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Saturday
Feb162013

Audible: Golf Channel Showing Women's Aus Open Live

I'm sure after a few phone calls to Ponte Vedra, Golf Channel makes the call to show 15-year-old Lydia Ko's bid to win the Australian Open live. The adjusted ET air schedule:

9:30PM – 2:00AM            Final Round ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open (Live)
 
2:00AM – 5:00AM            Round 3 Northern Trust Open (Replay)
 
5:00AM – 7:00AM            Round 2 ACE Group Classic (Replay)

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Great decision, even if the ratings might be poor. Could be history made overnight!
02.16.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Congratulations on someone thinking on their feet! Should be awesome, if the word gets out. NBC would do well to promote it on their self promo blips tonite!

I hope this wonderful young woman gets it done, and never loses here amazing flatline personality. I wouldn't want everyone to be this ''bland'', but she seems to be true to herself, and if that is how she is, so be it! Was amazed the other day when she talked about playing with W#1 and her fave player, Michelle, and said it so matter of factly, instead of little girl giggly- just amazing !

Certainly a refreshing change from fist pumping screaming as has been the PGA fashion for a few years.

Sorry Del, but those commercials with your guy, mouth open screaming, are not very flattering, and little Miss Ko is just pleasant in contrast. I'll be watching tonite, and guess what, I'm a Nielson recorder this week!
02.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I know this is on local TV as well but generally speaking is the any way to get golf channel in Australia?
02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichard
@tlavin - What would that history be? Lydia Ko won a more important event called the Canadian Women's Open last summer that is a fully sanctioned LPGA event.
02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWayne
Wayne, I believe history would be an Am winning back to back National Championships, the NZ and now Aus.
02.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
First sign that the Champions/Senior/Legends Tour is dead?
02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Judge Lavin is right; its a great decision.

Geoff, I know how much you adore Riviera and all. I do too. But this thing going on in New Zealand and now Australia with Lydia Ko is incredible. Not sure if I am imagining it, but it seems like that whole tour is energized by one 15 year old.
02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
"it seems like that whole tour is energized by one 15 year old."

she's got "it"...if Harry Potter was a girl, he'd be Lydia Ko.
02.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
I watched it last night, was great, but direct TV labeled it as PGA tour golf and I almost skipped it. Was fun to watch live golf a 12:00 am
02.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark
I also applaud the decision to carry the final round live. What I found troubling was the GC's attempt to artifically involve itself in the Lydia Ko story. By that I mean, the use of Rick Lerner as a commentator without disclosing that he was thousands of miles away in Orlando. This was sneaky. Unethical. It's the broadcast equivalent of someone improving their lie. Newspapers don't allow fake datelines, nor should broadcasters. He used phrases like `we're back'; `the weather is'; and called several consecutive shots. Actually, it was a laughable performance. His absence from the scene was obvious. And no more so when he blew a critical call on the 14th hole. He gave the advantage to Ko, when in fact she was on the green in three, not two. I'm uncomfortable with this practice.The guy who calls the Super Bowl is in the stadium, he's not across the country watching a live feed. And it's also insulting to Jane Crafter and her colleagues at the Aussie network. There work was thorough and professional. We don't need a guy faking his presence to make the tournament any more enjoyable.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiberty Apples

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