Golf Channel for Masters Week Schedule Of Events, Programming

TV Picks: April 5-12 tune in to Golf Channel for Masters Week, which kicks off Sunday with five hours of Live Coverage of the 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals from Augusta National Golf Club

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Earlier today, Golf Channel hosted a conference call to preview the Masters tournament and Golf Channel’s coverage surrounding the event, highlighted by Golf Central’s Live From the Masters, Morning Drive and live coverage of the 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals. On the call were analysts Brandel Chamblee, who will be part of the Live From the Masters team reporting from Augusta National; Peter Jacobsen, who will serve as lead analyst for the Drive, Chip & Putt telecast; and Chris DiMarco, who will be reporting from Augusta National for Morning Drive.  Some highlights of the call include:

On if Tiger Woods is risking anything mentally should he play in the Masters, given evidence of his short game so far this year:

Brandel Chamblee – “You know, I read where people said it wasn’t the yips.  Well, you can say ‑‑ you can call it whatever you want, but it’s catastrophically bad, what we saw. So to get past that on the most difficult place in the world to hit 100‑yard pitch shots, to hit 40‑yard, 30‑yard, any pitch shots, imagine the pin left on 3 and he’s off the back and he’s trying to cut it into that slope or run it up that slope, it’s the most difficult place in the world to hit pitch shots.”

Chris DiMarco – “If he does play Augusta, this is a make‑and‑break week for him, I think. Now you’re going to all these comfortable places that he’s used to, and if he goes out and stinks it up, I never thought I’d ever say it because I thought when I played with him he had the greatest mind ever, he was the strongest mind I’ve ever seen, but it’s getting mental, and if it doesn’t get fixed, I don’t know if he can overcome it.”

On if there is a changing of the guard on the PGA TOUR:

Peter Jacobsen – “I started on Tour 40 years ago, and at the time if Nicklaus didn’t play or Palmer didn’t play or Player didn’t play, everybody thought the Tour was going to fold its tent and go home, and here were these young guys by the name of Curtis Strange and Greg Norman and Tom Watson that were coming out, and we said, who are these guys, these guys are just pretenders, Ben Crenshaw. So you’re going to hear a rallying cry all the time, people that lament the fact that Tiger and Phil and the current stars aren’t playing as well or as often and who are these young upstarts, who is this Jordan Spieth, what is this young Tiger Woods, who is this young Patrick Reed. It’s a natural changing of the guard at all times.”

How Rory McIlroy’s path to major championships compares to Tiger Woods:

DiMarco – “I would have to say that the one glaring difference between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods is that Rory McIlroy is the best driver of the golf ball, and if he continues to do that in majors, he can dominate majors just with his driver. I think Tiger Woods 10, 12 years ago had never put a driver in his bag would probably have six more majors by now. I think the driver kept him out of winning probably some more majors. I think, again, we’re talking about a very young Rory McIlroy, but this guy is a champion, and he’s a frontrunner like Tiger Woods was. I wouldn’t say that he’s ahead of Tiger Woods because he’s got to win 10 more majors, but he’s certainly on the right path. “

Chamblee – “Jack Nicklaus’s record is a lock. Rory is not going to break that for a lot of different reasons. One, he’s just ‑‑ Tiger was incomprehensibly good at every part of the game, and Rory has got ‑‑ Rory is more like Seve. Rory has got holes in his game. He hits wild shots. He’s not as good with his mid irons. He’s not a great chipper, he’s not a great putter. Tiger was incomprehensibly good at all those things, and Jack was unbelievably good at every single part of the game with the exception of maybe hitting great pitch shots.”

Golf Channel’s coverage of the Masters begins Sunday, April 5, with live coverage of the Drive, Chip & Putt  Championship National Finals from Augusta National Golf Club. More than 50 hours of Golf Central’s Live From the Masters news coverage begins Monday and takes viewers through the conclusion of the Masters.

Highlights:

  • Masters Greats, Including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson and Raymond Floyd Expected to Join the Live From the Masters Set During the Week
  • Compelling Features Include an Intimate Portrait of Masters Defending Champion Bubba Watson’s Family Life; the Rise of Rory McIlroy; Tiger’s Dramatic – and Last – Masters Win in 2005; the Lore of Augusta National’s Famous 12th Hole; and More
  • GolfChannel.com Also Providing News, Features, Perspective and Analysis; Plus Video Reports from On-Air Personalities and GolfChannel.com Writers From Augusta
  • Coverage Culminates by Remembering Ben Crenshaw’s Special Relationship with the Masters in Golf Channel Films’ Premiere of Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET

Masters Week begins on Sunday, April 5, with live coverage of the 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals followed on Monday with the start of the network’s Golf Central Live From the Masters signature coverage. This year, Golf Channel will offer more than 80 total hours of live news and themed Masters programming from Augusta National Golf Club and Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando. The week will be capped on Monday, April 13, with the premiere of Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, the latest production by Emmy-nominated Golf Channel Films, which debuted the award-winning Arnie after last year’s Masters.

Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals

On the eve of the Masters Tournament, 80 national finalists – representing boys and girls from across the U.S. and Canada – will experience a thrill of a lifetime by competing at Augusta National Golf Club in the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals. Golf Channel will feature five hours of live coverage of the event, including an hour-long pre-game show at 8 a.m. ET followed by four hours of live competition beginning at 9 a.m. ET. The Drive, Chip & Putt Championship is a free, nationwide youth golf development open to boys and girls competing in separate skills divisions (driving, chipping, putting) in four age categories (7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15). Rich Lerner will provide play-by-play commentary, with Peter Jacobsen as lead analyst. Reporting from the field of competition will be Michael Breed, Charlie Rymer, Kay Cockerill, Steve Sands and Jimmy Roberts. Profiles on several of the national finalists will continue to air on Golf Channel leading up to the event.

Golf Central’s Live From the Masters

Golf Channel’s signature news coverage of golf’s biggest events will dominate the network’s programming schedule during Masters Week with more than 50 live hours featured throughout the day and in primetime. Anchoring Live From the Masters coverage from Augusta National Golf Club will be Rich Lerner, Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, Notah Begay, David Duval, Steve Sands, Mark Rolfing, Tim Rosaforte and Todd Lewis. Reporting from Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando will be Kelly Tilghman, Ryan Burr, Arron Oberholser, Tripp Isenhour and Jim Gallagher Jr.

Other guests scheduled to appear throughout the week include Masters champions Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd and Ben Crenshaw, who will be playing in his last Masters and has been a guest on Live From the Masters since 2009.

Live From the Masters Scheduled Features

Family Man – John Feinstein provides an inside look at how the golfer, Bubba Watson, became a family man.
Rory’s Rise – Steve Sands follows the story of Rory McIlroy’s rise to World No. 1, highlighted by an in-depth interview with McIlroy, as well as commentary by journalists who cover the game, including Golf Digest’s Jaime Diaz and the BBC’s Steve Watson.
The Grand Slam – Achieving the modern-day Grand Slam is most improbable for most professional golfers. But capturing all four major championships during the span of a career may be an aspiration for some. What is it about the elusive Grand Slam that captures our attention? Rich Lerner reports.
Gentle Ben – As a companion to Golf Channel Films’ Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, this feature covers Crenshaw’s last Masters and the special relationship he has had with Augusta National throughout his career.
The 12th – August National’s 12th hole, Golden Bell, has proven pivotal throughout the history of the Masters. Players and journalists will discuss what makes this hole so special and recall memorable moments.
Green Jacket Stories – Not unlike Lord Stanley’s Cup, a Masters Green Jacket can travel the world with its reigning champion. George Savaricas explores some of the best Green Jacket stories in history, with details about where it’s been and some of the ways it’s been showed off by its recipients.
Tiger 10 Years Later – It’s been 10 years since Tiger Woods won his fourth and final Masters, with a dramatic, playoff win over Chris DiMarco. During the intervening years, Woods has endured challenging times on and off the golf course. Rich Lerner remembers just how impressive Tiger was, and how he might regain the form that made him the most impressive athlete of his generation. Included are interviews with DiMarco, Michael Jordan and NFL Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Cris Carter.
Closer Look – Live From the Masters also will feature sit-down profiles with:
Rickie Fowler – yet to nab the big one, Fowler talks about getting tougher on the course and adopting a killer instinct that may lead him to his first major championship victory.
Jordan Spieth – find out what he learned from his near miss at last year’s Masters.
Jason Day – frequently on the cusp of a major championship, Day talks about his game and relationship with caddie Col Swatton.

Morning Drive

Morning Drive will kick off each morning of Masters Week with the latest news and commentary. Analysts Charlie Rymer and Chris DiMarco will be reporting live from Augusta National throughout the week. And Gary Williams, Damon Hack, Cara Robinson, Lauren Thompson and John Cook will be getting the day started from Studio AP at Golf Channel’s World Headquarters.

Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta

Throughout a Hall-of-Fame career, Ben Crenshaw’s special relationship with the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club is what he has held most dear. Golf Channel Films provides a life retrospective in Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, premiering Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET. Featuring interviews with family, friends and fellow pros – and behind-the-scenes footage with Crenshaw – the film also features rarely seen home movies and highlights of Crenshaw’s ’84 and ’95 Masters victories, punctuated by emotional stories of relationships with late teacher Harvey Penick and caddie Carl Jackson.

The Golf Fix: Conquering Augusta National

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air on Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m. ET and focus on how players in the Masters field can prepare for Augusta National Golf Club. Featured within the show: the keys to playing Augusta National’s par-5s, the proper trajectory for hitting out of Augusta’s greenside bunkers, and how to putt on the course’s fast-breaking greens.

Digital Coverage

GolfChannel.com will feature expanded coverage from its team of writers on-site in Augusta. Content will include news reports, feature stories and exclusive video from GolfChannel.com reporters and Golf Channel on-air personalities.

Masters Week Programming Air Times (all times ET):

Sunday, April 5

6-8 a.m. Morning Drive

8-9 a.m. Live from the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals

3-5 p.m. Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals (replay, subject to change per live tournament coverage)

Monday, April 6

7-9 a.m. Morning Drive

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals (replay, subject to change per news conference schedule)

1-5 p.m. Live From the Masters

5-6 p.m. Masters Highlights: 2005-Tiger Woods

6-7 p.m. The Golf Fix

7-8:30 p.m. Live From the Masters

Tuesday, April 7

7-9 a.m. Morning Drive

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Live From the Masters

7-9 p.m. Live From the Masters

Wednesday, April 8

7-9 a.m. Morning Drive

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Live From the Masters

6-9 p.m. Live From the Masters

Thursday, April 9

6-8 a.m. Morning Drive

8 a.m.-3 p.m. Live From the Masters

7:30-9:30 p.m. Live From the Masters

Friday, April 10

6-8 a.m. Morning Drive

8 a.m.-3 p.m. Live From the Masters

7:30-9:30 p.m. Live From the Masters

Saturday, April 11

6-9:30 a.m. Morning Drive

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Live From the Masters

7-9 p.m. Live From the Masters

Sunday, April 12

6-9:30 a.m. Morning Drive

9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Live From the Masters

7-9 p.m. Live From the Masters

Monday, April 13

10-11 p.m. Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta

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