday)
Analyst: Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo, Justin Leonard, Colin Montgomerie
Tower: Gary Koch, Peter Jacobsen, Frank Nobilo, Steve Sands, Curt Byrum, Tom Abbott
On-Course: Jim Mackay, Roger Maltbie, David Feherty, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay, Billy Ray Brown, Jerry Foltz
Interviews: Steve Sands, Todd Lewis, Jimmy Roberts

NBC Sports Digital Complementary Feeds to the Broadcast
NBC Sports Group will offer several ancillary digital feeds to complement its linear broadcast, including: Marquee Group, Featured Holes (12, 13, 14) and The Open Spotlight, which will include coverage of the 1st and 18th holes, along with look-ins at players on the driving range, press center interviews and highlights. Digital coverage will include Golf Channel hosts Ryan Burr, Cara Robinson and Damon Hack, along with analysts Justin Leonard, Colin Montgomerie, Curt Byrum, Tom Abbott, Billy Ray Brown, Jerry Foltz, John Cook, Trevor Immelman and Billy Kratzert.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports digital platforms also will provide fans will full round replays, made available within the NBC Sports and Golf Channel Apps immediately following live coverage.

DirecTV to Simulcast Live Broadcast, Ancillary Feeds
DirecTV will simulcast the live tournament broadcast on Golf Channel / NBC throughout the tournament via their Mosaic, which also will include the feed from the Marquee Group, Featured Holes and The Open Spotlight. Other offerings on the Mosaic include an expanded leaderboard function, detailed player scorecards, and an ability to create a “favorites” list top the Mosaic leaderboard. The Mosaic Channel and interactive menu will be available to DirecTV subscribers during broadcast hours all four days,Thursday-Sunday.

NBC Universo to Air Sunday’s Final Round with Spanish-Language Coverage
NBC Universo will feature Spanish-Language coverage of The Open for the final round on Sunday, with coverage airing from Noon-2 p.m. ET. Coverage will feature Edgar Lopez (play-by-play) and Miguel Gurwitz (analyst) during the closing stretch of the Championship.

Wednesday, July 19

VIDEO: Men in Blazers Meet Royal Birkdale's Stanley Matthews, 'the Michelangelo of Bunkers'

THERE ARE 123 BUNKERS AT ROYAL BIRKDALE, site of this week's Open Championship. And no one knows them better than Stanley Matthews, who is known as a "master bunker raker." Matthews has also been called "the Michelangelo of bunkers." Yes.

What is Stanley's advice to the youth of America, those who might want to follow in his footsteps (or rake marks)?

"Get up early. Work hard. And do your best."

Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, July 18

Open Championship Odds: Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth Favored at 14/1, Followed by Fowler, Rahm, Garcia, McIlroy, Matsuyama and Rose

HERE ARE THE CURRENT ODDS for the 2017 Open Championship that tees off on Thursday at Royal Birkdale. The odds are courtesy of Bovada.

(NOTE: Red means odds are now longer; blue means odds are now shorter. Black indicates no change.)

                                               6/19/17             Current Odds (7/18/17)
Dustin Johnson                         8/1                    14/1
Jordan Spieth                           12/1                  14/1
Rickie Fowler                            16/1                  16/1
Jon Rahm                                 22/1                  16/1
Sergio Garcia                            16/1                  18/1
Rory McIlroy                             10/1                  20/1
Hideki Matsuyama                     20/1                  20/1
Justin Rose                               22/1                  20/1
Tommy Fleetwood                     33/1                  22/1
Henrik Stenson                          18/1                  25/1
Adam Scott                              28/1                  28/1
Paul Casey                               40/1                  33/1
Jason Day                                14/1                  33/1
Brooks Koepka                         25/1                  33/1
Phil Mickelson                           33/1                  40/1
Alexander Noren                        33/1                  40/1
Branden Grace                          40/1                  45/1
Louis Oosthuizen                       50/1                  45/1
Matt Kuchar                              66/1                  50/1
Marc Leishman                          66/1                  50/1
Thomas Pieters                         33/1                  50/1
Justin Thomas                           33/1                  50/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello                  80/1                  55/1
Padraig Harrington                    150/1                55/1
Patrick Reed                             66/1                  55/1
Shane Lowry                             66/1                  66/1
Ian Poulter                                90/1                  66/1
Charl Schwartzel                        66/1                  66/1
Brandt Snedeker                       66/1                  66/1
Lee Westwood                          50/1                  66/1
Daniel Berger                            100/1                75/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick                    66/1                  75/1
Ross Fisher                              125/1                80/1
Tyrrell Hatton                             50/1                  80/1
Zach Johnson                           66/1                  80/1
Martin Kaymer                           66/1                  80/1
Francesco Molinari                    90/1                  80/1
Andy Sullivan                            100/1                80/1
Kevin Kisner                              125/1                100/1
Steve Stricker                           150/1                100/1
Bernd Wiesberger                      80/1                  100/1
Chris Wood                               80/1                  100/1
Byeong-Hun AN                        125/1                125/1
Bryson DeChambeau                 Off the Board    125/1
Jason Dufner                            150/1                125/1
Tony Finau                                150/1                125/1
Bill Haas                                   Off the Board    125/1
Brian Harman                            Off the Board    125/1
Russell Henley                          Off the Board    125/1
Charley Hoffman                       100/1                125/1
J.B. Holmes                              100/1                125/1
Soren Kjeldsen                          150/1                125/1
Thorbjorn Olesen                       175/1                125/1
Peter Uihlein                              Off the Board    125/1
Kevin Chappell                          150/1                150/1
Ryan Fox                                  Off the Board    150/1
Emiliano Grillo                           100/1                150/1
Charles Howell III                       Off the Board    150/1
Si Woo Kim                              Off the Board    150/1
Martin Laird                               Off the Board    150/1
Webb Simpson                         200/1                150/1
Kyle Stanley                              Off the Board    150/1
Brendan Steele                          Off the Board    150/1
Hideto Tanihara                         Off the Board    150/1
Jimmy Walker                           100/1                150/1
Bubba Watson                          80/1                  150/1
Adam Hadwin                            Off the Board    175/1
Billy Horschel                            Off the Board    175/1
Russell Knox                             Off the Board    175/1
Joost Luiten                              200/1                175/1
Richie Ramsay                          Off the Board    175/1
Xander Schauffele                     Off the Board    175/1
Anirban Lahiri                            Off the Board    200/1
Alexander Levy                         Off the Board    200/1
Jamie Lovemark                        Off the Board    200/1
Ryan Moore                              150/1                200/1
Pat Perez                                  Off the Board    200/1
Callum Shinkwin                        Off the Board    200/1
Cameron Smith                         200/1                200/1
Gary Woodland                         150/1                200/1

Monday, July 17

VIDEO: Euro Tour's Left-Handed Challenge and Surprise Winners at the U.S. Women's Open and John Deere Classic

IT'S OPEN WEEK AT ROYAL BIRKDALE, but I must say that last week served as a nice buildup to the world's oldest golf championship.

Rafe Cabrera-Bellow won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in a playoff against Callum Shinkwin. Both players finished 13 under at Dundonald Links in Gailes.

"I'm obviously incredibly pleased with how I played today," Cabrera-Bellow told Golf Channel's Damon Hack. "I played my best golf of pretty much the entire year."

The creative minds of the European Tour staged "The Left-Handed Challenge" (see video) at the Scottish Open before the main event got underway. Perhaps not surprising that tour players, 99 percent of which are right-handed, look pretty good from the left side, even if their iron shots curve into the bleachers.

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Sung-Hyun Park won the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Bedminster, a first on many levels: first LPGA win, first U.S. victory and first major. Park rallied to win by two shots over 17-year-old amateur Hye-Jin Choi.

Park said, "I wanted to believe in myself." 

It worked.

Bryson DeChambeau surprised a lot of people (including himself, I think) by coming home in 30 strokes for a final-round 65 to win the John Deere Classic. Now Bryson will tee it up at Royal Birkdale.

"I've just been working so hard my whole life to try to do this," DeChambeau told CBS. "And to finally have it happen at the John Deere, where I started pretty much a couple years ago, is pretty incredible."

There's a lot of Open programming this week. If you enjoy golf history like me, watch "Summer of '76" on Golf Channel. It airs at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Friday, July 14

Thursday, July 13

Golf on TV: Scottish Open, Senior Players Championship, John Deere Classic

From a Golf Channel press release.


Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
Venue: Dundonald Links, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
Dates: July 13-16

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          12:30-3 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            12:30-3 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Noren defendsWorld No. 9 Alex Noren looks to defend his title at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. It was his first of four wins on the European Tour in 2016, while Noren also was a winner earlier this season at the BMW PGA Championship.
Headlining the Field: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler, Alex Noren, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Jason Dufner, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Ernie Els.


Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
Venue: Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, Md.
Dates: July 13-16

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday:        1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3 a.m. (Friday Replay)
Friday:             1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3 a.m. (Saturday Replay)
Saturday:         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday Replay)
Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Monday Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Langer defends: Bernhard Langer has claimed the last three Senior Players Championships, winning by one shot in 2016 over Joe Durant and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Langer has also won two of the first three majors this season.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry, Fred Couples, John Daly, Colin Montgomerie, Vijay Singh and Jose Maria Olazabal.


John Deere Classic
Dates: July 13-16
Venue:  TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         4-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday              4-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on CBS (Eastern):
Saturday:         3-6 p.m.
Sunday            3-6 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
Moore defends: Ryan Moore won last year’s event by two shots over Ben Martin.
Headlining the field: Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Daniel Berger, Davis Love III, K.J. Choi, Wesley Bryan and Angel Cabrera.

Wednesday, July 12

2017 U.S. Women's Open TV Schedule and Tournament Notes

THE 72ND U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN begins tomorrow at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Brittany Lang is the defending champion. Following are the particulars.

Course Setup
The Old Course at Trump National Golf Club will be set up at 6,732 yards and will play to a par of 36-36–72. Based on the setup, the Course Rating™ is 80.4 and the Slope Rating® is 153.

About Trump National Golf Club
The Old Course was designed by Tom Fazio and opened for play in 2004. It is routed through more than 500 acres of rolling farmland and horse pastures with numerous water hazards and demanding green complexes. Approach shots call for careful strategy. Wetlands and restored farm buildings are found throughout the property.

Championship Field
The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers and ties.

Television Coverage
The 2017 U.S. Women's Open will receive at least 20 hours of live network coverage. Fox will air 10 hours of coverage on the weekend. FS1 will air 10 hours over the first two days of play. All times EDT.

July 13, 2-7 p.m., First Round on FS1
July 14, 2-7 p.m., Second Round on FS1
July 15, 2-7 p.m., Third Round on Fox
July 16, 2-7 p.m., Fourth Round on Fox

Live Streaming Coverage
The 2017 U.S. Women's Open will receive at least 24 hours of live streaming coverage on

July 13,10 a.m.-noon, First Round: streaming coverage
July 13, 2-7 p.m., First Round: featured group
July 14,10 a.m.-noon, Second Round: streaming coverage
July 14, 2-7 p.m., Second Round: featured group
July 15, 2-7 p.m., Third Round: featured group
July 16, 2-7 p.m., Fourth Round: featured group

What the Winner Receives
The champion will receive a gold medal, custody of the Harton S. Semple Trophy for the ensuing year and an exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women’s Open Championships.

The 2017 purse is $5 million. The 2016 purse was $4.5 million, and the winner earned $810,000.

2016 Champion
Brittany Lang, 30, of McKinney, Texas, won the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. Lang won the second three-hole aggregate playoff in Women’s Open history, taking the title over Anna Nordqvist, 29, of Sweden.

The USGA Fact Sheet for the U.S. Women's Open Championship was used for this report.

Tuesday, July 11

BBC Golf: 'Can Jon Rahm Go One Better Than Seve Ballesteros at Birkdale?'

SPANIARD JON RAHM IS LIGHTING UP the golf world. Last week Rahm won the Irish Open by six shots and has moved up to No. 8 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The 22-year-old has won twice in his first full year on tour.

BBC Golf's Iain Carter assessed Rahm's rise and his chances at Royal Birkdale in next week's Open Championship, including comparing him to Spain's greatest golf legend, Seve Ballesteros.

Carter offers a good preview of the Open, including this:
[I]t will be intriguing to see how [Rahm] fares on a more demanding course under the pressure of expectation generated by his success at the Irish Open, which he won by six shots after escaping a penalty in the last round. 
His temperament remains suspect, as was shown in rounds of 76 and 73 when he missed the cut at the recent US Open at Erin Hills. He also unravelled in the penal surroundings of Sawgrass during May's Players Championship. 
If a course gets on top of him, Rahm can struggle to fight his way out of trouble. Birkdale is a very fair golfing test but if the coastal winds blow and the elements close in, the young Spaniard could easily be rattled. 
Nevertheless, right now he looks at home among the favourites for the next men's major.