'The Office's Andy Buckley Guest Hosts Golf Channel's MORNING DRIVE


Actor Andy Buckley from the NBC comedy series, ‘The Office,' joins MORNING DRIVE as a guest co-host Monday and Tuesday this week. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank co-hosts Morning Drive on Wednesday and Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam co-hosts Wednesday-Friday. Also on Thursday, Hall-of-Famer and Golf Channel co-founder ARNOLD PALMER returns to Golf Channel’s Orlando studios as a special guest. Audio and video clips from each show are posted online daily, and live audio for Morning Drive is streamed online at WWW.GOLFCHANNEL.COM/MORNINGDRIVE.

Morning Drive
Airtimes: Monday-Friday, 7-9 a.m.
Hosts: Andy Buckley, Charlie Rymer, Gary Williams, Annika Sorenstam and Holly Sonders
Special Guest: Arnold Palmer (Thursday)

Original Programming Premieres and Highlights
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Big Break Greenbrier (Episode Five)
Airtime: Tuesday, 9-10 p.m.
Hosts: Tom Abbott, Stephanie Sparks
Competitors Eliminated:
Derek Bohlen (Fountain Hills, Ariz. / Waterloo, Iowa)
Liam Friedman (Lackawanna, N.Y.)
Stu Gold (West Haven, Utah)
Michael Tobiason (Wilmington, Del.)

The contestants’ shot-making abilities are put to the test right out of the gate as they attempt to negotiate the infamous ‘flop wall.’ An industrious player shows the potential to turn imagination into immunity, while a competitive favorite faces the prospect of elimination in a surprising turn of events that requires overtime to determine who is safe and on to the next series.

BIG BREAK GREENBRIER features a cast of 12 accomplished golfers – several have multiple victories on the various mini tours all over the world, while others are resuming their golf careers after stepping away from competitive golf. The champion of Big Break Greenbrier will have the opportunity to put his career on the fast track with an invitation to compete in the 2013 Greenbrier Classic and more than $80,000 in cash and prizes.

Chasing the Dream (Episode Five)
Airtime: Tuesday, 10-10:30 p.m.
Starring: Robbie Biershenk, Chris Anderson

On a new episode of Chasing the Dream, Robbie helps Chris “Big Daddy” Patton with work on his farm in exchange for caddying in an NGA Tour Pro Series event in Gainesville, Ga., and Chris plays in his first Golden State Tournament in Southern California. Both struggle in the match play format of the tournaments and face elimination during the course of the episode.

Our Longest Drive (Episode Three)
Airtime: Tuesday, 10:30-11 p.m.
Starring: Vic Zast, Dan Johnson, Jim Thompson and Mike Allen

The journey continues through northern Canada on Our Longest Drive, where the travelers meet interesting people, encounter breakdowns, and play a unique round of golf in what is widely known as the smallest desert in the world, the Carcross Desert in the Yukon territory.

Our Longest Drive follows Vic, Dan, Jim and Mike (whose ashes are along for the ride in a cherry wood box) on an adventure of a lifetime to the Arctic Circle for one last round of golf. All past retirement age, each with health issues and no previous experience traveling in an RV, these men are not ideally suited for the trek ahead. Nonetheless, each man shares a love of golf and for each other, and embraces a common goal to honor Mike with this journey.

Top 10 – Ben Hogan (New)
Airtime: Monday, 8-8:30 p.m.
Host: Lauren Thompson

Host Lauren Thompson will count down the Top 10 moments from the distinguished career of Ben Hogan, one of golf’s fiercest competitors and also one of its greatest stories.

Instruction Programming Premieres and Highlights
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The Golf Fix (Season Finale)
Airtime: Monday, 7-8 p.m.
Host: Michael Breed

In the final Golf Fix studio show of the year, host Michael Breed looks back at the top moments from this year’s major championships and shows that were filmed on the road. The show also highlights several of the top guests in 2012, including Casey Martin, Sam Saunders, Stacy Lewis, Sandra Gal and Jordan Babineaux.

School of Golf (New)
Airtime: Wednesday, 7-7:30 p.m.
Chapter 30: Drive for Show
Host: Martin Hall
Co-Host: Holly Sonders

School of Golf host Martin Hall discusses the importance of having a go-to shot, and teaches the three most-common go-to shots in the game. Holly Sonders helps answer viewer questions and assists with the instruction.

Big Break Academy – Mid to Long Irons
Airtime: Tuesday, 11-11:30 p.m.
Host: Michael Breed
Guest: Big Break Episode Fifth Episode Eliminated Competitor

Host Michael Breed visits with the most recent Big Break Greenbrier competitor eliminated earlier in the evening to discuss how to become more consistent with the middle and long irons. They will share tips and drills to help viewers become better ball strikers.

News and Talk Show Programming Premieres and Highlights
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On the Range (New – Charles Schwab Cup Championship and WGC-HSBC Champions)
Hosts: Gary Williams, Billy Harmon, Grant Waite
Contributors: Billy Kratzert (on-site at Charles Schwab Cup); Alex Miceli (on-site at WGC-HSBC Champions
Airtime: Wednesday, 9-10 p.m.

On the Range takes viewers through the tournament preparation of the top players in the field at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and the WGC-HSBC Champions. Gary Williams hosts as Billy Harmon, Grant Waite, Billy Kratzert and Alex Miceli take viewers to the driving ranges featuring an in-depth look at practice routines and providing swing analysis and player interviews.

Golf Central
Live Airings: Monday, 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday, 6-6:30 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, 7-7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 6-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday, 10:30-11 p.m.
Sunday, 11:30 p.m.-Midnight

Golf Central Pre Game
Live Airings: Thursday-Saturday, 4-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 3-3:30 p.m.

Golf Central and Golf Central Pre Game delivers the latest news, analysis and highlights from the world of golf throughout the week, including the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and WGC-HSBC Champions.

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