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Saturday, May 28, 2022

‘Manningcast’ comes to golf as PGA gets alternate broadcast

Joe Buck is back in golf, this time with ESPN for the PGA Championship. He’ll share his space with the likes of Fred Couples and Charles Barkley, and Peyton and Eli Manning will be sure to leave.

Buck is next week’s equivalent of a “manningcast” in the Southern Hills.

ESPN, which owns the weekday rights to the PGA Championship with expanded coverage on ESPN+, says the alternate broadcast will be produced in association with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions.

Buck, who led US Open coverage on Fox Sports from 2015 to 2019, will host the show alongside ESPN’s Michael Collins. Mannings will be a guest at some point during the tournament, and other guests include Couple and Barkley, Troy Ekman, Josh Allen and actor Jon Hamm.

Manningcast received strong reviews during “Monday Night Football” last year.

“We love doing ‘Monday Night Football’ with ESPN and the entire Omaha team is looking forward to creating alternative broadcasts celebrating other sports,” Peyton Manning said. “As one of the golf majors, the PGA Championship is the perfect place for golf to make its debut and we look forward to working with Joe, Michael and everyone on ESPN’s golf team.”

Alternate broadcasts will be shown four hours a day during all four rounds. It will air on Thursdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT during the final hour of live coverage on ESPN+ and then will air on ESPN2 for the last three hours (as coverage goes on ESPN). On weekends, Buck & Company will air on ESPN from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (live coverage is on ESPN+) and then switch to ESPN+ as the live coverage shifts to ESPN at 1 p.m.

CBS Sports has the last six hours of the weekend telecast.

Manningcast earlier this year extended its deal with “Monday Night Football” to add a fourth year until 2024. ESPN is in its third year of an 11-year deal to air the PGA Championship.

may Day

Wells Fargo Championship It had its weakest field since the tournament began in 2003, with Max Homa getting 44 points to win, down from 60 the year before.

Was it a one-time move for TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms because the traditional site, Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, is hosting the President’s Cup later this year?

Or are players still trying to figure out a schedule with the PGA Championship now in its third year of being played in May?

As of this year, the lowest ranking points awarded to a Wells Fargo winner was 50 on three occasions: 2014 (a year after the Greens had a season-related wreck); 2017 (held at Eagle Point as the PGA was in Quail Hollow) and 2019 (the first year of the PGA Championship gets underway in May).

The Wells Fargo winner got 60 points last year, and that was probably about location—the PGA Championship was on Kiawah Island, about 225 miles from the Quail.

Next year’s PGA Championship is at Oak Hill in Rochester, New York.

Only one player in the top 15 on the PGA Tour in the past two weeks – the Mexico Open featured Jon Rahm (he won) and Rory McIlroy at Wells Fargo (fifth place). The two must have played only once between the majors.

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 Scotty Scheffler (who’s from Dallas).

Meanwhile, none of the top 15 players in the world would have played between the Majors more than twice over the course of five weeks. Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama play AT&T Byron Nelson this week, their first competition since the Masters.

It remains to be seen what kind of field draws Wells Fargo draws to Quail Hollow next year, and whether the less-than-stellar field was more about TPC Potomac or more about May.

US Open Update

Now that the PGA Championship Field is SetDiscounts for the US Open are closing in. After the PGA Championship, none of the players in the top 60 in the world rankings will go through qualifying.

It was a small consolation prize for Keegan Bradley after finishing runner-up in the Wells Fargo Championship. Bradley moved up 20 places to 44th and has a lock to stay in the top 60 and avoid qualifying.

Those running out of the top 60 and running out of time are Lee Westwood (No. 64) and Bubba Watson (No. 66). Watson has played in every US Open since 2011.

The top 60 – Monday of US Open week – are also exempt from the June 6 world rankings.

Path to LPGA

The LPGA Tour will no longer allow college players to retain their amateur status and compete in the final stages of Tour qualifying.

In 2018 the LPGA allowed college players to compete in a Q-Series – eight rounds over two weeks – and to wait until July to subscribe if they earned LPGA cards. This allowed him to finish college or the spring semester. Jennifer Kupcho and Maria Fassi were two examples.

Starting this year, college players can still go through the early stages of Q-School, but will have to turn professional if they make it to the Q-Series and try to earn cards.

Ricky Lasky, the LPGA’s chief tour business and operations officer, said it was all about an even playing field. The LPGA reached its decision after input from the LPGA players and the college community.

Players who have already turned professional don’t have another semester of college, a liberty that college players may have if they don’t make it.

The key to the decision is to allow college players in the opening round. Anyone who reaches the final stage (Q-Series) is convinced of the status of the Epson Tour. This will enable them to compete on the developmental circuit and start earning money for LPGA cards.

“Ensuring that all competitors make the same choices to become a professional player, the Q-Series enhances the competition and creates the most appropriate choices for athletes at different stages of their careers,” Lasky said.


Kevin Kisner and his wife Brittany have received the Augusta University President’s Award for philanthropic support to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. He pledged $5.3 million to help establish a center for child development, behavioral health and wellness. …SH Kim has earned enough Korn Ferry Tour points so that the 23-year-old South Korean will have a PGA Tour card next season. China’s Carl Yuan is the only other player to reach this level this year. … The Constellation Furyk & Friends Tournament started the PGA Tour Champions by raising $1.7 million for local charities. … Wells Fargo Championship winner Max Homa is the first player to win a regular PGA Tour event twice on different courses since Brand Snedeker at the Forest Oaks in 2007 and the Wyndham Championship in Sagefield in 2018. Homa won at Quail Hollow in 2019 and this year at TPC Potomac. … Ludwig Eberg of Texas Tech, Sam Bennett of Texas A&M and Eugenio Chakrara of Oklahoma State are the three finalists for the Ben Hogan Prize, which goes to the top college golfer in the country. The winner will be announced on 23 May and will receive a discount for the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial next year.

week status

The last five major champions in the Southern Hills are in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

last word

“I think if I put myself in these positions, hopefully I’ll replace one of them.” – Keegan Bradley, who has failed to convert his last four 54-hole leads on the PGA Tour.


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