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More Televised Golf Specials


Get up close to the action with even more golf television coverage.


With the recent combining of Golf Channel and NBC under the Comcast umbrella, PGA TOUR golf fans are getting to see more golf. This includes Golf Channel carrying the first two rounds live and then showing early coverage on the weekend (at least one and one-half hours each day) for most events before NBC and CBS have their usual Saturday and Sunday coverage. Additionally, a new series, “Down


Family Time Equals Winning Time


If ever there was a recurring theme in the first half of the 2012 season, it was that off- course family time influenced how PGA TOUR pros at the top of the leaderboard played carefree golf. It all began with Bubba Watson


winning the Masters two weeks after he and wife Angie adopted son Caleb. The trend continued into late April and mid- May when Jason Dufner won his first two PGA TOUR titles—at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans one week before getting married and then at the HP Byron Nelson Championship two weeks after the wedding—to take the FedExCup points lead. Even Matt Kuchar got in the game in early May by winning THE PLAYERS


Congratulations to Jason Dufner who, in the space of a month, got married and won two tournaments.


Championship as his family stayed at his parents’ home in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and he and wife Sybi played doubles tennis on weekend mornings against the fathers before his afternoon tee times. “You probably couldn’t dream it any


better than what’s been going on here,” Dufner said after his win in Dallas. “The wedding has been in the works for close to a year so—I guess I proposed in July of last year, and there’s been a lot of good golf since then, but to win two events and get married in the span of 22 days, pretty remarkable. Amanda and I are lucky to be in the position we’re in and to have each other and enjoy what’s going on around us right now.” Through May, Dufner and Hunter Mahan were the only multiple winners on TOUR in 2012.


the Stretch” on Golf Channel, produced by PGA TOUR Entertainment, takes a look at the contending players from the previous week’s tournaments. The show, which airs on Monday nights, debuted at The Honda Classic and followed with the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship,


the Arnold Palmer


Invitational presented by MasterCard and THE PLAYERS Championship.


Matt Kuchar celebrates with his family after winning THE PLAYERS Championship in May.


26 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2012


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