Bob Gillespie



Thursday at The Ocean Course: Golf Channel debuts tribute to Hogan, Snead, Nelson on 100th anniversa

Posted 8/9/2012 5:47:00 PM

The PGA Championship, as is the case with each year’s first three major championships, is a time when the golf industry uses the event’s high profile to promote all things golf. Golf Channel is doing just that next week when it airs its production of “American Triumvirate,” an hour-long special celebrating the 100th anniversary of the births of three giants of the game: Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead.

The film is based on the new book, “American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and the Modern Age of Golf,” by author James Dodson. Its debut is Monday, Aug. 13 (Hogan’s birthday) at 9 p.m. Actor Kurt Russell narrates what a Golf Channel release describes as “an in-depth look at the careers and lives of each man and who they were beyond the record books.”

The film “will show how this triumvirate of men helped save the sport in America and shape a modern, new era of golf,” the release said.

Zurich, sponsor of the PGA Tour’s New Orleans tournament, will sponsor the program with “limited commercial interruption,” a Golf Channel spokesperson said.

A sneak peek at “American Triumvirate” was shown Tuesday at Kiawah Island’s Turtle Point Club to media and PGA of America officials.