Final Rounds of 2011 U.S. Open, World Golf Championship Events and Top 2011 PGA TOUR Finishes
Solheim Cup and Presidents Cup Final Days to Air Saturday and Sunday
Ring in 2012 at Stroke of Midnight with ‘New Year, New Rules’ Special
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 22, 2011 – Golf Channel’s primetime treat this holiday season are tournament replays of golf’s biggest moments from 2011 – from Adam Scott winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational amid a media frenzy, to Rory McIlroy capturing his first major championship at the U.S. Open to Bill Haas’ miraculous up-and-down from the water to win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Airing in primetime for the next two weeks, Golf Channel will air in its entirety the original airings of the final rounds of several top events during the 2011 season. Golf Channel also will revisit one of the greatest tournaments in recent memory – the 2008 U.S. Open – when Rocco Mediate and Tiger Woods gave everything they had in one of the most dramatic playoffs in history. The third and final rounds, as well as the Monday playoff, will air on consecutive nights, Wednesday-Friday (Dec. 28-30), at 7 p.m. ET.
“The overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received from the recent primetime tournament telecasts from Australia and Asia prompted us to add one last holiday treat for our viewers who have been so good to us this year. As part of this special holiday season, we’ll feature the memorable, playoff-fueled 2008 U.S. Open with Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate. The USGA was first to fully embrace primetime golf with West Coast U.S. Opens and this is the primetime event that our viewers have asked to see the most,” said Golf Channel President Mike McCarley.
At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, Golf Channel will ring-in 2012 with a Golf Central Special: New Year, New Rules. Hosted by Rich Lerner and Frank Nobilo, the show will introduce viewers to all of the changes to the Rules of Golf and the changes to golf’s “Rules of Amateur Status,” issued jointly by the USGA and the R&A in October. Thomas Pagel, senior director of rules of golf with the USGA, will be a special guest on the special to discuss the new rules changes, and also will answer five frequently asked questions by golfers who play every day.
Golf Channel Tournament Replays Airtimes
2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – Final Round
Thursday, 8-11 p.m. ET
In one of the most-watched tournaments of the year, Adam Scott fended off the media frenzy surrounding his caddie Steve Williams and Tiger Woods to claim his eighth victory on the PGA TOUR and securing a position into the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
2011 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola – Final Round
Friday, 8-11 p.m. ET
Producing one of the most riveting final rounds in the history of the tournament, Bill Haas converted a miraculous up-and-down from the water during a playoff with Hunter Mahan to take home the TOUR Championship trophy and was crowned 2011 FedExCup Champion.
2011 Solheim Cup – Final Day
Saturday, Noon-6 p.m. ET
With the score tied 8-8 going into the final day of competition at The Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in Ireland, the outcome came down to the final three matches, where Team Europe regained the Cup with a 15-13 victory over Team U.S.A.
2011 Presidents Cup – Final Day
Sunday, Noon-6 p.m. ET
Captain’s Pick Tiger Woods secured the clinching point during the final day of The Presidents Cup to ensure the Cup will return to the U.S. following a 19-15 victory over the International Team.
2011 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic – Final Round
Saturday, 8-11 p.m. ET
World No. 1 Luke Donald capped off a memorable 2011 PGA TOUR season with a victory at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, securing top honors on the 2011 PGA TOUR Money List. The PGA TOUR’s 2011 finale also featured memorable storylines on players battling to retain their PGA TOUR cards for 2012.
2011 U.S Open – Final Round
Sunday, 8-11 p.m. ET
Rory McIlroy set or tied 12 U.S. Open records as a result of his victory at the 2011 U.S. Open, including becoming the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923 and the first player in U.S. Open history to reach 17-under-par.
2011 Tavistock Cup – Day One
Monday, 7-11:30 p.m. ET
Day one of the annual matches between two of Orlando’s top country clubs – Isleworth Golf & Country Club and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.
2011 Tavistock Cup – Final Day
Tuesday, 7-11:30 p.m. ET
Day two of the annual matches between two of Orlando’s top country clubs – Isleworth Golf & Country Club and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
2008 U.S. Open – Round Three
Wednesday, 7-11:30 p.m. ET
Third round of the 2008 U.S. Open from Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif, where Tiger Woods, despite struggling with a knee injury, dazzled on the back nine with improbable shots, resulting in two eagles and a chip-in birdie from the 17th hole to take a one-stroke lead.
2008 U.S. Open – Final Round
Thursday, 7-11:30 p.m. ET
Final round of the 2008 U.S. Open from Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif., where Tiger Woods birdied his 72nd and final hole to force a Monday playoff with Rocco Mediate.
2008 U.S. Open – Monday Playoff
Friday, 7-11 p.m. ET
The first U.S. Open playoff since 2001 featured dramatics and a back-and-forth match between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate, forcing a sudden-death playoff after both players shot even par for the round. Woods recorded a par on the first hole of sudden death to Mediate’s bogey, sealing victory.
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