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Press conference detailing Scottie Scheffler’s arrest was complete waste of time

A waste of time.
That is how I would summarize the press conference on Thursday, which featured Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg and Louisville Metro Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel.
It lasted roughly 12 minutes, and the Mayor and the Chief took zero questions. I understand why, so the legal process can play out, but this case involves a high-profile defendant involving a bizarre incident.
Scottie Scheffler, who Officer Bryan Gillis placed under arrest early on May 17, called this a “big misunderstanding” after his second round at the PGA Championship.
Scheffler’s attorney, Steve Romines, insists that he did nothing wrong, too.
Despite this, Thursday’s press conference had three key takeaways:
First, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) will not drop the charges against Scheffler. He will appear in court on Monday, Jun. 3, for an arraignment. Scheffler will then go from Louisville to Columbus, Ohio, to play in the Memorial Tournament, the event hosted by Jack Nicklaus each year.
Second, the LMPD announced that it would release two videos, along with a transparency report. One video is from the dashboard of a police cruiser, while the other is from a pole across the street from Valhalla Golf Club.
Both videos show that Scheffler did nothing wrong, which aligns with his attorney’s statement.

NEW: here is the relevant portion of the video released by the Louisville Metro PD this morning.It shows Scottie turn into the lot and a police officer chase after the car and bang on the window. Scottie then stops the car immediately.I cannot believe THIS is the footage the… pic.twitter.com/MgXKaNbeLg— John Nucci (@JNucci23) May 23, 2024

Then, finally, the LMPD stated that because Gillis did not have his body cam footage on, the police would reprimand him internally.
Nonetheless, the LMPD and the Mayor of Louisville did not need to stage a press conference to release videos of what transpired. Nor did they have to speak about how they would let the legal process play out.
Instead, it was a waste of time, which—as the video evidence shows—somewhat aligns with this entire debacle in the first place.
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]

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Scottie Scheffler PGA Championship arrest video to be released by Louisville Police

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg and Louisville Metro Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel will provide an update related to Scottie Scheffler’s PGA Championship arrest on Thursday.
A press conference is set for 11:30 a.m. ET, in which Chief Gwinn-Villaroel will provide her completed findings related to the incident involving Scheffler and Officer Bryan Gillis.
Furthermore, the Chief and the Mayor will release “all currently available video footage regarding the incident.”
Adam Stanley of Sportsnet first reported the news.

From the Louisville Metro PD: Update on Scottie Scheffler incident to come tomorrow (May 23) at 11:30 a.m. ET. More from LMPD… pic.twitter.com/8dPtzL0Wjm— Adam Stanley (@adam_stanley) May 22, 2024

Scheffler’s arrest sent shockwaves around the sporting world on the early morning of May 17.
The two-time Masters winner tried maneuvering around traffic and entering Valhalla’s front gates. Other PGA Tour players admitted to doing the same thing, but Scheffler had a “big miscommunication” with police. Given the time of day and the rainy conditions, eyewitnesses on the scene, namely ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, who broke the story, also reported how difficult it was to see.

But all of this transpired due to an unfortunate tragedy early Friday morning.
John Mills, a security guard hired by the PGA of America, lost his life in a horrible accident involving a shuttle bus around 5:00 a.m. This led to an increased police presence, mile-long traffic jams, and widespread confusion among players trying to get into the course for their second rounds.
Police arrested Scheffler roughly an hour later, around 6:00 a.m., with Darlington breaking the news shortly after.
Then, the Department of Corrections snapped a mugshot of Scheffler wearing a jumpsuit, which immediately went viral.
The Police subsequently released a police report, which charged Scheffler with four crimes, one of which was assaulting a police officer to the second degree—a felony. Yet, that same report stated, “Detective Gillis’ pants, valued at approximately $80, were damaged beyond repair.” That detail went viral, pouring gasoline on the fire online.
Police then released Scheffler at 8:40 a.m. ET, and he returned to Valhalla 57 minutes before his second-round tee time. He went to shoot a 5-under 66 on Friday and ultimately tied for 8th at the PGA Championship.
This week, Scheffler is teeing it up at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. He will join Keegan Bradley and Billy Horschel on the 1st tee Thursday at 1:45 p.m. ET, two hours after the scheduled press conference with Louisville officials.
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]

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PGA Tour pros rave about Colonial’s “refresh” ahead of Charles Schwab Challenge

The day after Emiliano Grillo defeated Adam Schenk in a playoff at the Charles Schwab Challenge a year ago, renowned golf architect Gil Hanse and his team got right to work.
Their mission: revitalize Colonial Country Club to how it played during the 1941 U.S. Open, which saw Craig Wood win his second career major after he had won The Masters a few months earlier. Ben Hogan, who went on to win five times at Colonial, finished in a tie for third that year.
Nevertheless, Hanse and his team wanted to re-establish the rugged landscape that Colonial offered then. They also wished to incorporate more tributaries from the Trinity River, which runs alongside the property.
Hanse also wanted to eliminate the ‘cookie-cutter’ sand traps and greens, emphasizing a more ‘natural’ look for each hole.
In addition to that, Hanse and his team felt it necessary to incorporate modern technology into the course to make it more sustainable for the future. That involved revamping all of the interrogation systems and the greens.
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However, to accomplish these goals, Hanse wanted 18 months. But he only had 11 since Colonial planned to host the Charles Schwab Challenge again in 2024.
Alas, they achieved their objectives on time, thanks to their hard work throughout the summer Texas heat.
To top it all off, the revitalized course has received rave reviews from PGA Tour pros who will tee it up this week.
“I think [Hanse] did a really, really good job from what I can tell playing it once,” explained Jordan Spieth on Wednesday.
“I imagine it’s tough for a course designer to bring a course back in time, but accommodating the modern game, making it maybe more playable for an average member 51 weeks of the year, but still a championship golf course making it as or more difficult for us. I guess time will tell over the next four days, but it really seems like he’s somehow done that, and that’s really cool.”
One of the significant changes Hanse made was to the par-3 13th. The green used to sit directly adjacent to the water, but Hanse and his team pushed the putting surface back a bit. In doing so, they added rugged sand traps between the green and the pond, thus taking the water more or less out of play for the pros.
“The only one that stood out and wasn’t like the others was 13. As long as the right tee box is played, I think it’s a fantastic par-3. But it could be the best hole on the course or the worst hole on the course depending upon where the tees are, given the hole locations and the wind,” Spieth explained.

The old 13th hole at Colonial during the 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge.

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“The firmness of the greens, it doesn’t seem like they would be able to yield holding 5-irons, but if it’s a mid-iron in, a good shot gets really rewarded. Then, if you miss in the wrong spot, you can be in big trouble. You could have over 10 feet for par, even hitting a good chip. So it’s a good risk/reward par-3 from the right tee box now. It was probably the most shocking of any hole that I walked up to the green that I saw yesterday.”
Spieth made a great point about the firmness of the greens.
Because they are so new, they will have more bounce to them throughout the week. We saw this extensively two weeks ago at the Wells Fargo Championship, as Quail Hollow re-did its greens in advance of next year’s PGA Championship.
“Super excited about the greens this week,” added Tom Hoge, one of the best ball-strikers on the PGA Tour.
“Feel like they’re probably the best greens we’ll play on all year. They’re firm and will present a great Colonial and a great challenge this week.”
Adam Scott, who won at Colonial in 2014, returned to the course for the first time since 2018 this week. He called this revitalization process a “refresh.”
“I think some of the classic old golf courses, you know, certainly on the PGA Tour, but at a lot of the great clubs, the agronomy is such at a high standard now, and sometimes when you’ve had grass on the course for 30 and 40 years, it gets old and a bit tired. Now they have all new grass, and it feels fresh, and it’s going to play very well, whether you’re a member or playing this tournament this week,” Scott explained.

Adam Scott hits an approach on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

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“There’s a difference between hitting off a nice tight new fairway or a 40-year-old, thatchy, matted fairway, and I’m not saying it was thatchy and matted here, but a freshen-up is nice. I think [Hanse] is incredibly experienced, and when you go to these great historical clubs, you don’t want to lose the character. I think he’s very aware of that and was very gentle with his approach here.”
Hanse has worked on dozens of major championship courses, including the Los Angeles Country Club, which hosted last year’s U.S. Open, won by Wyndham Clark. Other projects of his include Winged Foot, Southern Hills, and most recently, Oakmont, which the world will see next year when the U.S. Open visits Western Pennsylvania for a record 10th time.
“It’s been a crazy year for Colonial, obviously, with the restoration, but what Gil Hanse and his team did, I mean, it’s unbelievable how fast it came together,” said Ryan Palmer, who doubles as a PGA Tour and Colonial member.
“To finally see it, and for the guys on Tour to be here playing it, I heard a lot of great positive comments, so that’s good to know. I was a little nervous, to be honest with you, for the course and the club, but I just spoke with [Hanse] outside a few minutes ago, and he said he’d heard a lot of great things. So I’m excited to see how it all unfolds this week.”
Indeed, a few rough patches still exist out on the course, but that is the nature of completely overhauling a property in an 11-month span.
Yet, despite that, Hanse and his team, along with Palmer, have received overwhelmingly positive feedback, meaning Colonial—the longest-tenured stop on the PGA Tour outside of Augusta National—will continue to be a staple in pro golf for years to come.
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]

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Jordan Spieth calls out ‘false narratives’ about PGA Tour, Saudi deal

Jordan Spieth believes things are moving in the right direction regarding the PGA Tour’s ongoing negotiations with the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Ahead of this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, an event Spieth won in 2016, the former Texas Longhorn called out the ‘false narratives’ surrounding the deal.
“I think the narrative that things are in a bad place and are moving slowly, and some of the things that are asked of me or said are untrue,” Spieth said.
“I think that—I know that—they’re false, actually.”
Since Rory McIlroy resigned from the PGA Tour Policy Board last November, Spieth has been involved in these discussions. He has also lent his opinion numerous times, going as far as to say that the PGA Tour does not need the PIF after it struck an agreement with the Strategic Sports Group (SSG).

Jordan Spieth during the final round of the 2024 PGA Championship.

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Spieth made those comments at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, but he seems to have changed his stance. Yet, he has not revealed any key details surrounding the tour’s talks with the PIF.
“Things are actually moving positively from both sides,” Spieth revealed.
“I think ultimately we’ll end up in a place where professional golf is maybe the best that it’s ever been. I think both sides believe that.”
Who knows what men’s professional golf will look like in the future, but Spieth feels confident about whatever will transpire.
“I’m very optimistic, I think, is what I would say out of all of it,” Spieth added.
“I think that’s starting to resonate amongst players as they’re able to get more and more information on the matter, and it will continue to get more and more information over the coming months.”
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]

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LIV Golf announces team championship venue, set for 7th event in the United States

LIV Golf will conclude its season in the United States.
The Saudi-backed circuit announced Wednesday that Maridoe Golf Club, located in Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, will host the league’s season-ending team championship from Sept. 20-22.
It will mark the 14th event of the season and the seventh held in the United States.
“Our LIV Golf players are looking forward to playing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with its great golf tradition,” said LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman.
“Texas is legendary for producing and hosting great golfers who set a high bar while competing for championships. Our LIV Golf Team Championship at Maridoe Golf Club will be a great experience for our players and all the fans in attendance.”
Funny enough, Wednesday’s announcement comes the same week the PGA Tour is visiting the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Colonial Country Club, which has hosted a PGA Tour event every year since 1946, will once again welcome some of the best players in the world for this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge.

LIV Golf’s Ripper GC, an all-Australian team, celebrates their victory at LIV Golf Adelaide in April 2024.

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The Dallas area has produced great tournaments over the years, namely at Colonial and the CJ Cup Byron Nelson. The Dallas Athletic Club recently hosted U.S. Open qualifiers, which saw LIV Golf’s Sergio Garcia narrowly miss out.
The region is also home to many top players within the sport, namely Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth.
However, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has never hosted a LIV Golf event. That will change this year during the season-ending championship, which will mark the second LIV tournament held in Texas this year. The Golf Club in Houston will welcome LIV Golf in June, the next scheduled event.
The remaining schedule for the 2024 LIV Golf season follows below:

LIV Golf Houston — Golf Club of Houston — Jun. 7-9
LIV Golf Nashville — The Grove — Jun. 21-23
LIV Golf Andalucía — Real Club Valderrama — Jul 12-14
LIV Golf United Kingdom — JCB Golf and Country Club — Jul 26-28
LIV Golf Greenbrier — The Old White at Greenbrier — Aug. 16-18
LIV Golf Chicago — Bolingbrook Golf Club — Sept. 13-15
Team Championship Dallas — Maridoe Golf Club — Sept. 20-22

Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]

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Bernhard Langer “can’t walk,” will still play Senior PGA Championship

Bernhard Langer defied the odds and returned from a ruptured Achilles tendon earlier than expected.
Two weeks ago, he tied for 8th at the Regions Tradition, an impressive accomplishment, all things considered. The week before, in his first event since the injury, he tied for 31st at the Insperity Invitational.
Yet, he admitted on Tuesday that he “can’t walk,” despite still competing on the PGA Tour Champions.
“I had to apply for [the American Disabilities Act (ADA)], got the ADA,” Langer explained ahead of the Senior PGA Championship, set for this week at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Michigan.
“If it hadn’t been for that, I wouldn’t be playing golf anywhere right now because I can’t walk 18 holes. It’s not just this week; it’s every week for a few more months. You can put me on the flattest golf course anywhere in the world. I can’t walk that long. Standing for five hours and walking is not on right now.”

Bernhard Langer during the third round of the 2024 Regions Tradition.

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Langer will use a golf cart to get around Harbor Shores, a hilly Jack Nicklaus layout that sits on the shores of Lake Michigan. It has hosted the Senior PGA Championship six times before, all within the past 12 years. Steven Alker won at this course in 2022.
“You have to drive the ball well, keep it out of the lateral hazards, bunkers, and rough, which are pretty punishing,” Langer said of the course.
“I think Jack Nicklaus designed courses also make you think; they make you play from one spot to another, not just necessarily hit it anywhere you want. If you get caught on the wrong side, you get punished. Also with the greens. So you really have to think your way and be precise and figure out if you can’t hit the proper shot, where can you get it up and down from and where not.”
Langer finished solo third in 2022, six strokes behind Alker. The two-time Masters champion shot three rounds in the 60s before carding an even-par 71 on Sunday.

Bernhard Langer putts on the 7th green during the final round of the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

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But that was nearly two years before he tore his Achilles playing pickleball.
“It shocked me because I thought pickleball was not a dangerous sport. I go snow skiing and do a lot of other things that seem a lot more dangerous than pickleball,” Langer said.
“When you talk to orthopedic surgeons, they will prove me or anybody wrong. Believe it or not, 50% of their clientele are pickleball players. It has nothing to do with fitness—nothing whatsoever. You can tear your Achilles any time, whether you’re fit or not. Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles, and baseball and football players and bobsledders, anybody, and they’re very, very fit, believe me.”
The German has remained as fit as ever well into his 60s. Langer also continues to compete at the highest level, most recently winning the U.S. Senior Open last summer by two strokes over Steve Stricker.
But his Achilles injury set him back a bit, but only by about three months.
Yet, if not for a golf cart and ADA regulations, he would not be able to compete.
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]

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Paige Spiranac signs agency deal with WME Sports, continues to grow in popularity

Paige Spiranac continues to grow in popularity.
Fresh off her appearance at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Release, Spiranac has signed a deal with WME Sports, thus becoming the latest star to sign with the agency’s golf division.
WME Sports, a subsidiary of the Endeavor Group Holdings, represents high-profile talent, athletes, and media while having an ownership stake in WWE and UFC.
Ari Emmanuel serves as the CEO of Endeavor Group Holdings, which expressed interest in negotiating a deal with the PGA Tour last fall. But the tour ultimately went in a different direction, scoring a $1.5 billion investment from the Strategic Sports Group (SSG) as it continues to hold negotiations with the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Nevertheless, amid the division within the men’s professional game, YouTube stars—like Bryan Bros Golf and now Bryson DeChambeau—and social media moguls—such as Spiranac—have created expansive opportunities and content online. As a result, they have gained millions of fans through their platforms.
Spiranac has more social media followers than Tiger Woods.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the WME Sports family and working with their golf team to help me write the next chapter in my story,” Spiranac said in a statement. “
With their wide-ranging capabilities across sports and entertainment, we’re going to create new experiences to strengthen the digital bridges with my fans.”
A phenomenal player in her own right, Spiranac played Division I golf at the University of Arizona and San Diego State University, winning all-conference honors in the Mountain West twice.
She tried to make it on the LPGA Tour after college, but unfortunately, it was not meant to be. Despite that, the Colorado native provides instruction, gives commentary, and shoots livestreams on her social media, garnering plenty of attention from around the world.
Her popularity will continue to soar now that she has signed with WME Sports, one of the most prominent media agencies.
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]

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LIV Golf’s Sergio Garcia misses out on U.S. Open spot, but still has chance to play

Sergio Garcia failed to qualify for the U.S. Open, losing a playoff that featured seven players competing for six spots at the Dallas Athletic Club on Monday.
The Spaniard bogeyed the first playoff hole, while every other competitor made a birdie or par, thus sending everyone else to Pinehurst No. 2.
But Garcia should not feel too down on himself. The United States Golf Association (USGA) lists Garcia as the first alternate for this year’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. That means, should anyone withdraw or skip out on the championship, Garcia will get into the field.
Nico Echavarría of Colombia, who won the 2023 Puerto Rico Open, won the local qualifying event in Dallas with a 7-under par score over 36 holes. Eleven spots were up for grabs at the Dallas Athletic Club, as players competed on both the Blue and Golf Courses.

Nico Echavarría during the 2024 Myrtle Beach Classic.

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The other 10 players to qualify from Dallas follows below:

McClure Meissner (Dallas, Texas)
Eugenio Lopez Chacarra (Spain)
Takumi Kanaya (Japan)
Francesco Molinari (Italy)
Brandon Wu (Scarsdale, New York)
Michael McGowan (Southern Pines, North Carolina)
Parker Bell (a) (Tallahassee, Florida)
S.H. Kim (South Korea)
Sung Kang (South Korea)
Logan McAllister (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

The USGA also facilitated two other final qualifying events on Monday, one in Japan and the other in England.
At the Hino Golf Club in the Shiga Prefecture in Japan—just east of Kyoto—34 players competed for three spots to gain entry into the U.S. Open. Ryo Ishikawa and Riki Kawamoto finished as co-medalists, shooting a 9-under par score across 36 holes to book their tickets to Pinehurst No. 2.
Five players finished at 8-under-par, leading to a five-for-one playoff among those tied for 3rd. Japan’s Taisei Shimizu prevailed over the other four players, which included LIV Golf’s Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe.
Then, at Walton Heath Golf Club in England, which hosted the AIG Women’s Open Championship last Summer, 102 players competed for nine U.S. Open spots.
Plenty of familiar names competed in this qualifier, including Alex Fitzpatrick, who starred in Netflix’s Full Swing series. But Fitzpatrick fell short in making his first U.S. Open appearance—the tournament his brother Matt won in 2022 at Brookline.
Finishing atop the leaderboard after 36 holes at 10-under-par were Grant Forrest, Richard Mansell, and Brandon Robinson Thompson.
Sam Bairstow and 47-year-old Robert Rock finished one stroke behind, also earning spots.
The complete list of qualifiers from Walton Heath follows below:

Grant Forrest (Scotland)
Richard Mansell (England)
Brandon Robinson Thompson (England)
Sam Bairstow (England)
Robert Rock (England)
Tom McKibbin (Northern Ireland)
Edoardo Molinari (Italy)
Jason Scrivener (Australia)
Matteo Manassero (Italy)

U.S. Open final qualifying continues across 10 sites on Monday, Jun. 3, in what is dubbed as “Golf’s Longest Day.” It will fall on the Monday after the final round of the RBC Canadian Open.
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]

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Charles Schwab Challenge: How to watch, streaming, preview, tee times and more

The PGA Tour returns to Texas, where a revitalized Colonial Country Club will host the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Emiliano Grillo won this event in a thrilling playoff last year over Adam Schenk. These two players finished at 8-under par, one stroke ahead of Scottie Scheffler, who made a hole-in-one during the final round.
Fresh off his arrest at the PGA Championship, Scheffler will play at Colonial in Fort Worth again, arriving as the odds-on favorite to win. Other notables include Jordan Spieth, Max Homa, Adam Scott, Collin Morikawa, Tony Finau, and fan favorite Joel Dahmen.
Here is how fans can tune into the coverage:
Charles Schwab Challenge:
Where: Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, TX (Par-70 7,289 yards)
When: May 23-26th
Purse: $9,100,000/$1,638,000 winner
FedEx Cup Points: 500
Defending Champion: Emiliano Grillo
How to Watch The Charles Schwab Challenge
Thursday, May 23: 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Friday, May 24: 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Saturday, May 25: 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); 3-6 p.m. ET (CBS)
Sunday, May 26: 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); 3-6 p.m. ET (CBS)

Scottie Scheffler reacts to a putt during the final round of the 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge.

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How to Stream The Charles Schwab Challenge
ESPN+ will air PGA Tour Live all four days of play.
On Thursday and Friday, PGA Tour Live’s Main Feed will begin at 8:15 a.m. ET. Then, for the third and final rounds on Saturday and Sunday, the Main Feed kicks off at 8:00 a.m. ET.
ESPN+ will also air featured groups, marquee pairings, and featured holes as a part of coverage
In addition, fans can tune into CBS Sports streaming service Paramount+ while CBS airs its third and final round broadcasts.
Charles Schwab Challenge Round 1 Tee Times (ET):
(* — Denotes 10th Hole Start)
8:00 a.m. — Kevin Tway, Rory Sabbatini, Robby Shelton
8:00 a.m.* — Garrick Higgo, Sam Ryder, S.H. Kim
8:11 a.m. — Martin Laird, Justin Suh, Carson Young
8:11 a.m.* — Tyler Duncan, Wesley Bryan, Sam Stevens
8:22 a.m. — Beau Hossler, Aaron Rai, Brandon Wu
8:22 a.m.* — Cam Davis, Thomas Detry, Davis Thompson
8:33 a.m. — Davis Riley, Nick Hardy, J.J. Spaun
8:33 a.m.* — Rickie Fowler, Taylor Moore, J.T. Poston
8:44 a.m. — Kevin Kisner, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson
8:44 a.m.* — Brian Harman, Justin Rose, Si Woo Kim
8:55 a.m. — Camilo Villegas, Luke List, Brendon Todd
8:55 a.m.* — Tony Finau, Max Homa, Adam Scott
9:06 a.m. — Vincent Norrman, Chez Reavie, Harris English
9:06 a.m.* — Austin Eckroat, Collin Morikawa, Sepp Straka
9:17 a.m. — Keith Mitchell, Denny McCarthy, Hayden Buckley
9:17 a.m.* — Justin Lower, Dylan Wu, Harry Hall
9:28 a.m. — Jimmy Walker, Min Woo Lee, Andrew Novak
9:28 a.m.* — Troy Merritt, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, David Lipsky
9:39 a.m. — Rafael Campos, Alejandro Tosti, Jimmy Stanger
9:39 a.m.* — Pierceson Coody, Mac Meissner, Hayden Springer
9:50 a.m. — Victor Perez, Ben Silverman, Michael Block
9:50 a.m.* — Chan Kim, David Skinns, Parker Coody
12:50 p.m. — Ben Martin, Mark Hubbard, Doug Ghim
12:50 p.m.* — Michael Kim, Ben Griffin, Callum Tarren
1:01 p.m. — Joel Dahmen, Kevin Streelman, Matti Schmid
1:01 p.m.* — Martin Trainer, Andrew Putnam, Matt NeSmith
1:12 p.m. — Alex Smalley, Nicolai Højgaard, Carl Yuan
1:12 p.m.* — Nate Lashley, Chesson Hadley, Tyson Alexander
1:23 p.m. — Chad Ramey, Daniel Berger, Gary Woodland
1:23 p.m.* — Akshay Bhatia, Lucas Glover, Matt Kuchar
1:34 p.m. — Chris Kirk, Emiliano Grillo, Jordan Spieth
1:34 p.m.* — Adam Svensson, K.H. Lee, Sungjae Im
1:45 p.m. — Scottie Scheffler, Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley
1:45 p.m.* — Lee Hodges, Nico Echavarria, Brandt Snedeker
1:56 p.m. — Chris Gotterup, Tom Kim, Tom Hoge
1:56 p.m.* — Peter Malnati, Grayson Murray, Adam Schenk
2:07 p.m. — Ryan Palmer, Charley Hoffman, Greyson Sigg
2:07 p.m.* — Zac Blair, Joseph Bramlett, Kevin Yu
2:18 p.m. — Maverick McNealy, Eric Cole, Ben Taylor
2:18 p.m.* — C.T. Pan, Ryan Moore, Patrick Rodgers
2:29 p.m. — Robert MacIntyre, Ben Kohles, Jorge Campillo
2:29 p.m.* — Ryo Hisatsune, Sami Valimaki, Max Greyserman
2:40 p.m. — Ryan Fox, Austin Smotherman, Erik Barnes
2:40 p.m.* — Paul Haley II, Chandler Phillips, Tom Whitney
Charles Schwab Challenge Round 2 Tee Times (ET):
(* — Denotes 10th Hole Start)
8:00 a.m. — Michael Kim, Ben Griffin, Callum Tarren
8:00 a.m.* — Ben Martin, Mark Hubbard, Doug Ghim
8:11 a.m. — Martin Trainer, Andrew Putnam, Matt NeSmith
8:11 a.m.* — Joel Dahmen, Kevin Streelman, Matti Schmid
8:22 a.m. — Nate Lashley, Chesson Hadley, Tyson Alexander
8:22 a.m.* — Alex Smalley, Nicolai Højgaard, Carl Yuan
8:33 a.m. — Akshay Bhatia, Lucas Glover, Matt Kuchar
8:33 a.m.* — Chad Ramey, Daniel Berger, Gary Woodland
8:44 a.m. — Adam Svensson, K.H. Lee, Sungjae Im
8:44 a.m.* — Chris Kirk, Emiliano Grillo, Jordan Spieth
8:55 a.m. — Lee Hodges, Nico Echavarria, Brandt Snedeker
8:55 a.m.* — Scottie Scheffler, Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley
9:06 a.m. — Peter Malnati, Grayson Murray, Adam Schenk
9:06 a.m.* — Chris Gotterup, Tom Kim, Tom Hoge
9:17 a.m. — Zac Blair, Joseph Bramlett, Kevin Yu
9:17 a.m.* — Ryan Palmer, Charley Hoffman, Greyson Sigg
9:28 a.m. — C.T. Pan, Ryan Moore, Patrick Rodgers
9:28 a.m.* — Maverick McNealy, Eric Cole, Ben Taylor
9:39 a.m. — Ryo Hisatsune, Sami Valimaki, Max Greyserman
9:39 a.m.* — Robert MacIntyre, Ben Kohles, Jorge Campillo
9:50 a.m. — Paul Haley II, Chandler Phillips, Tom Whitney
9:50 a.m.* — Ryan Fox, Austin Smotherman, Erik Barnes
12:50 p.m. — Garrick Higgo, Sam Ryder, S.H. Kim
12:50 p.m.* — Kevin Tway, Rory Sabbatini, Robby Shelton
1:01 p.m. — Tyler Duncan, Wesley Bryan, Sam Stevens
1:01 p.m.* — Martin Laird, Justin Suh, Carson Young
1:12 p.m. — Cam Davis, Thomas Detry, Davis Thompson
1:12 p.m.* — Beau Hossler, Aaron Rai, Brandon Wu
1:23 p.m. — Rickie Fowler, Taylor Moore, J.T. Poston
1:23 p.m.* — Davis Riley, Nick Hardy, J.J. Spaun
1:34 p.m. — Brian Harman, Justin Rose, Si Woo Kim
1:34 p.m.* — Kevin Kisner, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson
1:45 p.m. — Tony Finau, Max Homa, Adam Scott
1:45 p.m.* — Camilo Villegas, Luke List, Brendon Todd
1:56 p.m. — Austin Eckroat, Collin Morikawa, Sepp Straka
1:56 p.m.* — Vincent Norrman, Chez Reavie, Harris English
2:07 p.m. — Justin Lower, Dylan Wu, Harry Hall
2:07 p.m.* — Keith Mitchell, Denny McCarthy, Hayden Buckley
2:18 p.m. — Troy Merritt, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, David Lipsky
2:18 p.m.* — Jimmy Walker, Min Woo Lee, Andrew Novak
2:29 p.m. — Pierceson Coody, Mac Meissner, Hayden Springer
2:29 p.m.* — Rafael Campos, Alejandro Tosti, Jimmy Stanger
2:40 p.m. — Chan Kim, David Skinns, Parker Coody
2:40 p.m.* — Victor Perez, Ben Silverman, Michael Block
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]

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CBS Sports, ESPN see ratings bump for Xander Schauffele’s PGA Championship win

Like Xander Schauffele, CBS Sports and ESPN scored significant victories at the PGA Championship this past week.
During Sunday’s final round, which saw Schauffele fend off a furious charge from Bryson DeChambeau, CBS averaged 4.958 million viewers—a 10% increase from last year, when Brooks Koepka prevailed at Oak Hill.
Coverage peaked at 8.421 million viewers, which coincided with Schauffele playing the par-5 18th. He arrived at the final hole tied with DeChambeau at 20-under-par but made a thrilling birdie to win the Wanamaker Trophy by a stroke. His 21-under-par total set a new major championship scoring record.
Over the final hour, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. ET, CBS drew an average of 7.764 million viewers. That timeframe featured plenty of drama, including DeChambeau knocking his drive off a tree and getting a lucky break on 16, which led to a birdie. DeChambeau then birded the 18th hole, producing a thrilling celebration that drew comparisons to Phil Mickelson’s PGA Championship win three years prior.

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates on the 18th green during the final round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla.

Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The final hour also saw Viktor Hovland, one of the fan favorites on the PGA Tour, vie for the title but fall short in the end with a closing bogey.
Furthermore, Paramount+, CBS Sports’ streaming service, saw double-digit year-over-year growth in households, minutes, and the average minute audience.
On top of all that, in the wake of Scottie Scheffler’s arrest, ESPN averaged 1.6 million viewers on Friday—an 18% increase compared to the second round in 2023. Last year, Koepka shot up the leaderboard on Friday, DeChambeau lurked, and Scheffler and Hovland held a piece of the 36-hole lead with Corey Conners. Still, 2023’s second round drew 231,000 fewer viewers than this year’s eventful—and bizarre—day two.
Friday’s ESPN telecast, which drew rave reviews for its coverage of Scheffler and the golf itself, peaked with two million viewers during the 6 to 6:15 p.m. ET quarter-hour.
All in all, these increases are not only a win for the networks but for men’s professional golf, too. Television ratings have struggled throughout 2024, including at The Masters, but the thrilling drama and the mind-blowing events surrounding the championship led to an increased interest, and rightfully so.
Perhaps this trend will continue at next month’s U.S. Open, where NBC Sports will broadcast the third major of the year from Pinehurst No. 2.
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]