by Jeff Skinner
These are the days that we really appreciate The Golf Channel. The three major golf tours all are in action and we will get to see a bit of each of them thanks to The Golf Channel’s “All Golf, All Day” programming. For a golf junkie there isn’t much better.
The day starts with a little morning golf as The European Tour plays The Ballantine’s Championship in Seoul, South Korea. Dustin Johnson is the biggest American name in the field but he’ll be joined by some of the world’s best including World Number One, Lee Westwood. Ian Poulter, Ernie Els, Y.E. Yang and The Coolest Guy in Golf, on any continent, Miguel Angel Jimenez are all reason enough to watch. All right, it is on a tape delay but delayed golf is better than no golf. The Golf Channel carries it from 9:00am to 12:30pm.
Right after that from 12:30pm to 2:30pm The LPGA gets back in action at The Avnet LPGA Classic in Mobile, Alabama. After a three week break the ladies are itching to get back on the course. Eight of the top ten players in the world are playing The Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove Crossings Course and Si Ri Pak is back to defend her 2010 championship. She must love this layout as she has won here three times. Trying to spoil her party will be Rolex Number One, Yani Tseng and the newest freshly minted major champion, Stacy Lewis. Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressell and Brittany Lincicome will be trying to keep the streak of American winners going. Finally the women get some live coverage and with a good field it should be an interesting tournament.
The big boys of The PGA Tour will hit the small screen at 3:00pm from New Orleans at the Zurich Classic. There are plenty of big names in the field including last week’s overtime duo from The Heritage, Brandt Snedeker (winner) and Luke Donald (2nd place). Steve Stricker, Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler are among the players in the field. There couldn’t be two more different competitors in the field as Arnie’s grandson, Sam Saunders will be playing as will perennial reclamation project, John Daly. Defending his 2010 title is Jason Bohn who will be looking for some good mojo from the scene of his last triumph. Bohn hasn’t had a great 2011 but he is the kind of player that makes up the bulk of the PGA Tour. He’s not flashy and doesn’t get a lot of headlines but he plays week in and week out and is a great ambassador of the game. He’s one of the more likable players on tour and does all he can to promote the game. Check out Stan Awtrey’s profile of Bohn on PGA Tour.com.
So make your plans to play early and get in front of a TV to catch some of the great action on The Golf Channel today. That’s just what I plan to do.