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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The PGA Tour Gives You Your Holly Sonders Fix Today

You'll notice that this post includes the tag "tour business." Let's be honest about things, right? We all know why the Humana Challenge gave Holly Sonders one of the four celebrity invitations. (According to the Golf Digest article where I got the photo, the other invites went to actor Craig T. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely, and singer Michael Bolton.)

Holly Sonders

Not that I have a problem with that. Regardless of the jokes that the invite has provoked, Golf Digest didn't title their article "Holly Sonders Reaffirms Her Rock Star Status, Receives Invitation to Humana Challenge Pro-Am" for nothing.

Whether we like it or not, pro golf is a business. Events are given the right to issue special invitations and exemptions for that very reason -- to attract more viewers. And even the most cynical of golf fans will admit that Holly Sonders attracts viewers.

More importantly, Holly can play. (GC lists her as a 7 handicap.) If you've watched any of the Playing Lessons shows she's done, you'll frequently see that the pros are impressed with her shots. For all the glamor shoots and such that focus on her looks, the fact remains that she's a very capable athlete.

GolfTalkCentral has posted the new pro pairings for Holly. Several different pairing were originally released but apparently the PGA Tour felt they could get more attention from her appearance.

Today she's scheduled to play with John Daly and Jesper Parnevik at 12:30pm ET, according to the GolfTalkCentral post. But she'll still be on the course when GC begins coverage (times are listed at the end of this post). And of course you can be sure GC will have plenty of tape showing her best shots from before the broadcast.

Her tee time on Friday (and, I presume, her pairing) aren't available yet.

And on Saturday she gets the marquee group with Brandt Snedeker and Rickie Fowler at 1:20pm ET, guaranteeing plenty of TV time.

GC will have the PreGame Show at 2:30pm ET, then start regular coverage at 3pm. Enjoy your Holly fix, golf fans!

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