Golf may be an afterthought now that the Ryder Cup is over, but Golf Channel has tournaments from four tours this weekend. There’s the PGA Tour with its Fall Series, the LPGA, Champions and European Tours all in action and Golf Channel will be on top of all of it with complete start to finish coverage. Here’s the breakdown of everything golf this weekend.
Golf Channel Live Tournament Coverage: Oct. 7-10PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour Coverage to Feature Players Mic’d UpPGA TOUR Fall Series Heads to St. Simons Island at the McGladrey ClassicChampions Tour’s Final Major at Constellation Energy Senior Players ChampionshipBattle for LPGA World No. 1 Continues at the Navistar LPGA ClassicWorld-Class Field and Celebrities Team Up at Alfred Dunhill Links ChampionshipThe McGladrey ClassicDates: Oct. 7-10Venue: Seaside Course, Sea Island Golf Club, St. Simons Island, Ga.Airtimes (Eastern):Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live)/8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live)/8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)/8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)/8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)Golf Channel Tournament Broadcast Team:Terry Gannon (Play by Play)Frank Nobilo (Analyst)Peter Oosterhuis (Tower)Matt Gogel (Tower)Jerry Foltz (On Course)Mike Ritz (Interviews)Broadcast Notes:
- Davis Love III Mic’d Up – Continuing a test with PGA TOUR players with microphones in 2010, Golf Channel will fit PGA TOUR professional Davis Love III with a microphone during Thursday’s opening round of coverage. Viewers will have the opportunity to eavesdrop on conversations between Love and his caddy throughout the opening round of play.Navistar LPGA ClassicDates: Oct. 7-10Venue: The Senator Course, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Prattville, Ala.Airtimes (Eastern):Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)Saturday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)Sunday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)Golf Channel Tournament Broadcast Team:Tom Abbott (Play by Play)Beth Daniel (Analyst)Kay Cockerill (Tower)Charlie Rymer (Tower)Val Skinner (On Course)Stephanie Sparks (On Course)Broadcast Notes:
- Amanda Blumenherst Mic’d Up – LPGA Tour professional Amanda Blumenherst will be fitted with a microphone during Thursday’s tournament coverage and also will be the network’s Spotlight Player.
- At the Turn and Walk and Talk Featured – Val Skinner and Stephanie Sparks will interview players as they are walking the fairways during all four days of coverage as part of the network’s Walk and Talk feature. On the weekend, they will interview players between holes 9 and 10 in the At the Turn feature.
- Battle for No. 1 Continues: Rolex Rankings No. 1 Ai Miyazato and No. 3 Cristie Kerr headline a field that includes No. 6 Na Yeon Choi, No. 8 In-Kyung Kim and No. 10 Paula Creamer. Creamer, the reigning U.S. Open champion, will make her first appearance in Prattville.Constellation Energy Senior Players ChampionshipDates: Oct. 7-10Venue: TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md.Airtimes (Eastern):Thursday 1-3 p.m. (Live)Friday 1-3 p.m. (Live)Saturday 12:30-3 p.m. (Live)Sunday 12:30-3 p.m. (Live)Golf Channel Tournament Broadcast Team:Brian Hammons (Play by Play)Curt Byrum (Analyst)John Mahaffey (Tower)Dave Marr (Tower)Billy Ray Brown (On Course)Donna Caponi-Byrnes (On Course)Broadcast Notes:
- Season’s Final Major – An elite field headlines the Champions Tour’s final major of the year, including Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Fred Funk, Corey Pavin, Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Hale Irwin and Tom Watson.
- Langer Going for Three Major Victories – Bernhard Langer will attempt to match Jack Nicklaus as the only Champions Tour professional to win three major championships in one season.
- Homecoming for Funk – The Maryland native and former University of Maryland golf coach returns to a familiar venue and will attempt to equal Langer’s achievement in 2010 by winning back-to-back Champions Tour majors.Alfred Dunhill Links ChampionshipDates: Oct. 7-10Venue: Kingsbarns Golf Links, Kingsbarns, ScotlandCarnoustie Golf Links, Angus, ScotlandOld Course, St. Andrews Golf Club, St. Andrews, ScotlandAirtimes (Eastern):Thursday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)Sunday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)Golf Channel Tournament Broadcast Team:Todd Lewis (Studio Host)Dougie Donnelly (Play by Play)Ken Brown (Analyst)Dominik Holyer (Tower)Julian Tutt (On Course)Rich Lerner (Booth Analyst, Golf Central Reporter)Broadcast Notes:
- Rich Lerner Joins Broadcast Team – Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner will join the broadcast team in Scotland, serving as a booth analyst on Thursday and Saturday and reporting for Golf Central throughout the week
- World-Class Field: Nine members of the successful European Ryder Cup Team and captain Colin Montgomerie headlines the world-class field that also includes three-time major champion Ernie Els, two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, major champions Michael Campbell, Paul Lawrie and John Daly, who returns to the site of his 1995 Open Championship victory.
- Sports and Entertainment Celebrities Featured – International celebrities will compete this week, including Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Grant, Kyle MacLachlan, Huey Lewis and Michael Flatley. Sporting legends from the world of soccer, tennis, soccer and skiing are also scheduled to compete.
- Unique Tournament Format – Contested on three of the world’s best known and respected courses – the Old Course at St. Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns Golf Links – 168 teams consisting of one professional and one amateur will play the first three rounds on the three courses in rotation. The top-60 professionals and ties, plus the 20 leading teams, will play the final round at the Old Course at St. Andrews on Sunday.
And we’ll end it there for the night.