ORLANDO, Fla. -- The season finale of Golf Channel’s IN PLAY WITH JIMMY ROBERTS airs Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET with a new slate of real-life stories within the game of golf, headlined by a rare one-on-one interview with President George W. Bush and a sit down interview with Michael J. Fox on the set of his new NBC sitcom.
Host Jimmy Roberts, a 13-time Emmy Award-winner, has drawn critical praise for telling some of sports’ greatest stories during his distinguished career at NBC Sports, ESPN and ABC News and ABC Sports, which includes covering 14 Olympics. Described as “an enterprising new original series” by Sports Illustrated and a “gorgeously shot magazine show” by CableFAX Daily, IN PLAY WITH JIMMY ROBERTS is a monthly series that chronicles stories ranging from celebrities to everyday people who are all unified by golf.
Scheduled features on the Tuesday, Sept. 24 episode:
* President George W. Bush talks golf and politics – President George W. Bush sits down for a one-on-one conversation with Roberts at the site of this year’s Walker Cup. President Bush discusses his family’s deep roots in golf, his passion for the game, the parallels he’s seen between the sport and politics and why it is good for U.S. Presidents to play golf.
* Michael J. Fox on how he took up golf – From the set of his new NBC sitcom – the Michael J. Fox Show, premiering Sept. 26 – Fox discusses with Roberts how he got started in the game of golf after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease as well as his love for the game. Fox also takes Roberts behind the scenes at his new show and why he loves being known as the worst golfer to have ever graced the cover of Golf Digest.
* Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Francis Ouimet’s U.S. Open Victory – One hundred years ago, Francis Ouimet pulled off the greatest upset in golf history at the 1913 U.S. Open. IN PLAY looks back at the story of his triumph, and how it gave rise to the birth of golf in America.
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