Golf Channel’s ‘Morning Drive’ is down to its final episode. Who’s going where?

Tim Schmitt
·3 min read

Sunday marks the end of an era at Golf Channel as the long-running “Morning Drive” program will air for the final time.

The network announced earlier this year that changes were coming, including a complete relocation from its Orlando offices into the NBC Sports studios near New York City.

Golf Channel, which celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year, airs in more than 70 countries and nine languages.

Some are making the move, but many are not, including some associated with “Morning Drive,” like Gary Williams — who started as a co-host in 2011 — Robert Damron and Lauren Thompson.

The network recently announced the hiring of Shane Bacon, who will serve as a co-host for a new, live daily show, “Golf Today.” Fellow hosts are Damon Hack, Anna Whiteley and Jimmy Roberts. That show debuts on Monday, Jan. 4.

Sunday’s broadcast should be an emotional one. It starts at 10 a.m. ET and should have plenty of highlights spanning the show’s tenure.

Our own Eamon Lynch has been a contributor on the show, and he shared some shots from the studio.

Paige Mackenzie was a co-host and she said via social media she’ll be heading west to Arizona, but will still be a part of the Golf Channel studio programs and tournaments. She was an analyst during NBC’s U.S. Women’s Open coverage and is expected to see her role on LPGA broadcasts grow in the future.

Williams wished those making the move to Connecticut all the best:

Damron said he’ll still be on PGA Tour Live broadcasts, but will also be enjoying life.

And Damon Hack showed his appreciation for Williams (and all his co-workers) while working the LPGA event in Naples.

And other staffers have looked back at a special decade as well.


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