Golf News for Thursday, July 26, 2007 | Media

CBS special Road to the PGA Championship is scheduled to air

TULSA, Okla. -- Reigning PGA Professional National Champion Chip Sullivan the PGA head professional at Ashley Plantation in Daleville, Va., will be one of the PGA Professionals featured in a CBS special “Road to the PGA Championship,” that will air Sunday, July 29, from 2-3:00 p.m. ET. Sullivan, from Troutville Va., details his life since winning the Championship, which includes an official “Chip Sullivan Day” in his hometown of Troutville.

This one-hour special, hosted by CBS Sports announcer Bill Macatee, will also feature the PGA Professional National Championship, the quest for a top-20 finish and earning a berth into the PGA Championship.

Other featured PGA Professionals include: Ryan Benzel of Bothell, Wash.; Kevin Burton of Boise, Idaho; Micah Rudosky of Cortez, Colo.; Erik Wolf of Palm Desert, Calif.; Phil Schmitt of St. Francesville, La.; and Butch Sheehan of Rancho Mirage, Calif.

In addition, “The Road to the PGA Championship” will air on Golf Channel on the following schedule leading up to the PGA Championship (all times Eastern):

Aug. 5 – 1:00 p.m.
Aug. 6 – 3:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 7 – 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Aug. 8 – 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 9 – 10:00 a.m.

Tickets to the 89th PGA Championship are still available by calling 1-800-PGA-GOLF (732-4653) or by visiting the Championship’s official Web site,

The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together the winners of golf's four major championships. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship’s coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Past Champions span both the legendary and recent stars of the game: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson.

The PGA of America is the world's largest working sports organization, comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA Sections nationwide. Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position in a $62 billion-a-year industry by growing the game of golf through its premier spectator events, world-class education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions. Today's PGA Professional is the public's link to the game, serving an essential role in the operation of golf facilities throughout the country.