Living Golf : Pro-Am Special

Airtimes: Indian Standard Times


Sat, November 4 at 1800hrs

Sun, November 5 at 1400hrs & 2000hrs

Mon, November 6 at 0900am & 2000hrs


In November, LIVING GOLF focuses on Europe’s highest ranking Pro-Am tournament, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Now that the hard graft of the golfing season is drawing to a close, the professionals can kick back and relax in the only way they know how - by playing with celebrities.


LIVING GOLF explores the tradition of the Pro-Am, which has been a feature of the golfing calendar for over 60 years. Today, the tournaments are attended by the top echelon of the golfing world and high profile stars from other walks of life, but what is it that makes these events so appealing?


The LIVING GOLF team visits St. Andrews to cover the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, one of today’s biggest Pro-Am events. The pros are on hand to offer tips and to analyse which celebrity has the best swing. There is also the chance to catch up with some of the leading amateur talent, which include representatives from Hollywood, the world of rock music and other major sports. Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas, one-time European Footballer of the Year Ruud Gullit and Bon Jovi’s drummer, Tico Torres all spike up for a swing.


LIVING GOLF’s host Don Riddell meets the stars and talks in-depth with British actor Hugh Grant to find out what draws celebrities, and so many people, to the sport. Don also talks with the pros, including members of the recent Ryder Cup teams. He asks them how they cope; trying to play their best game whilst being weighed down by an amateur for the afternoon!


Viewers can also track the progress of the first-ever broadcast journalist to take part in, and report from within, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, as CNN’s Justin Armsden takes on the world’s best, alongside fellow Australian and professional golfer Peter Fowler. LIVING GOLF tracks his performance over three of the six courses at St Andrews on which the event is staged, experiencing the highs and lows of competing on a grand scale, surrounded by major talent and in front of a large audience. And when the golfing is all done, the programme takes a peek behind-the-scenes at the glamorous parties that follow.


With a unique insight into Europe’s biggest Pro-Am, including the opinions of the people who take part, the programme showcases one of the highest profile events in the golfing world. And with CNN’s own representative in the competition there is more than a passing interest in the outcome: How will Justin fare against some of the world’s greatest golfers? Could this be the first golf cup to go in the CNN trophy cabinet?


Presented by Don Riddell, LIVING GOLF looks at golf both on and off the course, teeing up the lifestyle, business, travel, fashion and technology aspects of one of the world’s most popular sports. Bringing news updates from the latest tournaments and majors, the half-hour weekly program also features a series of special packages and interviews as the team crosses the globe to bring viewers the more unusual golfing stories.

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