LOS ANGELES (Swing Update) – Golf Channel is interested in live programming from Monday to Wednesday, and the answer could be found in university tournaments. He adds another prestigious event this year, and others could be on the way.

"We are trying to develop in an appropriate way," Tom Knapp, Executive Vice President, Programming and Partnerships, said last week at Pebble Beach, when Golf Channel announced its intention to broadcast Western Intercollegiate. "Somewhere in the range of 10-12 years seems like a long-term goal."

Golf Channel already has the East Lake Cup in the fall, as well as the NCAA Men's and Women's Championships in May, which made the television captivating with eight finalists in competition per game.

The Western Intercollegiate is the following.

The 54-hole stroke play event begins its 73rd edition and takes place in pastiche Pasatiempo, an Alister MacKenzie project in Santa Cruz, California. It will be televised live from April 15 to 17, from Monday to Wednesday, just after the Masters.

Getting live television will only add to the prestige of what is already one of the first university events in the spring.

The trick is to determine what would be best. It is useful to have heritage trails, such as East Lake and Pasatiempo, and Knapp said that there needs to be a balance between fall and spring. Golf Channel has already sparked a keen interest in university golf through the NCAAs, and more live events could be a benefit.

"We learned a lot when we started doing it," Knapp said. "Thirty percent of sports fans are golf enthusiasts and 60% of college enthusiasts, so being able to combine these elements is a huge job for us."

Knapp said he hoped to have a complete list of college events over the next four years, recognizing that not all tournaments (or courses) were working for television. Even then, it can be difficult for an average fan to keep up to date with an academic season such as who plays where.

"We try to help with that as we can produce a television series that makes sense," he said.

TIGER ASSISTANTS

What would a Presidents Cup be without Fred Couples? Go back in 2007 to find the last time Couples was not part of the games.

US captain Tiger Woods named the 59-year-old Couples, assistants of the Royal Melbourne in December. Couples remains one of the most popular golf figures among players and fans. He was Captain of the Presidents Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2013, and has been assisting for the last two times.

Woods has also selected Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson, and plans to announce another one ahead of the Presidents Cup from December 12-15.

Stricker was captain of the Presidents Cup in 2017 and is expected to be named captain of the Ryder Cup for next year.

"Freddie and I are coming back to the Presidents Cup," said Woods. "And we are closing the loop at Royal Melbourne, he and I teamed up at one of our matches in 1998, I was the choice of the captain in '11 and we Now we have to come back as two leaders of this team, will have fun, but we are here to win. "

KINGS OF CALIFORNIA

Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Billy Casper – all native Californians – now share an obscure record for most wins on the 14-year-old PGA Tour in California.

But there are differences.

Woods won his four-course tournaments: eight at Torrey Pines, three at La Costa Resort, two at Pebble Beach and one at Harding Park. Nine of its 14 were regular PGA tournaments. He has won American victories at Torrey and Pebble, two world championships at La Costa (Match Play) and one at Harding Park.

Mickelson has won several times at all West Coast venues, with the exception of the Safeway Open at Silverado, which has only been in existence for five years. In addition to his five AT-T Pebble Beach Pro-Am titles, Lefty has won three victories at Torrey Pines and twice at former Bob Hope Classic, Riviera and the Mercedes championship for the winners of La Costa.

Casper was the real king of California. He won the US Open at the Olympic Club in 1966. He won two wins at Pebble and the Hope and twice in the Los Angeles area on different courses, including the Riviera. He has also won seven other PGA tournaments, some of which no longer exist, such as the Bakersfield Open and the Hesperia Open.

In total, Casper won his 14 titles in California on 12 courses. This does not include rotating three courses in the hope.

CADDY OF KUCHAR

When he won the Mayakoba Classic, Matt Kuchar's Mexican cadet told golf.com that he had received $ 5,000 the night following the victory and that Kuchar had then offered an additional $ 15,000 that He had refused because he found it unacceptable.

"No thanks, they can keep their money," said David Girl Ortiz at the site.

Kuchar used Ortiz for Mayakoba while his regular cadet could not do it. Kuchar won $ 1,296,000 for the win.

Michael Bamberger from golf.com spoke to Ortiz through a translator. The cadet stated that the initial agreement was $ 3,000, plus an unspecified percentage of what Kuchar had earned. Ortiz says that he did not expect to be paid as a regular PGA Tour cadet – a typical gain is 10% for a win – but he thought it was worth $ 50,000.

The story was relegated to social media last month when PGA Tour champion Tom Gillis tweeted about it, saying Kuchar was only paying $ 3,000. When asked about this at the Sony Open, Kuchar said, "This was not 10%, it was not $ 3,000." It's not a story. "

According to the website, Ortiz wrote in an email addressed to Kuchar's agent, Mark Steinberg, on Jan. 24: "I'm not trying to belittle Matt or give him a bad name." Fair is fair, and J & Have the impression of having been put to use by placing my trust in Matt. "

Ortiz says he wrote three e-mails and received a response from Steinberg stating in particular: "What Matt has proposed is right".

WEB PRESIDENT

Alex Baldwin was named president of the Web.com Tour, becoming the first woman to lead one of six PGA Tour sanctioned tours. She replaces Dan Glod, president of the last two years of the main PGA Tour development tour, which plays a role in the sponsorship strategy.

Baldwin was most recently Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for the tour.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan called it a "defining moment for our organization".

Before joining the tour in 2017, Baldwin worked for Fenway Sports Management and CAA Sports. She was also an agent at IMG, where her clients included Karrie Webb and Brad Faxon, Hall of Fame members.

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James Hahn and Kevin Kisner have been elected co-chairs of the Players Advisory Council for 2019. This means that they will join the PGA Tour's policy board next year for a three-year term. Hahn and Kisner were elected instead of Paul Casey and Justin Thomas. An international player has never served on the PGA Tour board. … Hall of Fame launcher John Smoltz, winner of the Diamond Resorts tournament by celebrities, gets sponsors exemptions for three PGA Tour Champions events: the Cologuard Classic in Arizona (March 1-3) , the Mitsubishi Electric Classic outside Atlanta (April 19-21) and the Wisconsin US Family Insurance Championship (June 21-23). … The Web.com Tour has added the Robert Trent Jones Golf Championship in Alabama to its calendar, which runs from April 18 to 21.

STAT OF THE WEEK

With his victory at Pebble Beach, Phil Mickelson joined Tiger Woods as the only player to surpass the $ 90 million career gains of the PGA Tour. Woods, with now more than $ 115 million, has surpassed the $ 90 million mark of 10 years ago.

FINAL WORD

"The behavior is not acceptable, but what's going on? What has led to this behavior? It's the question." – Paul Casey, on Sergio Garcia, damaging five greens by frustration to Saudi Arabia.