GOLF CHANNEL TO DEVOTE NEARLY 50 HOURS OF NEWS COVERAGE TO THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

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“The combination of the intimidating look of it [the course], the demands of it toward the finish, the pressure of a PGA Championship, combined with the possibility of some severe weather, there’s a likelihood that we are going to see a meltdown similar to what we saw in the 1991 Ryder Cup.” –Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee

“I don’t care how experienced you are, the last four or five holes, when you turn around at 14 and go back to the clubhouse, the wheels can easily come off.” — Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo

“He’s a volcano waiting to erupt. I really think this guy has the makings of going on and being a multiple major championship winner.” — Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, on defending PGA Champion Keegan Bradley

ORLANDO, Fla. – August 3, 2012 – Golf Channel will present nearly 50 hours of news coverage from the PGA Championship at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C., featuring live news reports, inside analysis, player interviews, special guest appearances and compelling features surrounding the final men’s major championship of 2012.

NEARLY 50 HOURS OF NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel’s wraparound news coverage of the PGA Championship will be headlined by Live From the PGA Championship, the network’s signature news program from golf’s major tournaments. Coverage will begin Monday with an hour-long preview show at 6 p.m. ET and conclude Sunday with a two-hour recap show following the conclusion of the championship. Live From the PGA Championship will originate from two sets at The Ocean Course – the main stage overlooking the clubhouse and a roundtable set on the driving range. Live From coverage Tuesday and Wednesday will include pre-tournament news conferences in the afternoon, followed by shows in primetime each evening. Thursday-Sunday, Live From will deliver wraparound news coverage before and after tournament play. Morning Drive, the network’s live, weekday morning show, will expand to seven days next week, featuring daily guests from The Ocean Course. The Grey Goose 19th Hole will broadcast live from the golf course at a special time on Wednesday (6-7 p.m. ET) featuring a round-table discussion previewing the hot topics heading into Thursday’s opening round. Michael Breed will host a special The Golf Fix on Monday at 7 p.m. ET live from The Ocean Course driving range.

NEWS CONFERENCES: Live From the PGA Championship news conference shows will air Tuesday and Wednesday from Noon-3 p.m. ET, featuring live news conferences from The Ocean Course.

LIVE FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULED FEATURES FOR THE WEEK:
· Nobilo Goes Tee to Green at The Ocean CourseFrank Nobilo scouted The Ocean Course layout and will host several short features that will provide insight about course changes since the 1991 Ryder Cup, along with the key holes and shots players will face during the PGA Championship.
· Rich Lerner Essay on 10-Year Anniversary of Rich Beem’s PGA Championship VictoryRich Lerner will take a look back at Rich Beem’s PGA Championship win at Hazeltine 10-years ago and what the victory meant to Beem. Lerner’s essay will include video and interviews from Beem’s post-PGA Championship celebration at El Paso Country Club in Sept. of 2002, when Lerner was on-hand to host the hour-long special on Golf Channel.
· PGA TOUR Professionals Sound off on Anchored PuttersTodd Lewis will bring a historical perspective to the origins of the anchored putter and will fast forward to the current debate on its use in professional golf. The feature, which will air on Wednesday’s primetime Live From the PGA Championship, will feature new interviews with PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and LPGA Tour professionals, as well as high level executives in the game.
· PGA of America Professional FeaturesGolf Channel will profile several members of the PGA of America who qualified for the PGA Championship next week.
· Rosaforte Sits Down with Defending Champion Keegan Bradley – Tim Rosaforte sat down with 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley to take a look back at his 2011 victory and how his life has changed since becoming a major champion.
· Get to Know Alvaro Quiros –Todd Lewis recently sat down with up-and-coming Spaniard Alvaro Quiros – who recorded two victories on the European Tour in 2011, including the season-ending Dubai World Championship – for a personality profile that will air during Live From coverage.

LIVE FROM BROADCAST TEAM: Notah Begay will return as a contributing analyst for Golf Channel’s PGA Championship news coverage from The Ocean Course. Golf Channel analysts David Feherty and Nick Faldo also will make appearances throughout the week. They will join the network’s Live From broadcast team that will include Steve Sands, Rich Lerner, Todd Lewis, Whit Watson, Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, Tim Rosaforte, Tripp Isenhour, Rex Hoggard, Jason Sobel, John Feinstein and Ken Schofield.

MORNING DRIVE EXPANDS TO SEVEN DAYS: Morning Drive will expand to seven days next week, featuring interviews, analysis, highlights and special guest appearances daily from the PGA Championship. Golf Channel newcomer Damon Hack will co-host Morning Drive Monday and Tuesday and on the weekend. 1977 PGA Champion Lanny Wadkins will make his Morning Drive debut as a co-host in-studio Wednesday-Monday, and 1978 PGA Champion John Mahaffey will co-host Wednesday and Thursday. They will join hosts Charlie Rymer, Gary Williams and Holly Sonders. Morning Drive also will feature live interviews from South Carolina on the Monday following the PGA Championship for reaction to the weekend’s tournament action.

WALL-TO-WALL DIGITAL COVERAGE: GolfChannel.com will feature expanded editorial content and interactive capabilities with fans timed to the PGA Championship, including:

Live Blogs & Chats
Jason Sobel and John Hawkins will host live chats on GolfChannel.com Thursday-Sunday to keep fans up to date as the action unfolds. Live chats will take place Thursday and Friday from 1-7 p.m. ET, and Saturday and Sunday from 4-7 p.m. ET.

Editorial Coverage
Jason Sobel, Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell, Ryan Lavner and Jay Coffin will contribute daily to GolfChannel.com’s Golf Talk Central blog, along with daily columns, news articles, features and breaking news.

Video
GolfChannel.com will air continuous highlights, news conferences, interviews and analysis from Morning Drive and Live From the PGA Championship throughout the week. GolfChannel.com also will post Live From the PGA Championship news shows in their entirety immediately following the conclusion of the original airing. Golf Channel contributor John Hawkins also will provide video recaps following the conclusion of his live chats and tournament action each day.

Live From the PGA Championship Programming (all times ET)

Monday, Aug. 6
Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m.
Live From the PGA Championship, 6-7 p.m.
The Golf Fix, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 7
Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m.
Live From the PGA Championship, noon-3 p.m. (news conferences)
Live From the PGA Championship, 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 8
Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m.
Live From the PGA Championship, noon-3 p.m. (news conferences)
Grey Goose 19th Hole, 6-7 p.m.
Live From the PGA Championship, 7-9 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, Aug. 9-10
Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m.
Live from the PGA Championship, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Live From the PGA Championship, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12
Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m.
Live From the PGA Championship, 9-11 a.m.
Live From the PGA Championship, 7-9 p.m.


GOLF CHANNEL TO DEVOTE NEARLY 50 HOURS OF NEWS COVERAGE TO THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP