Golf Channel’s live coverage is extensive but confusing. (All times are Eastern.)
- Day One (Wed night/Thurs morn): 12:30am until 3:30am, then another segment from 5:00am until 8:00am.
- Day Two (Thur night/Fri morn): The same as day one EXCEPT Golf Channel is delaying the first segment by two hours and chopping it down by 1/2 hour. So, you get slightly delayed and abridged coverage from 2:30am until 5:00am, then live coverage from 5:00am until 8:00am.
- Day Three (Sat morn): 4:00am to 8:00am.
- Day Four (Sun morn): 3:30am to 8:00am. Not sure why they are starting at 3:30am instead of 3:00am, which is when the UK SkySports live coverage (Golf Channel uses their feed) begins. Maybe they will change that; I’ve seen GC adjust their coverage schedule on the fly a few times.
There’s a super handy listing on the European Tour website showing television stations and times for every nation covering the event — and there are a LOT of them.
The early/late half of the draw includes Rory, Rickie, Matteo, Stenson, Els, and Donaldson. The late/early draw features Rose and Kaymer, as well as three young guys I’ll also be following: Pepperell, Fleetwood, and Levy.
There’s a good, shortish piece on Rickie Fowler at the European Tour website. Rickie talks about the real possibility he might play the European Tour and take part in the Race To Dubai. Sounds like he will be playing both the Irish and Scottish Opens this year, in addition to the British.
There are several other good pieces on Abu Dhabi at the Euro Tour website. Here’s a link to a list of the latest articles.
Don’t forget that Steve Elling lives in the UAE now, so he will be a great source of information these next three weeks as the European Tour makes its swing through that region. This week, Abu Dhabi, then Qatar, then the Dubai Desert Classic. He just tweeted a link to a good, substantial piece on Rory McIlroy by one of his stablemates at The National. Check it out.
Elling also tweeted a heads-up on a young German dynamo named Dominic Foos. He’s 17 years old and playing Abu Dhabi this week. Add him to your list of players to watch.
You may have seen the below side-by-side photo floating around. It’s from the British Open twitter account. It’s Rory at the Open in 2007 and Rory at the Open in 2014:
Lest you think Rory weighed 280 lbs in 2007, watch these two videos from the same time, showing it was a combination of camera angle and loose-fitting clothing. The first is video of Rory playing that day, even including the ball toss in the photo:
The second is Rory being interviewed shortly after the event by a cute girl with the most beautiful Irish accent: