New studio. New format. New co-hosts. The list of reasons to wake up to television’s only live morning golf show just got longer with the announcement that Golf Channel’s popular Morning Drive has expanded to seven days a week with a starting time of 7AM ET.
Since Morning Drive’s debut in January 2011, the show has become appointment viewing for viewers seeking the latest golf news and information, as well as expert analysis and discussion about all things golf.
The show’s new format will continue to set the table for what’s new each day in professional golf, while expanding its scope to cover the golfing lifestyle including how to play, what to play and where to play.
By expanding to seven days each week, the new Morning Drive cast just got larger. Current co-hosts Gary Williams, Damon Hack and Holly Sonders will be joined by analyst Charlie Rymer to form the on-air “foursome” typically covering Thursdays through Mondays.
Longtime Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman will be a central figure mid-week on Morning Drive, typically on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Matt Ginella comes to Morning Drive after 11 years as the travel editor for Golf Digest magazine. Ginella has garnered a keen sense for what makes a golf course a destination for golfers of all tastes and will be co-host throughout the week. And Lauren Thompson, who has been a regular contributor to the show, now will have a permanent role, providing news updates and reports for midweek shows.
Several regular contributors and guest hosts include Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster Ahmad Rashad, 11-time PGA TOUR winner and recent champion of the 2013 Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour, John Cook and Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam.
Turn on. Tune-in. Tee off. Mornings at 7AM ET on Golf Channel.
Al Batross is a writer for Golf Channel social media specializing in inside looks into Golf Channel original programming and tournament coverage.
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