Category: Golf Channel

September 23, 2013

President Bush: Barack Obama should play golf

Posted at 1:48 PM by Pete Madden

In what could be the biggest display of bipartisanship since President Barack Obama took office, former president George W. Bush endorsed his successor's golf game.

Sitting down with the Golf Channel's Jimmy Roberts, Bush crossed the proverbial aisle:

“I’ve seen our President criticized for playing golf. I don’t. I think he ought to play golf. I know what it is like to be in the bubble and I know the pressures of the job. To be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the President. It is a good outlet.”

Several presidents, dating all the way back to William Howard Taft, have been avid players, but our Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs crowned Bush (whose great grandfather served as USGA president and lent his name to the Walker Cup) "Golfer-in-Chief" with the "best presidential swing I've seen."

President Obama has played 145 rounds of golf since taking office, 103 of them, according to TIME, with Marvin Nicholson, Obama's trip director and "First Bro," but as this three-putt indicates, he still has some work to do.

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August 25, 2013

Fowler and Blixt: Partners in style

Posted at 1:44 PM by Pete Madden

Golf Channel's Sunday coverage of the Barclays has revealed a brewing bromance between two of the PGA Tour's most "colorful" golfers -- Rickie Fowler and Jonas Blixt.

Paired together in the final round, Fowler and Blixt teed off in matching orange Puma suits.


Fowler told the Golf Channel's Steve Burkowski that the stunt was Blixt's idea, though he wasn't sure whether the Swede would actually "man up and do it."

Blixt started the day at eight-under, four strokes back of leaders Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland and one ahead of fellow fashionplate Fowler.

August 11, 2013

Video: Snedeker hits wedge shots at Golf Channel reporter

Posted at 11:33 AM by

We knew Golf Channel reporter Steve Sands could think on his feet. Now we know that he's pretty fast on his feet too. During Sands' Golf Channel report from the range at the PGA Championship, Brandt Snedeker began hitting soft wedge shots in Sands' direction. While Sneds didn't score a direct hit, he certainly got inside Sands' head. Check it out:

January 29, 2013

NBC and Golf Channel to air Phoenix Open simultaneously

Posted at 4:39 PM by Mike Walker

JohnnymillerThe Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale is so much fun that NBC Sports and Golf Channel are going to broadcast it twice.

The two networks are partners, both owned by corporate daddy Comcast, the cable giant. Golf Channel usually covers the early weekend golf before switching over to NBC Sports for the 3-6 p.m. Eastern time finish.

This weekend, however, Golf Channel will stay on the air from 3-5 p.m. Eastern to cover the action on TPC Scottsdale’s 15th, 16th and 17th holes while the regular NBC telecast with Johnny Miller [right] is on the air. The par-3 16th is one of the most famous par 3s in golf due to the wild and raucous crowds who cheer -- or boo -- every shot. Here's part of the press release:

While NBC is on the air live from 3-6 p.m. ET this weekend with traditional coverage, Golf Channel also will be on the air live with its Spotlight coverage, but focusing only on the challenging stretch that encompasses the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. The 15th hole is a par 5 that can be reached in two, making eagle chances well within the realm of possibility. The 16th hole is the famous par 3 – known as “The Coliseum” – which is completely surrounded by as many as 20,000 rowdy spectators and creating a raucous atmosphere akin to a football game. And, the par 4 17th hole can be reached from the tee, but several greenside hazards pose interesting choices for gambling pros. Golf Channel’s Spotlight coverage will conclude at 5 p.m. ET each day, when viewers will be directed to the final hour of NBC’s third- and final-round coverage.

Here’s a helpful schedule if you’ve got an itchy clicker-finger. And the Super Bowl starts at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

Thursday 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live traditional coverage)

Friday 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live traditional coverage)

Saturday 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live lead-in coverage)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC live traditional coverage)
Saturday 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live Spotlight coverage)

Sunday 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live lead-in coverage)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC live traditional coverage)
Sunday 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live Spotlight coverage)

[Photo: Getty Images]

January 23, 2013

How to watch PGA Tour events on your laptop or smartphone

Posted at 3:21 PM by Mike Walker

Live network coverage of the PGA Tour is coming soon to a laptop or smartphone near you.

The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that it would offer a live stream of the CBS Sports' telecast of the Farmers Insurance Open this weekend and continue to simulcast PGA Tour events online for the rest of the season. Visitors to and will be directed to a co-branded video player to watch live streaming of CBS Sports’ third-round telecast on Saturday (3-6 p.m. ET) and fourth-round telecast on Sunday (3-6:30 p.m. ET). The live streaming this weekend also will be available on PGA TOUR platforms as well as CBS Sports and CBS SportCaster applications for the iPhone, Android and iPad. CBS also will have a mobile web-based player available at

Golf Channel and NBC Sports coverage will also be available online at next week's Waste Management Phoenix Open, although only people whose cable companies carry the Golf Channel will be able to watch the Golf Channel's coverage online. NBC Sports' broadcasts -- like the CBS Sports broadcasts -- will be available to all Internet subscribers in the United States. The online streaming will not be accessible overseas.

All Golf Channel, through TV Everywhere availability, and NBC telecasts also will be streamed throughout the 2013 season, with Golf Channel available to multichannel video subscribers, and NBC’s weekend coverage of 12 FedExCup tournaments fully available beginning with next week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Golf Channel is televising the early rounds for all 30 FedExCup tournaments on NBC and CBS, as well as all four rounds for six tournaments.

CBS Sports also covers the Masters, which does its own streaming on the website and the tournament's associated apps.

“This is a significant milestone in the PGA Tour’s digital history,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a written statement. “We are excited to work with CBS Sports to bring live PGA Tour action online, and look forward to continuing our efforts with CBS, NBC and Golf Channel to develop ways golf fans can access live coverage of the PGA Tour from wherever they are.”

January 16, 2013

Watch Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy live in Abu Dhabi

Posted at 1:41 PM by

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods in Abu Dhabi (Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are kicking off their 2013 seasons this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Abu Dhabi is nine hours ahead of the East Coast of the U.S., so you'll have to seek out Golf Channel at some odd hours if you want to watch live. Below is the broadcast schedule (all times Eastern ).

Wednesday, January 16: Golf Channel 10:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. (continues on Thursday)

Thursday, January 17: Golf Channel 12:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Friday, January 18: Golf Channel 2:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 19: Golf Channel 4:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 20: Golf Channel 4:00 - 8:00 a.m.

January 08, 2013

Truth & Rumors: David Feherty to interview Phil Mickelson, Bobby Knight for talk show

Posted at 12:12 PM by Samantha Glover

FehertyGolf Channel talk show host David Feherty announced the guest stars for the third-season of his "Feherty" show on Monday, and it is strictly A-list, according to the Hollywood Reporter's Marisa Guthrie.

The third season of "Feherty" includes interviews with golfing icon Billy Casper – a 51-time winner on the PGA Tour and three-time major winner – at his Utah home. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who has been married to the same woman for 60 years (they have eleven children), Casper takes Feherty to a rehearsal of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Subsequent interviews include volatile, chair-throwing basketball coach Bobby Knight, golfers Jack Nicklaus, Paul Azinger, Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie, as well as PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Feherty also provided some entertainment for the members of the Television Critics Association.

He regaled gathered reporters with tales of his checkered past as an addict, his views on the game now (“golf is a depressing sport”; everyone who plays it has some form of PTSD), and his interviews with luminaries including Bill Clinton (who said it has been one of his “great dreams” to be interviewed by Feherty) and Samuel L. Jackson (“he has very little time for anyone who finds him impressive,” said Feherty).

(Photo: David Feherty in Pasadena, Calif, on Monday. Getty Images)
November 17, 2012

Long-drive champ Jamie Sadlowski destroys Golf Channel simulator

Posted at 2:28 PM by

There are so many great moments in this video. First "Morning Drive" host Gary Williams playfully jabs long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski before they hit into Golf Channel's fancy simulator.

"I don't let people come into my house and push me around," Williams crows. Then Sadlowski steps up and hits a drive so hard it blows through the net, and then through the screen of the simulator.

Williams then replies, "This contest is officially over!"

Related Video: Sadlowski's secret for more power

November 01, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Arnie to Rory: Play Bay Hill ... or else

Posted at 12:39 PM by Mark Dee

A high-spirited Arnold Palmer stopped by the Golf Channel's Morning Drive on Thursday, and he had a message for Rory McIlroy: Play Bay Hill…or else.

“I’m going to tell you something," Palmer joked during the interview, "If he doesn’t come and play Bay Hill, he might have a broken arm and he won’t have to worry about where he’s going to play next."

Don't mess with the King, kid.

That wasn't Palmer's only message to Rory: He also advised the World No. 1 not to rush his career, and  voiced his opinion on friendly rivalries -- something he and a guy named Jack know a lot about -- for McIlroy and Tiger Woods to take notes on.

RELATED: Arnold Palmer Homepage on

Watch the full 15-minute video below:

October 12, 2012

Truth & Rumors: NBC's weekend audience up 45% in 2012

Posted at 10:53 AM by Mark Dee

Memo to PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem: Send Rory a fruit basket. And one for Tiger, too.

The commish should be thanking his lucky -- and compelling -- stars for this year's TV ratings, which were way, way up over last year across all channels that broadcast the Tour, according to Austin Karp of Sports Business Journal.

Just how big a jump are we talking? Check out the chart that accompanied Karp's article below:

Screen shot 2012-10-12 at 8.39.45 AM

For NBC, the 3.42 million viewer average for weekend rounds marks the highest since their current contract began back in 2007. That contract gives NBC weekend coverage of some of the Tour's biggest tournaments, including the Memorial, the Players and, of course, the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Those were made for more compelling television this year than last, when Tiger Woods missed three months of the season, and the Woods/McIlroy rivalry/lovefest wasn't relevant atop the tour.

All that aside, somewhere you just know Johnny Miller is saying, "You're welcome."

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