Written by DOUG FERGUSON, AP golf writer
Joe Buck returned to golf in his second major tournament, this time at the PGA Championship with ESPN. He will share his space with people like Fred Couples and Charles Barkley, and Peyton and Eli Manning will definitely come forward.
Buck leads, meaning “ManningCast” next week in the Southern Hills.
ESPN, which has rights to the PGA Championship with extended coverage on ESPN + during the week, says the replacement TV show will be created in collaboration with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions.
Buck, who hosted the US Open from 2015 to 2019 when it was on Fox Sports, will host the show with Michael Collins of ESPN. The Mannings will host at some point during the tournament, while other guests include Couples and Barkley, Troy Aikman, Josh Allen and actor Jon Hamm.
ManningCast received strong reviews last year during the film Monday Night Football.
“We loved doing‘ Monday Night Football ’with ESPN and the whole Omaha team was looking forward to producing alternative TV shows celebrating other sports,” Peyton Manning said. “The PGA Championship as one of the leaders in golf is a great place for our first game of golf and we look forward to working with Joe, Michael and everyone on the ESPN golf team.”
The replacement television program will be broadcast four hours a day in all four rounds. It will air from 1pm to 2pm on EDT on Thursday and Friday during the last hour of live broadcast on ESPN + and then move to ESPN2 for the last three hours (when coverage moves to ESPN). Over the weekend, Buck & Co. available from 9.00 to 10.00 on ESPN (live broadcast is on ESPN +) and then switches to ESPN + when the live broadcast is moved to ESPN by 13.00.
CBS Sports has the last six hours of TV shows over the weekend.
Earlier this year, ManningCast extended its contract with Monday Night Football, adding a fourth year until 2024. ESPN is in the third year of its 11-year PGA Championship television broadcasting agreement.
The Wells Fargo Championship had the weakest area since the tournament began in 2003, with Max Homa receiving 44 points for winning, less than 60 a year ago.
Was it a one-time move to TPC Potomac on Avenel Farm because the traditional city, Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, hosts the Presidents Cup later this year?
Or are the players still trying to figure out the schedule for the PGA Championship, which is now in its third year when it is played in May?
By this year, the Wells Fargo winner had at least 50 points on the scale three times: 2014 (one year after the greens were a weather wreck); 2017 (held at Eagle Point because the PGA was in Quail Hollow) and 2019 (the first year of the PGA Championship moves to May).
The winner of Wells Fargo received 60 points last year and maybe it was because of the location – the PGA Championship was on Kiawah Island, about 225 miles from Quail.
Next year is the PGA Championships on Oak Hill in Rochester, New York.
In the last two weeks, only one of the top 15 players has competed in the PGA Tour – Jon Rahm at the Mexican Open (won) and Rory McIlroy at Wells Fargo (fifth place). Both will play only once during the main tournaments.
The PGA Championship is next week, and AT&T Byron Nelson has four of the top 10 players and six of the top 15, starting with world No. 1 and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler (who is from Dallas).
Meanwhile, none of the top 15 players in the world will play more than twice in five weeks during major tournaments. Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama play AT&T Byron Nelson this week, their first Masters competition.
It will be eloquent to see what kind of field Wells Fargo will attract to Quail Hollow next year and whether less than a star field was more about TPC Potomac or more about Maya.
Now that the PGA Championship area has been determined, exceptions for the US Open are approaching. Every player among the top 60 in the world rankings after the PGA Championship will not have to go through qualifying.
That meant a small consolation prize for Keegan Bradley after his second place finish in the Wells Fargo Championship. Bradley has climbed 20 places to 44th and it is crucial to stay among the top 60 and avoid qualifying.
Lee Westwood (No. 64) and Bubba Watson (No. 66) are among those out of the top 60 and running out of time. Watson has played in every U.S. Open since 2011.
Also excluded are the top 60 from the world rankings on June 6 – Monday of the US Open.
The LPGA Tour will no longer allow student players to maintain their amateur status and compete in the final stages of tour qualifications.
The 2018 LPGA allowed students to compete in the Q Series – eight rounds in two weeks – and if they earned LPGA cards, wait until July to take over membership. This allowed them to finish college or spring semester. Jennifer Kupcho and Maria Fassi were two examples of this.
As of this year, students can still go through the early stages of Q-School, but they should become professionals if they qualify for the Q Series and try to earn a card.
Ricki Lasky, head of operations and operations for LPGA, said it was a level playing field. The LPGA made its decision based on contributions from LPGA players and the student community.
Actors who have already become professionals do not have another study semester to which they could return if they fail to do so, the freedom that student actors could have.
The key to the decision is to enable students in the early stages. Epson Tour status is guaranteed to anyone who reaches the final stage (Q-Series). This would allow them to compete in the development round and start making money for the LPGA card.
“Ensuring that all competitors have made the same choice as a professional player raises the Q Series competition and creates the most suitable opportunities for athletes at different stages of their careers,” Lasky said.
Kevin Kisner and his wife Brittany received the August University President’s Award for Charitable Support to Georgia Children’s Hospital. They pledged $ 5.3 million to help set up a center for pediatric development, behavioral health and well-being. … SH Kim has earned enough Korn Ferry Tour points to ensure the 23-year-old South Korean will have a PGA Tour card next season. Carl Yuan from China is the only player to have reached that level this year. … The Constellation Furyk & Friends debut at the PGA Tour Champions when it raised $ 1.7 million for local charities. … Wells Fargo Championship winner Max Homa is the first player to win the regular season PGA Tour twice on different tracks from Brandt Snedeker at the 2007 Wyndham Championships in Forest Oaks and 2018 at Sedgefield. Homa won at Quail Hollow in 2019 and TPC Potomac this year. … Ludvig Aberg of Texas Tech, Sam Bennett of Texas A&M and Eugenio Chacarra of Oklahoma are three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, which receives the best college golfer in the state. The winner will be announced on May 23, and next year will receive an exception for the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial.
The last five big champions in the Southern Hills are at the World Golf Hall of Fame.
“If I continue to put myself in these positions, I have a feeling I hope to convert one of them.” – Keegan Bradley, who failed to change his last four 54-hole advantage on the PGA Tour.
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