Saturday, March 17, 2018

Rahm, Fleetwood, Leishman & Perez to Join WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Bracket Special

90-Minute Live Special on Golf Channel to Originate from Austin’s Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt; Bracket Drawn Before Live Audience to Reveal Group Matches

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Four of the top-20 players in the world, Jon Rahm (No. 3), Tommy Fleetwood (No. 11), Marc Leishman (No. 16) and Pat Perez (No. 19) are scheduled to join the live World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play Bracket Special on Monday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. The 90-minute live primetime special will originate from Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas, and feature golf’s own version of a March bracket-style tournament selection format under the guidance of PGA TOUR competition officials.
Being staged at Austin Country Club Wednesday-Sunday, March 21-25, the 64-man WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play field will learn their match opponents for round-robin play (Wednesday-Friday) during Monday night’s special from inside the hotel’s Ladybird Ballroom. The show also will feature several special guests taking part in the selection process, including:
· Ben Crenshaw & Tom Kite, World Golf Hall of Fame members and former University of Texas standouts
· Roger Clemens, seven-time Cy Young Award winner
· Mack Brown, former University of Texas national championship-winning football coach
· Earl Campbell, former University of Texas and 1977 Heisman trophy-winning running back
· Luke Wilson, award-winning actor
· Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas
· Michael Dell, Founder & CEO of Dell Technologies

Ryan Burr will host the show, with Brandel Chamblee and Tim Rosaforte offering insight and analysis on the field as each group is unveiled. Todd Lewis and Cara Banks will conduct interviews with players in attendance.

Selection Format
The top seed for each of the 16 four-player groups will be filled by the top 16 players in the field by order of their position in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). Subsequently, the remaining three players in each group will be determined by a blind draw from three separate pools based on each player’s overall standing in the OWGR. Each four-player group will compete in round-robin matches amongst one another Wednesday through Friday. The player with the best record in each group advances to the Round of 16 for single-elimination match play.

Below is an example of how the seeding process could play out Monday night:
- No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson would be the No. 1 seed in the tournament given his standing in the OWGR. He would be the No. 1 seed in group 1.

The final three spots in his group would be randomly drawn from the pools below:
- Pool B – Players seeded 17-32
- Pool C – Players seeded 33-48
- Pool D – Players seeded 49-64

Group 1 example
- Player A – Dustin Johnson (Ranked No. 1)
- Player B – Xander Schauffele (Ranked No. 24)
- Player C – Tony Finau (Ranked No. 34)
- Player D – Charl Schwartzel (Ranked No. 52)

As the show progresses, completed groups will be posted live to and fans will be able to follow analysis and commentary throughout the draw. A live stream of the show also will be available on Golf Channel Digital, the PGA TOUR mobile app and on

Live Tournament Coverage: Wednesday-Sunday, March 21-25

NBC Sports Group will feature nearly 35 live hours of tournament coverage from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Golf Channel will carry live coverage of round robin matches Wednesday-Friday, March 21-23. On Saturday, March 24, Golf Channel will provide coverage of the Round of 16, followed by the Quarterfinals matches airing on NBC. On Sunday, March 25, Golf Channel will showcase the Semifinals matches, followed by the Championship and Consolation matches airing on NBC.

The tournament broadcast team will include Terry Gannon and Nick Faldo (Golf Channel), along with Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller (NBC) positioned in the 18th tower. For telecasts on both networks, Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen will report from tower positions, while Roger Maltbie, David Feherty, Notah Begay, Jim “Bones” Mackay and Steve Sands will follow the matches on the ground as on-course reporters, and Jimmy Roberts will provide essays.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Kapalua Golf's Plantation Course to Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Enhancement

(Maui, Hawaii) – Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course, annually rated as a top 100 golf course in the world and consistently ranked as the “Best Golf Course You Can Play” in Hawaii, will undergo a multi-million dollar enhancement project aimed at refining and revitalizing the 27-year-old golf course. On-course work is expected to begin in February of 2019 and be completed in November 2019.

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the original Plantation Course design team, will assist with the extensive course refinement project. In addition, Troon’s Design/Development/Agronomy team, as well as long-time Maui resident and Golf Channel personality Mark Rolfing, will also work on the project. Enhancements will include: resurfacing all greens with Tif Eagle Bermuda; renovating every bunker on the golf course; and re-grassing tees, fairways and roughs with state-of-the-art Celebration Bermuda turf. New tee complexes will also be added, including additional forward tees to help increase guest enjoyment and several new tournament tees will also be built on key holes to further test the world’s best PGA TOUR professionals during the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

“We look forward to the opportunity to restore many elements of the Plantation Course and implement a few ‘refinements’,” said Bill Coore. “It’s like when you have a special piece of art, or something really special to you, and you get a chance to dust if off and make it new again. This will be a very thoughtful restoration and refining process, but it’s not a redesign. We are very happy with the way the course looks and the way it has gone through the past nearly three decades.”

In addition to the Plantation Course enhancements during 2019, Kapalua will begin three other significant projects this summer (2018), including:
- Upgrading/renovating the Plantation Golf Shop
- Relocate the Bay Course Operations and Golf Shop to the Village Center, providing an even better “sense of arrival” for guests playing the Bay Course
- Redesign and modernize the Kapalua Golf Academy practice facility

“We are confident that these numerous enhancements will continue to strengthen the Plantation Course’s position as the top golf course in Hawaii and support further upward progression in Top 100 rankings,” said Alex Nakajima, general manager, Kapalua Golf & Tennis. “All of our upcoming enhancements are geared toward improving the overall golf experience for our guests, while also ensuring the Sentry Tournament of Champions remains a top stop on the PGA TOUR. We’ll be excited to show off the newly refined Plantation Course to those playing in the tournament in January of 2020.”

For more information on Kapalua Golf, visit or call 1-877-KAPALUA.

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39th U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor 100-Day Countdown Begins

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) – The countdown has begun. March 17 marks 100 days until the start of the 39th U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor. This United States Golf Association (USGA) National Championship will begin staged on The Broadmoor East Course Monday, June 25 through Sunday, July 1. The Senior Open will serve as the capstone event of The Broadmoor’s year-long Centennial Celebration.

U.S. Senior Open Updates:
- Elway: 2018 U.S. Senior Open Honorary Chair, John Elway, will attempt to qualify at The Broadmoor on Monday, May 28.
- Corporate Hospitality: 94% of the hospitality inventory has been sold due to a tremendous response from local, regional and national companies. A limited number of custom packages remain available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Tickets: Tickets have been purchased by fans in 47 states. A variety of ticket options, including the recent release of the Medalist Package (including a Broadmoor Centennial commemorative coin), are available for purchase on the championship website.
- Kids in Free: The championship provides all kids, 17 and under, free admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Kids are encouraged to visit the junior tent located in the main entrance where they can get a complimentary golf lesson and information about junior golf programs.
- Military Ticket Discount: All Active Duty, Retirees, Active Reserve, and Veterans of any branch of service and immediate dependents receive complimentary admission on Monday, June 25th for Military Day at The Open (MDO) and 50% off gallery ticket options for the remainder of the week.

Details are available on the championship website.
- Television Coverage: FOX Sports will provide five days of live coverage including primetime exposure Thursday, June 28 through Sunday, July 1.
- Volunteers: 98% of the volunteer positions needed are currently full.  Applications are still being accepted for juniors ages 13-17. To register please visit the championship website and use code “Junior.”

“The countdown to the celebration of the century is on,” said Russ Miller, Broadmoor Director of Golf. “Golf’s greatest test will definitely be the highlight of The Broadmoor’s Centennial Celebration. The excitement for the championship continues to grow each and every day.”

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South Carolina Golf Border Crossings

Golf fans traveling to Augusta and Hilton Head Island during the next few weeks can hone their games on numerous outstanding links across South Carolina

(March 2018) — For golf fans, the dawning of spring truly marks the beginning of the golf season as well. The ball gets rolling with the granddaddy of them all, the Masters at Augusta National; then continues southeast to the coast and Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the player- and fan-favorite alike, the RBC Heritage.

Savvy golfers interested in not only watching the professionals, but also playing outstanding courses will find themselves in one of the game’s most golf-rich states. From the Lowcountry to the Upstate, South Carolina offers numerous memorable golfing experiences.

Resort Report
Located 144 miles from Augusta on Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is where college stars such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson demonstrated their early prowess during the resort’s longtime intercollegiate golf tournament played over two of its three outstanding courses by a trio of legends in golf course architecture: the renowned Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, the Arthur Hills Course and the Fazio course, designed by George Fazio and his nephew, famed architect Tom Fazio – all three of which have been named South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year.” For short-term and long-term accommodations, Palmetto Dunes offers the island’s premier selection of vacation rental properties from oceanfront hotel rooms to spacious villas overlooking the harbour, lagoon, fairways or beach.

Old Favorites
A regional duo (Old 96 District and Olde English District) offers up some of its finest golf where small towns, medium prices and big-name course architects harmoniously blend together. Along the way, you’ll learn plenty of rich Revolutionary War history, experience Civil War intrigue and play two state park gems at Cheraw State Park Golf Course and Hickory Knob State Park. Located 55 miles from Augusta, the Inn on the Square in downtown Greenwood offers multi-round packages with free shuttle service, full breakfast each morning and discounts at its Carriage House Dining or the Fox & Hound Lounge. Meanwhile, the Olde English District boasts the highly acclaimed Camden Country Club (Donald Ross 1903) and Rock Hill Country Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1934) and various packages.

America’s Value Golf Destination
For more than a half-century, traveling enthusiasts making their way through South Carolina along I-95 (and nearby I-26) have taken advantage of Santee’s excellent golf, superb fishing, affordable accommodations, and outstanding food and entertainment. Upscale premium green fees are nowhere to be found and dollars definitely do go further in Santee. For about $60 per day during the off-season guests can play golf with a cart, enjoy accommodations and a hearty breakfast. Santee offers — all in one I-95 exit — three lakeside golf courses with an additional 14 layouts within a half-hour drive.

Private Matters
One of the game’s most positive stories during the past decade has been the emergence of McConnell Golf, which now owns a dozen 18-hole, private golf courses plus one nine-hole course around the Carolinas and Tennessee. Musgrove Mill in Clinton S.C., serves as a tribute to pure golf and a great day-trip for any golfer wanting to tackle one of golf’s finest tests — a sanctuary for golfers to eat and rest their heads after their rounds.

Skillfully designed within the surrounding countryside by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, the highly decorated Musgrove Mill is indeed off the beaten path — a special getaway reminiscent of Pine Valley in Clementon, N.J. “The Mill” features cottages for overnight accommodations, a first-rate practice facility, full-service clubhouse with a private chef, and historic significance as a former Revolutionary War battle site. Boasting a small, select membership, no tee times, and a secluded, natural course layout, The Mill is the ideal destination for the accomplished golfer.

Ray Allen, Jon Lester & Mark Calcavecchia join "Feherty," Monday at 9 p.m. ET

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Ray Allen (two-time NBA champion), Jon Lester (three-time World Series champion) and Mark Calcavecchia (13-time PGA TOUR winner) will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

The episode (filmed in Orlando) will feature a roundtable discussion focusing on topics such as:
· Handling the pressure associated with the biggest stages in sports
· Coaches/managers they’ve encountered, and how they’ve influenced their careers
· Golf’s influence on a professional athlete in another sport
· Most memorable victories in their respective careers
· Players they emulated and most admired on their journey to becoming a professional athlete

To preview the episode, Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will conduct a Facebook Live presented by Farmers Insurance on Monday at 3 p.m. ET, where she’ll be joined by Feherty show producers. Fans wishing to follow along can access via Golf Channel’s Facebook page:

The following Monday (March 26), Feherty will be joined by a trio of PGA TOUR winners: Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner, and Pat Perez at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Shotmakers and Driver vs. Driver.

Bobby Weed’s 2018 Golf Gig, in Support of HEAL Foundation, a Success

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida) – Bobby Weed, CEO of Bobby Weed Golf Design ( and founder of the HEAL (Helping Enrich Autistic Lives) Foundation (, has confirmed the success of the 2018 “Bobby Weed’s Golf Gig,” a golf tournament and associated events held Feb. 22-23 to benefit the HEAL Foundation, a local non-profit organization assisting organizations, camps, and schools serving those with autism in Northeast Florida.

“The Golf Gig was well attended again this year,” Weed said, “and the TPC Sawgrass staff did an outstanding job of hosting our golf tournament, as they do every year. Players included a great mix of dedicated HEAL supporters, parents of special-needs children, donors, sponsors and golf-industry representatives.

“Our HEAL staff, particularly Jason Gurka and Jodi Voy, worked seamlessly with the TPC staff to ensure a top-caliber tournament. Leslie and I appreciate the strong support and donations to assist our cause here in Northeast Florida.”

Weed and his wife, Leslie, who in 2004 co-founded the HEAL Foundation, have a profoundly autistic non-verbal daughter.

This year, 300 guests attended the Gala, and 84 golfers played in the tournament. A live auction raised $110,000, and the total amount raised, including scholarships, was over $220,000.

The scramble tournament, concluding with an awards luncheon in the TPS Sawgrass Clubhouse, was held Feb. 23 on Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, co-designed by Pete Dye and Bobby Weed, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Through the years, Pete Dye and Deane Beman have served as tournament co-hosts with Weed.

“We are most grateful for the heartfelt, generous support of this event and for HEAL,” said Leslie Weed. “The real winners are those affected by autism and their families.”

The HEAL Foundation has granted over $2 million locally, assisting thousands of children, teens and adults through specialized programs, camps, educational enhancements and service dogs, as well as iPads, giving individuals with autism, a voice.

PXG Announces New Iron Technology

(Scottsdale, AZ) –  PXG, the luxury performance golf equipment company that disrupted industry norms with its bold approach to product development and distribution, has announced it will release a new generation of iron technology. Three years in the making, PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons improve on PXG’s already outstanding clubs in every measurable way.

In 2015, PXG introduced its groundbreaking original 0311 iron technology. The company had 12 employees and a singular vision – develop the world’s finest golf equipment. Today, PXG has more than 170 employees and a global footprint, but its vision has not shifted.

With performance as PXG’s only measure for success, the company took its time and left nothing on the table in the development of its GEN2 Irons. Through innovations in materials, technology and customization, PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons deliver better turf interaction, greater distance, faster ball speeds, higher launch and improved accuracy.

“It’s a tall task creating a club that is better than the best, but that’s our commitment,” said PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “PXG will never release a new club that is not notably better than what we currently offer. And we believe, PXG GEN2 Irons set a new standard for the world’s finest.”

Forged from 8620 soft carbon steel, for enhanced aesthetics and durability over time, PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons have the sleek look of a blade and a buttery-soft feel.

“The difference is noticeable,” FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel stated. “The new irons setup beautifully, with a little less offset and a thinner top line. They feel amazing and are incredibly consistent.”

Each club also features a hidden cavity injection molded with new COR2 Technology, a proprietary vibration dampening material with explosive C.O.R. (coefficient of restitution) properties. Combined with PXG’s new internal face perimeter cut-out design, which dramatically increases the functional face area, COR2 Technology helps deliver higher ball speeds, a more consistent response, improved accuracy, and an exceptional feel at impact.

To maximize performance and deliver extreme forgiveness, PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons present the world’s thinnest club face and PXG’s signature perimeter weighting technology.

Two-time major champion Lydia Ko shared, “I absolutely love the feel through the ball with the new irons, and my ball flight is consistently higher. The clubs are so forgiving on mishits that my distance isn’t really affected.”

“GEN2 irons have somehow improved on an iron that I thought would be nearly impossible to improve. And, PXG improved them in every way,” five-time PGA TOUR winner Ryan Moore added. “The clubs went in my bag immediately!”

Designed to meet the needs of golfers at every level, PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons will be available in four collections – Tour (T), Players (P), Xtreme Forgiveness (XF), and Super Game Improvement (SGI).

PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons are $400 a stick for Chrome and $500 for Xtreme Dark, a black diamond-like carbon coating. Purchased through PXG, price includes a custom fitting with a PXG Master Fitter, access to an extensive matrix of premium shafts and array of grip options.

PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons will be available April 19, 2018. To learn more or to pre-schedule a fitting, visit