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Golf Channel’s Coverage of The Open Drives Record Viewership and Builds Upon 5 Straight Quarters of Year-over-Year Growth

Golf Channel Digital Streamed 58 Million Minutes during The Open,  More Than Any Previous Quarter

The momentum Golf Channel has generated in 2016 continues with its most-watched July in the network’s 21-year history. July saw Golf Channel post its most-watched day ever and place as the No. 1 sports network during the network’s inaugural coverage of The Open, overall building upon five straight quarters of year-over-year growth. Ultimately, Golf Channel drew more than 16 million unique viewers in July (+17% vs. July ’15) – most-viewed month year-to-date – and had 17 programs average more than a half million viewers (+31% vs. July ’15, 116 programs +500k viewers YTD, +29% vs 2015 YTD). And Golf Channel continues to deliver the most-affluent audience in television in Total Day and Primetime, according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

On Wednesday at the Billy Casper Pro-Member Tournament, four different golfers recorded holes-in-one, including two in the same grouping on the same hole.

Whenever you see a headline like this, you immediately do a double-take.

So let me try and put this into perspective.

The National Hole In One Association has been recording holes-in-one for over thirty years, and have determined the odds of players hitting one. Golf Digest simplified the information into a nice infographic, but here's what we learned.

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In this post we are going to teach you one of our favorite mobility drills for increasing the mobility in the hamstrings and hips! The world famous pancake stretch! Done correctly this exercise can drastically increase the length in your hamstrings which will allow your glutes to fire and increase your driving distance dramatically.

In the last couple years I honestly can say I have grown more personally and professionally than I ever have. Some of this growth was forced! Which for some reason tends to be the main reason we change as humans. It takes a major life event like a heart attack or major disease. For me it was pain. I was dealing with some major issues that finally motivated me to see a doctor and finally get a MRI for some back issues I had been fighting for a while.

Change in lot of situations has to be FORCED.

This change and growth has been amazing and has had a profound impact on my personal health as well as what we do at premier with our clients. One of the greatest things about our team is the push to constantly grow and learn. There is a constant pursuit to drive change and ultimately have a bigger impact on the people we work with and in our society.

How many of you out there have let a great round slip away because the pressure gets to you at the worst possible moment?

We've all been there. It doesn't matter who you are.

For some of us, the meltdown might be this: You know you're playing great. You're on the verge of breaking 90 for the first time and it's weighing on you. "Wow! I'm finally going to do it."

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Jordan Spieth withdrew from the Olympics on Monday, leaving golf without its top four players when the sport returns to the games for the first time since 1904.

The decision was announced by International Golf Federation President Peter Dawson.

Spieth is the latest golfer to say he was not going to Rio, telling the IGF it was for "health reasons." He had until midnight Monday in Scotland to decide. He was practicing at Royal Troon during the IGF news conference and was not expected to speak until Tuesday.

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Over the course of a given year, I'm able to get an up close look at some incredible golf gear. Periodically, I like to compile a product round-up of some of my favorites.

Here's a peek at a list of items I've had the opportunity to test in the last couple of months that you may want to consider for your own game -- everything from clubs, to gadgets to apparel and more.

Let's break them down by product type.

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Who out there is guilty of slinging an overloaded golf bag?

Come on. I can't be the only one raising my hand.

Just because many great golf bags today feature loads of pockets doesn't mean we have to fill them all up. Admittedly, I'm still trying to grasp that concept.

During a recent round at an exceptional golf course that required our foursome to take caddies (which I love on those rare, special occasions, by the way), I realized what a problem my "loading the golf bag" issue had become when my caddie demanded I switch my stand bag for a lightweight loaner bag from the bag room.

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Golfer Rory McIlroy became one of the most high-profile sports stars to opt out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns about the Zika virus, saying Wednesday it is "a risk I am unwilling to take."

"After speaking with those closest to me, I've come to realize that my health and my family's health comes before anything else," the four-time major winner said in a statement released by his management company.

The fourth-ranked McIlroy was scheduled to play for Ireland as golf makes its return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

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Suzy Whaley congratulated competitors and spoke with friends and fans behind the 18th green at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford on Sunday.

She beamed with pride, not only as PGA Secretary, but also as a woman, watching the final round of the inaugural Hartford Women's Open.

"This is incredible," said Whaley of Farmington. "The opportunity to play in such a tournament is significant. And to play at such courses as Keney and Goodwin is even better."

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