Charlie Rymer leaving Golf Channel's 'Morning Drive'
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Charlie Rymer leaving Golf Channel’s ‘Morning Drive’

Charlie Rymer has been a long-tenured voice on Golf Channel, using his PGA Tour (and PGA Tour Champions) experience to offer analysis for the network's programming. Rymer has been a voice on pre-game and post-game shows, as well "Golf Central" and, in recent years, "Morning Drive."

Rymer's Golf Channel run on "Morning Drive" came to a close, however, on Dec. 16, 2018. After a six-year stint on Golf Channel's morning show, Rymer was a part of the crew for the final time.

Emotional goodbye

“It’s been a wonderful run here, you guys are going to make me cry,” Rymer said at the end of the Sunday show.

Rymer's castmates on "Morning Drive," including Gary Williams and Paige Mackenzie, offered warm wishes for the man known as "The Big Timer."

“When we started I said, this is not going to last,” said Williams in the final minutes of the show. “I know one thing: When the light went on, ‘The Big Timer’ brought it.”

What's next for Charlie Rymer

In 2019, Charlie Rymer will take on a dramatically scaled-back role with Golf Channel. He still intends to appear on the air occasionally, but he won't be a regular presence on the network. All told, Rymer has spent 11 years with Golf Channel, where he arrived after a run on ESPN as a PGA Tour analyst.

Rymer, the 1985 US Junior Amateur champion, won on the Tour in the 1994 Nike South Carolina Classic. Rymer's all-time best PGA Tour finish was a third-place effort at the 1995 Shell Houston Open.

In 2018, Rymer returned to competitive golf, playing in a handful of PGA Tour Champions events. Rymer struggled, but he was courageous to put his game on display and share the realities of trying to work off years of ring rust.

Rymer hasn't fully revealed what he'll be doing next, but Rymer appears ready to move on to a form of retirement from TV work. Perhaps he'll continue to compete.

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Ryan Ballengee

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