Thursday, August 31

Golf on TV: Dell Technologies Championship, Cambia Portland Classic, Shaw Charity Classic, D+D REAL Czech Masters

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2017) – The second leg of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs kicks off this week outside of Boston at the Dell Technologies Championship, with 96 of the top-100 eligible players in the field. The LPGA Tour heads to Oregon for the Cambia Portland Classic as Brooke Henderson looks to win the event for a third consecutive year. The PGA TOUR Champions are in Canada for the Shaw Charity Classic in Alberta, where Scott McCarron, Paul Goydos and Fred Couples headline the field, along with six-time major champion, Nick Faldo. Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood lead the field at the European Tour’s D+D REAL Czech Masters.


Dell Technologies Championship
Dates: Sept. 1-4
Venue: TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 11p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          3-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-3 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Monday           11:30-1:30 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-5 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live)
Monday           1:30-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Friday start, Monday finish due to holiday weekend: Due to the holiday weekend, the first round of the Dell Technologies Championship begins Friday, Sept. 1, and the final round is scheduled to conclude on Monday, Sept. 4. The top-100 players in the FedExCup standings following The Northern Trust are eligible to compete, and the top-70 in the standings following Monday’s final round will advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks.
McIlroy defends: Reigning FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy made up a six-shot final-round deficit last year to take the title.
Johnson takes No. 1 spot in standings: After his playoff win on the first extra hole over Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson claimed the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings. The current top-5 include: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm.
Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson.


Cambia Portland Classic
Dates: Aug. 31-Sept. 3
Venue: Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Ore.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         7-10 p.m. (Live) / 1-4 a.m. (Friday Replay)
Friday              6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            5-7 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Henderson defends: After her second-consecutive win at the event in 2016, Brooke Henderson joined the likes of Annika Sorenstam and Kathy Whitworth as the third player to win back-to-back at the Cambia Portland Classic. 
Headlining the field: Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson, So Yeon Ryu, In Gee Chun, Stacy Lewis, Na Yeon Choi, Gerina Piller, Juli Inkster and Christina Kim.


Shaw Charity Classic
Dates: Sept. 1-3
Venue: Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              8:30-10:30 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday          8:30-10:30 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Sunday            7-9 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)

Broadcast Notes:
Headlining the field: Fred Couples, Paul Goydos, Scott McCarron, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh, David Toms and Nick Faldo.


D+D REAL Czech Masters
Dates: Aug. 31-Sept. 3
Venue: Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5-7 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Friday              5-7 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Saturday          8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Ryder Cup qualifying begins: This week, eligible players will begin receiving points toward automatically qualifying for the 2018 European Ryder Cup team.
Headlining the field: Martin Kaymer, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Thomas Pieters, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and John Daly.

Wednesday, August 30

Tour Pros Respond to Harvey and Houston Devastation

THE ABOVE GOLF CHANNEL REPORT details how Chris Stroud, Sergio Garcia (whose wife is from Texas) and others are responding to the calamity in and around Houston resulting from the mammoth storm called Harvey.

In addition, LPGA Tour player Stacy Lewis and her husband live in Houston. As of Tuesday their home was OK.

"I'm getting updates," Lewis told, "but it's a pretty helpless feeling. It's hard to see the pictures, to imagine being there and seeing all of that water. It's unimaginable."

Lewis doesn't know when she will return.

"Everything is up in the air right now."

Tuesday, August 29

Which Are Better: Laser Rangerfinders or Golf GPS?

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By Dominic J. Leon

This is a difficult question indeed. Given the number of enthusiastic fans on the sides of golf GPS and laser rangefinders, I expect a verbal war anytime. But here I am getting into the fray with facts.

These straight points will help you decide which rangefinder is best for YOU. That's the key word since everybody has their own preferences and strengths. I'll go into the major markers of a good rangefinder and see how both types live up to the standards. Based on which features you prioritize over others, you can settle your personal debate of golf GPS versus laser rangefinders.

Accuracy: When using a golf rangefinder, your top requirement is accurate yardage. Although both golf GPS and laser rangefinders are quite close in this regard, the latter still win the game. The best laser rangefinders can tell the distance within 0.5 yards accuracy.

Golf GPS devices average 2-3 yards uncertainty. Most golfers report that 1-2 yards difference is not a big problem. But if you are fussy down to millimeters, go laser!

Operation: The basic distances to the front, center and back of the greens are instantly available on golf GPS devices. They determine your GPS location and use it to automatically calculate all the distances. Meanwhile, with your laser rangefinder, you have to aim at the exact target. Some of the modern laser rangefinders like Bushnell Tour Jolt have the technology to pinpoint and alert you when the target is locked. Still, if you have a sloth grip on the rangefinder you might not be able to get distances correctly.

With golf GPS, operation gets a little complicated only for advanced features like scorecard or green view. But the best golf GPS devices still have a user-friendly interface. 

Tournament legality: Laser rangefinders are always tournament-legal. Some modern ones like Bushnell Tour X have a removable faceplate which gives you slope-adjusted distances. These are forbidden in tournaments, so Bushnell provides a spare faceplate for normal distances.

Golf GPS devices are subjected to the Local Rule. You need to confirm from the tournament committee or your club whether golf GPS is allowed. They are gradually gaining acceptance. Golf GPS devices that give slope-adjusted distances are not allowed in most tournaments. 

Value for money: A good laser rangefinder will cost you north of $200. Even then it will only have distance-measuring function and features to speed up the process. This is not a great value for money. 

But golf GPS devices bang big for the bucks. Even the simplest golf watch will have an odometer, shot tracking feature and will work as a normal watch with an alarm. Bigger handheld GPS rangefinders have better specs like training aid, green view, performance stats, club recommendation, digital scorecard for multiple players, WiFi connectivity, smart notifications etc. Golf GPS is a well-rounded investment. They have cheaper options too, right down to free Android/Apple GPS apps. 

Versatility: The main advantage of laser rangefinders is that they are aim-and-measure devices. You can go to any course and point at the target for distance. They can also be used for hunting and other outdoor activities where distances are needed.

Golf GPS requires that you have the course map loaded on to it. The best golf GPS rangefinders today come preloaded with 30,000-plus courses. You can always add more. Plus the other features like odometer, alarm, timer, etc. may come into use beyond the golf course. 

Size: Laser rangefinders need to store the laser mechanism so they tend to be a little bulky. Even the lightest ones would come up to five to six ounces. Golf GPS are available in all sizes and shapes. The golf watch can be worn on the wrist. They are as small as regular sports watches. Golf handhelds are the size of a smartphone. Golf voice clip-ons usually weigh only one or two ounces and can be attached to your visor or belt loop.

Error potential: Laser rangefinders are only as good as their owner. If you don't have a steady hand, you might have some problems aiming the laser. The best ones today help you in every way to aim correctly but it's still difficult for some golfers.

Golf GPS devices don't require you to aim. But this is electronics after all. If you get a bad piece or forget to update them, you might start seeing errors. It is annoying because there isn't much you can do about it. Quality control is strict enough that such bugs are rare. 

Line of sight: Laser rangefinders can only aim at visible targets for distance. Golf GPS can tell you distances to points that are not visible to you on the course. So you get a fair warning of upcoming hazards, provided hazard distances are a feature of the device. 

Subscription fee: Laser rangefinders are pretty much a single-time investment. Once bought, they can be directly used until they break. Some golf GPS manufacturers levy a subscription fee to update your course database. This adds to the cost of ownership. At the minimum, you might have to register at the website of the device to get access to some features and updates. 

Durability: Laser rangefinders pack a fragile laser apparatus and lens. You have to be careful not to damage it. Golf GPS devices are more durable. But I still suggest exercising some caution before mistreating them. 

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Sunday, August 27

Dustin Johnson Outduels Jordan Spieth at The Northern Trust

DUSTIN JOHNSON WON THE NORTHERN TRUST, the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, by defeating Jordan Spieth in a one-hole sudden-death playoff in Old Westbury, New York.

Johnson began the final round three shots behind 54-hole leader Spieth but caught the Open champion with a closing 66, which included a dramatic par on the 72nd hole. A mammoth drive and a wedge to three feet set up the winning birdie for DJ on the first playoff hole.

"I feel like the game is finally back in form like it was leading into the Masters," Johnson told CBS's Dottie Pepper on the 18th green. "I feel like I'm swinging everything really well. Got a lot of control over the golf ball. I'm feeling really good. Obviously getting the win here today gives me a lot of confidence going into next week and the rest of the playoffs."

"I didn't lose the tournament," Spieth said. "He won it."

The playoffs move on to TPC Boston where the top 100 will compete in the Dell Technologies Championship.

Thursday, August 24

Golf on TV: The Northern Trust, Canadian Pacific Women's Open, Boeing Classic, Made in Denmark

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 23, 2017) –The FedExCup Playoffs kick off this week as the top-125 from the season-long points race advance to take part in The Northern Trust. Players will tee it up at Glen Oaks Club, a new venue for the event, where they’ll look to play their way into the top-100 in the standings to earn a spot in next week’s Dell Technologies Championship. Hideki Matsuyama tops the standings thanks to three wins and three runner-up finishes this season. The LPGA Tour heads north of the border for the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, where world No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn looks to find her form as she defends her 2016 title. The PGA TOUR Champions are in Washington for the Boeing Classic, while two-time major champions Martin Kaymer and John Daly are in the field at the Made in Denmark on the European Tour.

The Northern Trust
Dates: August 24-27
Venue: Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday:        2-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday:             2-6 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday:         1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday:           Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

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

Broadcast Notes:
Featured pairings: FedExCup points leaders Hideki Matsuyama (1), Justin Thomas (2) and Jordan Spieth (3) will tee it up together in the first two rounds of The Northern Trust. The next three in the standings – Dustin Johnson (4), Rickie Fowler (5) and Jon Rahm (6) – also will be paired together on Thursday and Friday.
Reed defends: Patrick Reed won by one shot over Sean O’Hair and Emiliano Grillo.
Five players out of event: The field will feature 120 players, with two players choosing not to compete (No. 22 Sergio Garcia and No. 66 Adam Scott) and three players out due to injury (No. 64 Brandt Snedeker, No. 85 Scott Piercy and No. 115 Dominic Bozzelli).
Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed.

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Dates: August 24-27
Venue: Ottawa Golf & Hunt Club, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Jutanugarn defends: Ariya Jutanugarn won just a week after claiming her first major at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Headlining the field: So Yeon Ryu, Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Danielle Kang, Christina Kim and Paula Creamer.

Boeing Classic
Dates: August 25-27
Venue: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              6-8 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          6-8 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            6-8 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Langer defends: Charles Schwab Cup money list leader Bernhard Langer won in a three-man playoff in 2016 over Woody Austin and Kevin Sutherland.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Paul Goydos, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly, David Toms and Scott McCarron.

Made in Denmark
Dates: August 24-27
Venue: Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Farsø, Denmark

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday              5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          6:30-11 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Pieters defends: Thomas Pieters won by one shot over Bradley Dredge.
Headlining the field: Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters,Thorbjørn Olesen, Sam Horsfield, John Daly and Andrew Johnston.

Monday, August 21

Captain Inkster on U.S. Solheim Cup Victory: 'They Played Some Amazing Golf'

THE UNITED STATES RETAINED THE SOLHEIM CUP with a dominating performance that resulted in a 16.5 to 11.5 victory over Europe.

Lexi Thompson began the matches on Friday by driving the first hole at Des Moines Golf and Country Club (see above video).

The Americans took a five-point lead into the Sunday singles matches and held on despite a scrappy European team.

Sunday Singles Matches Results
Match #1: Lexi Thompson (U.S.) vs Anna Nordqvist (Europe) Halved
Match #2: Paula Creamer (U.S.) defeated Georgia Hall (Europe) 1UP
Match #3: Cristie Kerr (U.S.) defeated Mel Reid (Europe) 2&1
Match #4: Catriona Matthew (Europe) defeated Stacy Lewis (U.S) 1UP
Match #5: Angel Yin (U.S.) vs. Karine Icher (Europe) Halved
Match #6: Caroline Masson (Europe) defeated Michelle Wie (U.S) 4&2
Match #7: Lizette Salas (U.S) defeated Jodi Ewart Shadoff (Europe) 1UP
Match #8: Charley Hull (Europe) defeated Brittany Lang (U.S.) 1UP
Match #9: Carlota Ciganda (Europe) defeated Brittany Lincicome (U.S.) 4&3
Match #10: Gerina Piller (U.S.) defeated Florentyna Parker (Europe) 4&2
Match #11: Madelene Sagstrom (Europe) defeated Austin Ernst (U.S.) 3&2
Match #12: Danielle Kang (U.S.) defeated Emily Pedersen (Europe) 3&1

"They believed in each other," said U.S. captain Juli Inkster. "They played for the person behind them and in front of them. They played some amazing golf."

"Sometimes it is not always about the results," said European captain Annika Sorenstam. "This has been a lot about the journey. I've learned a lot this past 18 months. It has been a pleasure to represent the European Tour. I'm so proud of these young girls. New friendships and new memories."

Cup Notes

This was the fifth time the United States successfully defended the Cup.

Every U.S. team member won at least one match.

The matches were close: 24 of 28 matches finished on the closing holes.

The rookies on the U.S. team played especially well, posting a record of 6-3-1.

Saturday, August 19

Solheim Cup: TV Coverage Changes for Sunday

An advisory from Golf Channel.

In order to avoid potential inclement weather at the Solheim Cup, tee times have been moved up on Sunday, with the first tee time scheduled for 10:31 a.m. ET / 9:31 a.m. CT.

As a result, Golf Channel will begin airing live coverage of the final day on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. CT and will air on Golf Channel through the event’s conclusion. NBC will air a two-hour “Best of Solheim Cup” from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Listed below are the schedule changes for Sunday, Aug. 20 on Golf Channel (all times ET).

7:00AM – 10:30AM                          Paul Lawrie Match Play – Finals (Live)
10:30AM – 4:00PM                           Solheim Cup – Final Day (Live)
4:00PM – 6:00PM                             Dick’s Sporting Goods Open – Final Round (Live)

Thursday, August 17

2017 Solheim Cup: U.S. Rookie Danielle Kang Is Ready to Stripe It

THE 2017 SOLHEIM CUP SWINGS INTO ACTION on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. The Opening Ceremony is Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Judging from the above clip via Instagram, U.S. team member Danielle Kang is ready to play for her country.

Following are the squads.

United States
Captain: Juli Inkster
Paula Creamer
Austin Ernst
Danielle Kang
Cristie Kerr
Brittany Lang
Stacy Lewis
Brittany Lincicome
Gerina Pillar
Lizette Salas
Lexi Thompson
Michelle Wie
Angela Yin

Captain: Annika Sorenstam
Carlota Ciganda
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Georgia Hall
Charley Hull
Karine Icher
Caroline Masson
Catriona Matthew
Anna Nordqvist
Florentyna Parker
Emily Pedersen
Mel Reid
Madelene Sagstrom

Wednesday, August 16

Golf on TV: Solheim Cup, Wyndham Championship, Dick's Sporting Goods Open, Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 15, 2017) – The best in the women’s game representing the U.S. and Europe are in Des Moines, Iowa for the biennial Solheim Cup. Juli Inkster and Annika Sorenstam captain the Americans and Europeans respectively in their quest to claim the trophy. This year marks the Solheim Cup’s return to network television for the first time in 15 years, as NBC will broadcast coverage on Saturday and Sunday. The last time the two teams met in 2015, the United States narrowly clinched the victory, 14 ½ - 13 ½, the closest margin in the event’s history. The PGA TOUR will stay in North Carolina this week as players head to Sedgefield Country Club for the Wyndham Championship; the last tournament before the start of the FedExCup Playoffs. Kevin Kisner, who led the PGA Championship going into the final round, and world No. 9 Henrik Stenson headline the field as players look to cement their place inside the Top 125 of the season-long standings. The PGA TOUR Champions head to Upstate New York for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, as Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer looks for his fifth win of the season. Paul Lawrie plays host and competitor this week on the European Tour for the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in Germany, with a field of 64 vying for the title.


Solheim Cup
Date: August 18-20
Venue: Des Moines Country Club, West Des Moines, Iowa

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6-7 p.m. (Live, Opening Ceremony)
Friday              9 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)Saturday   8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            12:30-4 p.m. (Live)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          4-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            4-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
U.S. defends: The United States won in 2015 for the first time since 2009, after narrowly defeating Europe in the closet margin in the event’s history.
United States Team: Paula Creamer, Austin Ernst, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Gerina Pillar, Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Angela Yin. Captain: Juli Inkster.
European Team: Carlota Ciganda, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, Karine Icher, Caroline Masson, Anna Nordqvist, Florentyna Parker, Emily Pedersen, Suzann Pettersen, Mel Reid and Madelene Sagstrom. Captain: Annika Sorenstam.


Wyndham Championship
Dates: August 17-20
Venue: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday              2-4 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          7-10 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            7-10 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Last chance to earn spot in FedEx Cup Playoffs: The Wyndham Championship serves as the final event in which players can earn points to solidify their position within the top 125 of the FedExCup standings to qualify for the Playoffs, beginning next week.
Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III and Chris Stroud.


Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
Dates: August 18-20
Venue: En-Joie Golf Club, Endicott, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              7:30-9:30 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday          4-6 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            4-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast notes:
Goydos defends: Paul Goydos won by two shots over Wes Short Jr.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Paul Goydos, John Daly, Corey Pavin, Mark O’Meara, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Kenny Perry and Ian Woosnam.


Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Dates: August 17-20
Venue: Bad Griesbach Golf Resort, Bad Griesbach, Germany

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6:30-8:30 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Friday              6-8 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          5-7 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            5-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast notes:
Wall defends: Anthony Wall defeated Alex Noren 1-up last year to capture his second career Tour win, and first in more than 16 years. Wall holds the record for the longest period between victories on the European Tour.
Headlining the field: Nicolas Colsaerts, Thomas Detry, Paul Lawrie, Edoardo Molinari, Richie Ramsey and Anthony Wall.

Monday, August 14

Justin Thomas: 'PGA Definitely Had a Special Place in My Heart'

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JUSTIN THOMAS BROKE FROM A PACK of contenders to win the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. The son of a PGA club professional and a close friend of three-time major winner Jordan Spieth, Thomas shot a closing 68 to claim his first major victory.

"[T]he PGA definitely had a special place in my heart," Thomas said, "and maybe a special drive. It's just a great win for the family, and it’'s a moment we'll never forget — all of us."

Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen finished in a tie for second. Third-round leader Kevin Kisner (74), who held at least a share of the lead for much of Sunday, faltered on the incoming nine and tied for seventh. World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama also stumbled to the clubhouse, finishing with a 72 that landed him in fifth.

Thanks to clutch shot making, a warm putter and a timely break or two, Thomas separated himself on the incoming nine and survived the Green Mile to fulfill his dream of winning that first major. One of the first people to congratulate him when he walked off the 18th green was his pal since boyhood.

"So awesome, dude," said Spieth.

Saturday, August 12

VIDEO: 94-Year-Old Golf Legend Jackie Burke Jr. on 'Feherty'

ABOVE AND BELOW ARE CLIPS of Jackie Burke Jr., who was on 'Feherty' this past week. Can you believe this man is 94?

In the above sequence, Burke talks about the golf swing and hits a few balls. Below, he tells David Feherty about playing the tour in the 1950s when everyone held a club pro job. (There was very little money on the circuit.) If you did well at tournaments, you could get your name in the New York Times, Burke explained. Lessons would then pick up and increase your earnings.

Burke won 16 times on the PGA Tour, including the Masters and PGA Championship in 1956. He was also a Ryder Cup player (7-1-0) and captain.

Thursday, August 10

2017 PGA Championship TV Schedule and Live Streaming Coverage

THE 2017 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP IS UNDERWAY at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jimmy Walker is the defending champion. Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and last week's winner, Hideki Matsuyama, are favorites. The field of 156 tour and club professionals are playing for the Wanamaker Trophy and much more.

Here's how to watch the men's final major championship of the year.


All times are Eastern.

Thursday, 8/10
TNT: 1 – 7 p.m.

Featured Group 1 (Turner)
8:25 a.m. Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth
1:35 p.m. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler

Featured Group 2 (CBS)
8:35 a.m. Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson
1:25 p.m. Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner

Friday, 8/11
TNT 1 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, 8/12
TNT: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CBS: 2 - 7 p.m.

Sunday, 8/13
TNT: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CBS: 2 - 7 p.m.


Live streaming coverage begins at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday and will continue through the second round on Friday. You can also watch video highlights at

Tuesday, August 8

2017 PGA Championship First Round Tee Times

FOLLOWING ARE THURSDAY TEE TIMES for the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

All times ET.
Tee No. 1
7:20 a.m. — Grayson Murray, Rich Berberian Jr., Peter Uihlein
7:30 a.m. — Adam Rainaud, Tony Finau, Fabrizio Zanotti
7:40 a.m. — Younghan Song, Dave McNabb, Charles Howell III
7:50 a.m. — Sung Kang, Wesley Bryan, Dylan Frittelli
8 a.m. — William McGirt, Francesco Molinari, Jim Herman
8:10 a.m. — Gary Woodland, Andy Sullivan, Kyle Stanley
8:20 a.m. — Rich Beem, Vijay Singh, John Daly
8:30 a.m. — Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Willett, J.B. Holmes
8:40 a.m. — Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele, Rod Pampling
8:50 a.m. — Thorbjorn Olesen, Brendan Steele, Hudson Swafford
9 a.m. — Cameron Smith, Bernd Wiesberger, Brandon Stone
9:10 a.m. — K.T. Kim, Greg Gregory, James Hahn
9:20 a.m. — Richard Sterne, Ryan Vermeer, Chris Stroud
12:35 p.m. — Lucas Glover, Matt Dobyns, Hideto Tanihara
12:45 p.m. — Mike Small, Jason Kokrak, Satoshi Kodaira
12:55 p.m. — Thomas Bjorn, Branden Grace, Pat Perez
1:05 p.m. — Adam Scott, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson
1:15 p.m. — Billy Horschel, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Si Woo Kim
1:25 p.m. — Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner
1:35 p.m. — Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler
1:45 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker
1:55 p.m. — Daniel Berger, Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner
2:05 p.m. — Ross Fisher, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ryan Moore
2:15 p.m. — Jhonattan Vegas, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Smith
2:25 p.m. — Alex Beach, Sean O'Hair, Kevin Na
2:35 p.m. — Chris Moody, Luke List, Jamie Lovemark
Tee No. 10
7:25 a.m. — Shane Lowry, Stuart Deane, Pablo Larrazabal

7:35 a.m. — Alex Noren, Scott Herbert, Russell Knox
7:45 a.m. — Hideki Matsuyama, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter
7:55 a.m. — Daniel Summerhays, Robert Streb, Chris Wood
8:05 a.m. — Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed
8:15 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey

8:25 a.m. — Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth
8:35 a.m. — Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson
8:45 a.m. — Padraig Harrington, Keegan Bradley, Davis Love III
8:55 a.m. — Zach Johnson, Lee Westwood, Charley Hoffman
9:05 a.m. — David Lingmerth, Scott Brown, Nicolas Colsaerts
9:15 a.m. — Scott Hend, Kenny Pigman, Andrew Johnston
9:25 a.m. — Kelly Kraft, Brian Smock, Patrick Rodgers
12:30 p.m. — David Muttitt, Bud Cauley, Graham DeLaet
12:40 p.m. — Rod Perry, Yuta Ikeda, Emiliano Grillo
12:50 p.m. — Joost Luiten, Paul Claxton, Russell Henley
1 p.m. — Patrick Cantlay, Thongchai Jaidee, Soren Kjeldsen
1:10 p.m. — Omar Uresti, Y.E. Yang, Shaun Micheel
1:20 p.m. — Danny Lee, Marc Leishman, Anirban Lahiri
1:30 p.m. — Byeong Hun An, Kevin Chappell, Mackenzie Hughes
1:40 p.m. — Jonas Blixt, Steve Stricker, Brian Harman
1:50 p.m. — D.A. Points, Tyrrell Hatton, Adam Hadwin
2 p.m. — Martin Laird, Bill Haas, Graeme McDowell
2:10 p.m. — Jeunghun Wang, Alexander Levy, Jamie Broce
2:20 p.m. — JJ Wood, Ryan Fox, Haotong Li
2:30 p.m. — Jaysen Hansen, Cody Gribble, Chez Reavie

Sunday, August 6

Hideki Matsuyama Fires 61 at Firestone to Win WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Kim Claims Women's British Open

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA HASN'T WON A MAJOR, but it seems as if it's just a matter of time for the No. 3 ranked golfer in the world.

The Japanese star rallied to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday (his third victory this season) by putting together a record-tying 61 on Firestone Country Club. The blistering round included birdies on the final three holes. Zach Johnson was a distant second, five shots off the pace.

Matsuyama has now won two World Golf Championships. He bagged the HSBC Champions last fall, also a blowout, him winning by seven strokes.

But the 25-year-old PGA Tour player didn't see a 61 at Firestone, or another title, especially after a final-round warm-up session that left him wondering about the direction of the golf ball.

"[M]y expectations really at the beginning of this week weren't that high ... and here we are," Matsuyama said.

The PGA Championship begins at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte on Thursday.

"I haven't won a major yet," Matsuyama added. "I have a lot of work left to do. But that's not to say that I don't have confidence."

Kim Wins Women's British Open

I.K. Kim took a 6-shot lead into the final round of the Women's British Open at Kingsbarns Links in St. Andrews, Scotland, and held on to claim her first major championship title.

''I cannot describe my feelings,'' Kim said after a final-round 71 produced a two-shot victory. ''I just tried to have some fun, but it wasn't fun on the back nine.''

Friday, August 4

VIDEO: Jordan Spieth: 'I'm Gonna Try Something Stupid Here'

DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. Why? Because you're not Jordan Spieth.

Even Jordan Spieth questioned his own intelligence. But he went ahead with the shot, telling caddie Michael Greller, "Put the bag over there and just watch, OK?"

This must be why it's hard to talk players out of a shot if you're Greller or Bones, Phil's former bag man. They're capable of anything. And they know it.

Spieth shot an opening 67 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Wednesday, August 2

Q&A: Preview of Quail Hollow Club, Site of 2017 PGA Championship

This edited report is courtesy of Marc Whitney at the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA).

Tom Marzolf (Fazio Golf Course Designers, Inc.) and Senior Design Associate Blake Bickford responded to questions via Twitter on July 26, discussing Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, host to the 2017 PGA Championship that begins next week.

Here's an edited version of their chat with golf fans.

Q: Can you talk about the rich history and design of Quail Hollow Club?

A: George Cobb, ASGCA, designed course which first opened in 1961. We still use the same fairway corridors today. Though the greens are certainly larger.

Q: Quail Hollow opened in 1961. When did Fazio Golf Course Designers first work on the golf course?

A: The first visit was in 1993, the initial steps in preparation for a 1996 renovation. That renovation impacted about 25% of course. For example, the 9th green was within 30' of clubhouse; that's valuable real estate! So, we moved the golf away a bit from the clubhouse.

Q: Were any additional specific updates made to Quail Hollow after the PGA Championship was awarded to the club?

A: The Master Plan that was implemented years ago at the course is still in use. Over time, there have been updates to the greens, grasses, bunkers, etc. in 2016 there was a redesign of four holes following the PGA Tour event; Bermuda grass was planted on greens and bunker sand was replaced.

Q: Does that means golfers will compete on a dramatically different course than before?

A: Yes, certainly on the front 9. Hole No. 1 was lengthened by 100 yards; No. 2 was removed completely and the course routing greatly improved.

Q: Is there a signature hole at Quail Hollow Club?

A: The final several holes are known as the "Green Mile." It is a tough way to finish. No. 18 has a number of fairway angles, bunker on the right is in play, as is the creek on the left.

Q: "Firm and fast" greens is the case at recent majors. Will this be the case at Quail Hollow?

A: Champion Bermuda grass will keep the greens firm and fast. Originally, the course was planted with 328 Bermuda; now we use 419 Bermuda.

Q: If I'm watching the PGA Championship from home, what should I focus on to better enjoy the tournament?

A: Quail Hollow has great character, with undulations throughout the course, leading to variety of shots. Water on both the front and back 9 makes the entire course a challenge. Every golfer in the field has the ability to shoot low scores one day at Quail Hollow, but they might stall out on other days.

Q: What is the future for Quail Hollow beyond the PGA Championship?

A: The PGA Tour returns with the Wells Fargo Championship in 2018. And in 2021, Quail Hollow will host the Presidents Cup.

Q: No pressure on you gentlemen to predict the winning score, but Ron Whitten (one of the golf course architects at Erin Hills) called the U.S. Open score on the number!

A: The PGA sets up scoring for their championship. Traditionally -10 or -12 would be a good score.

Q: Any other holes of interest for the TV viewers?

A: No. 14 could be set up as a driveable par 4. Water is in play to varying degrees on Holes 14-18; which should make it dramatic for the players and fin to watch for viewers.

Q: Any additional thoughts on the PGA Championship?

A: Tom Fazio has a long-term relationship with the PGA; his courses have hosted three of the past 12 PGA Championships.