Golf Films’ “Tiger Slam” Premieres Sunday, May 24





Golf Films’ “Tiger Slam” Premieres Sunday, May 24 at 8 P.M. ET on Golf Channel
The project details Woods’ dominance atop the professional golf landscape, lifting the sport to places not previously seen after capturing each of golf’s four majors between June 2000 and April 2001.
[via press release from Golf Channel]
GOLF FILMS’ “TIGER SLAM” PREMIERES SUNDAY, MAY 24 AT 8 P.M. ET ON GOLF CHANNEL

Film to Recount Tiger Woods’ Unprecedented 10-Month Stretch of Capturing All Four Major Championships in Succession from June 2000-April 2001

Tiger Slam Narrated by Emmy Award-Winning Actor Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire)

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 13, 2020) – GOLF Channel announced the release of its next project from the network’s Emmy-nominated GOLF Films unit, Tiger Slam, chronicling Tiger Woods’ unprecedented feat of winning all four major championships in succession over a 10-month stretch. The film will premiere on Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET and be presented by CDW and US Bank with limited commercial interruption.

Tiger Slam details Woods’ dominance atop the professional golf landscape, lifting the sport to places not previously seen after capturing each of golf’s four majors between June 2000 and April 2001. The unthinkable feat necessitated a moniker donning Woods’ namesake, the “Tiger Slam.”

The film features insight and reflections from those closest to Woods during his historic run, including Steve Williams (caddie) and Butch Harmon (swing instructor). Tiger Slam also will provide commentary and recollections from sports media personalities having an inside-the-ropes vantage point of the unthinkable feat, putting into perspective Woods’ extraordinary dominance over his peers, the likes of which may never be seen again.

Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire), Tiger Slam is produced by GOLF Channel’s Emmy Award-winning Jarrod Ficklin, Israel DeHerrera and Kory Kozak. The film offers a detailed retrospect for each of Woods’ four consecutive major championship victories, complemented by memorable highlights and footage putting into context one of the most illustrious stretches of athletic excellence ever witnessed:

· 2000 U.S. Open (First Leg): The stretch begins with the record-setting 15-shot victory at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

“He had this huge lead Sunday. He could play the rest of the round with a shovel and a blindfold and win. But that sort of intense fire – no matter what his lead was – pushed him to be the most-lethal golfer we’ve ever seen.” – Rick Reilly, Award-Winning Sports Writer

· The 2000 Open (Second Leg): A month later, Woods traveled to The Home of Golf – St Andrews Golf Links – in Scotland, entering the week as a 2-1 betting favorite, the shortest price ever for an individual player to win The Open. Woods held an eight-shot lead on the 72nd and final hole, thanks in large part to having avoided hitting into a single bunker over the course of his four rounds.

“He was – at that point – very clearly the singular force in sports. There was nothing that was his equal.” – Scott Van Pelt, ESPN Host, & Former GOLF Channel Reporter

· 2000 PGA Championship (Third Leg): Woods traveled to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. (birthplace of another sports icon, Muhammad Ali), to defend his ’99 PGA Championship title. He was forced to convert a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to advance into a three-hole playoff with Bob May. On the first playoff hole – in what has become an iconic career highlight – Woods struck his birdie putt before pointing to the ball as it rolled toward the hole and “walked it in,” nearly arriving to the hole before the ball disappeared below. Woods won the three-hole playoff by one stroke over May.

“I had never played with Tiger in a tournament before [the 2000 PGA Championship], and I said, man, it’s time to pass the baton. This guy’s really good.” – Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus

· 2001 Masters (Final Leg): The buzz entering the Masters in 2001 focused on one singular question: whether Woods could capture the grand slam. After trailing by five shots following the opening round, he trimmed the deficit heading into the weekend, and found himself paired with Phil Mickelson for Sunday’s final round. Despite David Duval making a Sunday charge two groups ahead, Woods stepped to the tee on the 72nd hole with a one-shot lead, and made birdie to complete golf’s grand slam, holding all four major championships titles at the same time.

“Playing in the Tiger Woods era, you were asked to be flawless. The golf he played was the greatest ever played.” – David Duval, runner-up at the 2001 Masters

GOLF Films launched in 2014 with GOLF Channel’s critically acclaimed, four-part Arnie biopic and Emmy-nominated Payne film, and has since produced more than a dozen other film projects, including two additional Emmy-nominated titles, 27 Years: The Exoneration of Valentino Dixon and Chi Chi & Devo. Additional GOLF Films content can be found on GOLFPASS, including full-length film titles and archived content from respective film projects.

ABOUT GOLF FILMS

GOLF Films is a division of GOLF Channel and NBC Sports, led by Emmy-nominated films including Payne (2014), on the late Payne Stewart; 27 Years: The Exoneration of Valentino Dixon (2018), on how a sketch of a famous golf hole led to Dixon’s release from prison; and Chi Chi & Devo (2019), detailing the unusual connection between Hall of Fame golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez and ’80s American rock band, Devo. GOLF Films also is responsible for the network’s Emmy Award-winning “shorts,” “Don’t Cry for Me – the Ryan Korengel Story” and “Feeling and Reality: the Billy Hurley Story.” GOLF Films is led by 13-time Emmy Award-winning coordinating producer Israel DeHerrera, who has served as the lead producer for critically-acclaimed projects like the four-part Arnie (2014), three-part Jack (2017), and two-part Hogan films (2019). GOLFPASS is the digital home for GOLF Films, featuring many full-length GOLF Films, as well as excerpts and archived content from the full library of film projects.



Emmy-Nominated Host David Feherty Launches “Feherty Up Close (From a Distance)”





Emmy-Nominated Host David Feherty Launches “Feherty Up Close (From a Distance),” Featuring Short-Form Interviews with Sports & Entertainment Guests
Featuring brief, topical interviews with sports and entertainment guests joining David Feherty remotely via video conference, episodes are now available for fans to watch on Golf Channel’s YouTube page.

[via press release from Gol]
EMMY-NOMINATEFD HOST DAVID FEHERTY LAUNCHES “FEHERTY UP CLOSE (FROM A DISTANCE),” FEATURING SHORT-FORM INTERVIEWS WITH SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT GUESTS
ORLANDO, Fla. (April 16, 2020) – Providing sports enthusiasts with a new outlet for irreverent entertainment content amidst the current void of live sports programming, GOLF Channel has launched Feherty Up Close (From a Distance), a new short-form take on the Emmy-nominated original series Feherty. Featuring brief, topical interviews with sports and entertainment guests joining David Feherty remotely via video conference, episodes of Feherty Up Close (From a Distance) are now available for fans to watch on GOLF Channel’s YouTube page, led by a new interview with NBC Sports host Mike Tirico (part I and part II).
“I’m not one to embrace long stretches of idle time with nothing to do other than binge-watch Live PD, so I wanted to offset my extreme boredom by seeing how others were coping,” said Feherty. “People have made a habit of distancing themselves from me for decades, but hopefully these quick conversations can fill some small entertainment void for fans while we wait for some sense of normality to return.”
Feherty’s short-form interviews are utilizing a remote production model, including two initial interviews conducted with college basketball analyst Jay Bilas and award-winning actor Michael Pe�a. During the current suspension of professional tournaments, GOLF Channel’s Feherty Up Close (From a Distance) will add new interviews weekly.
Upcoming episodes of Feherty Up Close (From a Distance) are scheduled to feature the following guests:
· Padraig Harrington – 2020 European Ryder Cup team captain
· Max Homa – PGA TOUR winner and social media fan-favorite
· Tony Finau – PGA TOUR winner
· John Smoltz – Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and current baseball television analyst
· Sam Torrance – 21-time European Tour winner and eight-time Ryder Cup participant
· Gary McCord – longtime golf broadcaster and two-time PGA TOUR Champions winner
· Notah Begay – NBC Sports golf analyst/on-course reporter
Described as “equal parts wit and wisecracks” by Forbes and “a healthy dose of humor and self-deprecation” by Sports Business Journal, Feherty’s all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Stephen Curry and Nick Saban; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Hart and Larry David; World Golf of Fame members Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars led by Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.
The Emmy-nominated Feherty initially debuted in 2011, and Feherty himself has earned two Emmy-nominations for his role in the GOLF Channel original series (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host). Feherty is produced by GOLF Channel’s Emmy-nominated original productions division, which also is responsible for the production of the network’s critically acclaimed GOLF Films. In addition to the Feherty series on GOLF Channel, the audio from episode interviews are available on the David Feherty podcast, which is accessible on GOLF Channel Digital and other podcast providers.