November 09, 2012
SNEDEKER DEBUTS AS MORNING DRIVE GUEST HOST; TUESDAY NIGHT ORIGINALS RETURN WITH NEW BIG BREAK GREENBRIER, CHASING THE DREAM AND OUR LONGEST DRIVE EPISODES
Patriot Cup Highlights Special on Monday Honors Veterans Day Week
FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker Debuts as Morning Drive Guest Host Thursday
Relive Webb Simpson’s First Major Championship Win at the U.S. Open on Monday
Blackjack – Big Break Style – Awaits the Seven Remaining Competitors on Big Break Greenbrier
Biershenk and Anderson Continue their Quests for the PGA TOUR on Chasing the Dream
The Dedicated Journey to Play Golf at the Arctic Circle Continues on Our Longest Drive
Original Programming Premieres and Highlights
(All Times Eastern)
For the second consecutive year, Golf Channel will air an hour-long special during Veterans Day week on The Patriot Cup, a golf event benefiting families of our nation’s fallen and disabled service members. The Patriot Cup, presented by Budweiser and the Folds of Honor Foundation, premieres on Monday at 9 p.m. ET. Taped over Memorial Day Weekend at The Patriot Golf Course in Owasso, Okla., The Patriot Cup paired top PGA TOUR players, Champions Tour players and celebrities with members of the military in a Ryder Cup-style match pitting the Ground Pounders (Army/Marines/Navy) versus the Fly Boys (Air Force). The hour-long special, hosted by Rich Lerner with on-course commentary by David Feherty, combines event footage of golfers including Rickie Fowler, Tom Lehman, Gary Woodland, Corey Pavin and Peter Jacobsen with feature stories from Folds of Honor scholarship recipients.
2012 U.S. Open Highlights (New)
Airtime: Monday, 7-8 p.m. ET
Golf Channel continues its four-week series recapping golf’s major championships in 2012 on Monday with an hour-long U.S. Open Highlights special. Webb Simpson came from behind on the final day and outlasted a bevy of challengers, including Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, to claim his first major championship victory.
Big Break Greenbrier (Episode Six)
Airtime: Tuesday, 9-10 p.m.
Hosts: Tom Abbott, Stephanie Sparks
Derek Bohlen (Fountain Hills, Ariz. / Waterloo, Iowa)
Liam Friedman (Lackawanna, N.Y.)
Stuart Gold (West Haven, Utah)
Michael Tobiason (Wilmington, Del.)
Ray Beaufils (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia)
An early wake-up call for the seven remaining players puts them face to face with elimination right from the outset. Then, the competitors try their hand at Blackjack – Big Break style – where they attempt to play or bluff their way to safety and continue on the series.
Big Break Greenbrier features a cast of 12 accomplished golfers – several have multiple victories on the various mini tours all over the world, while others are resuming their golf careers after stepping away from competitive golf. The champion of Big Break Greenbrier will have the opportunity to put his career on the fast track with an invitation to compete in the 2013 Greenbrier Classic and more than $80,000 in cash and prizes.
Chasing the Dream (Episode Six)
Airtime: Tuesday, 10-10:30 p.m.
Starring: Robbie Biershenk, Chris Anderson
On a new episode of Chasing the Dream, Mick Jack, Chris Anderson’s best friend and coach, continues to work with him to sharpen his game, and comes to the realization that Anderson is not practicing as much as he should. Also during the episode, Anderson plays a practice round with his father at Bermuda Dunes in Palm Springs, the same course that he will play in an upcoming U.S. Open qualifying tournament. Meanwhile, Robbie Biershenk and Chris “Big Daddy” Patton play in an NGA Tour event in Columbia, S.C., where Biershenk’s short game continues to be his downfall.
Our Longest Drive (Episode Four)
Airtime: Tuesday, 10:30-11 p.m.
Starring: Vic Zast, Dan Johnson, Jim Thompson and Mike Allen
The journey continues through Alaska and Canada on Our Longest Drive, where after a brief stop in Alaska, the travelers head deeper into the Canadian woods, heading for Dawson City’s Top of the World Golf Course in the Yukon Territory.
Our Longest Drive follows Vic, Dan, Jim and Mike (whose ashes are along for the ride in a cherry wood box) on an adventure of a lifetime to the Arctic Circle for one last round of golf. All past retirement age, each with health issues and no previous experience traveling in an RV, these men are not ideally suited for the trek ahead. Nonetheless, each man shares a love of golf and for each other, and embraces a common goal to honor Mike with this journey.
Instruction Programming Premieres and Highlights
(All Times Eastern)
School of Golf (New)
Airtime: Wednesday, 7-7:30 p.m.
Chapter 33: Long Game Special
Host: Martin Hall
Co-Host: Holly Sonders
School of Golf host Martin Hall takes viewers on the course at Ibis Golf & Country Club for a Long Game Special. Hall gives tips and drills for key shots including playing from the rough, uneven lies and fairway bunker shots. Hall also shares two ways for playing one of golf's most difficult trouble shots. Holly Sonders assists with the instruction.
Big Break Academy (Putting)
Airtime: Tuesday, 11-11:30 p.m.
Host: Michael Breed
The latest player eliminated from Big Break Greenbrier joins Michael Breed on this putting special to share tips and drills that will help viewers make more putts and lower scores.
News and Talk Show Programming Premieres and Highlights
(All Times Eastern)
Airtimes: Monday-Friday, 7-9 a.m.
Guest Host: 2012 FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker (Thursday)
2012 FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker makes his Morning Drive host debut on Thursday, guest-hosting alongside Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam. Monday’s Morning Drive honors Veterans Day, with David Duval joining the show and discussing his support for the K9s for Warriors. Audio and video clips from each show are posted online daily, and live audio for Morning Drive is streamed online at www.GolfChannel.com/morningdrive.
On the Range (CME Group Titleholders)
Airtime: Wednesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Hosts: Gary Williams, Billy Harmon and Craig Harmon
Contributors: Alex Miceli (On site from CME Group Titleholders)
On the Range takes viewers through the preparation of the top players in the field at the season-ending event on the LPGA Tour, the CME Group Titleholders. Gary Williams hosts as Bill Harmon, Craig Harmon and Alex Miceli take viewers on the range with an in-depth look at practice routines, swing analysis and player interviews.
Live Airings: Monday, 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday-Sunday, 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central Pre Game
Live Airings: Thursday-Sundady, 1-1:30 p.m.
Golf Central and Golf Central Pre Game delivers the latest news, analysis and highlights from the world of golf throughout the week, including the CME Group Titleholders, the SA Open Championship, the Talisker Masters and the UBS Hong Kong Open.
-NBC Sports Group-