NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes & Notes: June 9-12

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 7, 2016, 9:25 pm

Ko and Thompson Lead 18 of Top-20 in the World Competing in 2nd Women’s Major of 2016 at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Airing in Primetime on Golf Channel & NBC from Sahalee Country Club Near Seattle

PGA TOUR Champions Concludes Stretch of Three Majors in Four Weeks with Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Outside Philadelphia

Johnson, Mickelson Headline Field at FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis with Four Invites to 145TH Open Available through Open Qualifying Series

Web.com Tour in Illinois for Rust-Oleum Championship 

European Tour in Austria for Lyoness Open

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 7, 2016) – The LPGA Tour stages its second major of the season this week with the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club outside of Seattle. Golf Channel and NBC will combine to air live, primetime tournament coverage featuring 18 of the top-20 players in the world, including Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson. The PGA TOUR Champions are in Philadelphia for the Tour’s third major in four weeks with the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, with Bernhard Langer defending his 2015 title. Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka headline the PGA TOUR’s FedEx St. Jude Classic this week, with a possible four invitations to The 145TH Open available for players not already exempt who finish inside the top-12 (and ties). The Web.com Tour is in Illinois for the Rust-Oleum Championship, while the European Tour is in Austria for the Lyoness Open.




KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Dates: June 9-12                                                                         

Venue: Sahalee Country Club, Sammamish, Wash.


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         7-10 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-3:30 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              7-10 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-3:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          5-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Sunday            6-8:30 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)


Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          2-5 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            4:30-6 p.m. (Live)


Broadcast Notes:

NBC Sports tournament coverage airing live and in primetime, with NBC broadcast leading into Golf Channel’s telecast on the weekend: NBC Sports Group will showcase the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship live and in primetime on the East Coast, Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12. Weekend lead-in live coverage will begin on NBC on both Saturday and Sunday, with continuing coverage both days airing on Golf Channel.

Golf Central on-site from Sahalee Country Club: Golf Channel’s signature news program, Golf Central, will provide on-site news coverage throughout the week from Sahalee Country Club. Cara Robinson will anchor Golf Central’s live coverage from Sahalee Country Club, and will be joined by analysts Brandel Chamblee and Paige Mackenzie, with Lisa Cornwell reporting and conducting player interviews.

Golf Central Special player news conferences airing from 5-6 p.m. ET on Wednesday: On Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET, Golf Central will air a special player news conferences show from the media center at Sahalee Country Club, featuring players in the field looking ahead to their opening round on Thursday.

Park chasing history: Inbee Park this week will attempt to become the first female golfer to win the same major in four consecutive years. Combatting injuries to her left thumb and back all season, she needs only to complete her opening round to record her 10th start of the year and meet the LPGA Hall of Fame’s 10-year LPGA membership requirement, though she has withdrawn after the opening round in each of her last two starts.

Jutanugarn vying for fourth consecutive victory: Ariya Jutanugarn will look to continue her streak as the hottest player in the game of late, having won in each of her last three starts. She’ll look to become the first player to win four straight events in which she’s competed in since Lorena Ochoa did it in 2008.

KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Airing on Golf Live Extra, CNBC.com on Wednesday: Golf Central also will offer news coverage of the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be hosted on-site on Wednesday, and assemble accomplished leaders in sports, business, politics and media to inspire the next generation of women leaders. Condoleezza Rice and Annika Sorenstam will keynote the gathering, with NBC’s Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya serving as master of ceremonies. Sessions will be moderated by NBC on-air talent including: NBC News and MSNBC Business Correspondent Olivia Sterns, CNBC Contributor Deidre Bosa and Golf Channel/NBC play-by-play host Terry Gannon. The summit will be streamed live from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on Golf Live Extra Powered by PlayMaker Media and via CNBC.com.

UL International crown field to be finalized at week’s end: Following the conclusion of this week’s event, the four highest ranked players from each of the eight qualifying countries will make up their respective teams for next month’s UL International Crown match play event. The eight countries will be seeded #1 through #8, and will be divided into two pools based on the cumulative total of the four players’ Rolex World Rankings published following the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Park defends: Inbee Park finished five shots clear of the field at Westchester Country Club to win her third straight KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun, Anna Nordqvist and Gerina Piller.


NBC Sports Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Dan Hicks / Terry Gannon (Thursday-Friday)

Analyst: Annika Sorenstam / Judy Rankin (Thursday-Friday) / Curt Byrum (Saturday-Sunday)    

Tower: Tom Abbott / Curt Byrum (Thursday-Friday)

On-Course: Kay Cockerill / Mark Rolfing

Interviews: Steve Sands


Golf Central Broadcast Team:

Host: Cara Robinson

Analyst: Brandel Chamblee / Paige Mackenzie

Reporter: Lisa Cornwell




Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

Dates: June 9-12

Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon Course), Flourtown, Pa.


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-5:30 a.m. (Monday replay)


Broadcast Notes:

Bookending a stretch of three PGA TOUR Champions majors in four weeks: This week’s Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship will mark Golf Channel and NBC’s coverage of the third PGA TOUR Champions major over a four week stretch. Golf Channel and NBC also will carry exclusive coverage of the Tour’s next major, the Senior Open from Carnoustie Golf Links, July 21-24.  

Langer defends: Bernhard Langer finished six strokes ahead of the field to earn his fifth senior major and 24th career PGA TOUR Champions victory.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, John Daly, Tom Watson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Vijay Singh, Rocco Mediate, Jeff Maggert, Jesper Parnevik and Kenny Perry.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

Interviews: Tim Rosaforte




FedEx St. Jude Classic

Dates: June 9-12

Venue: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-3:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4 a.m. (Monday replay)


Broadcast Notes:   

Four potential invites to 145TH Open available through Open Qualifying Series: This event serves as a qualifier for The 2016 Open as part of The Open Qualifying Series. Up to four places in the field at Royal Troon are available this week for players finishing in the top-12 (and ties) not already exempt into the event.

Gomez defends: Fabian Gomez finished four shots ahead of Greg Owen for his inaugural PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Luke Donald, Retief Goosen, Lee McCoy, Graeme McDowell, Robby Shelton and Jon Curran.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson      

Analyst: Jim Gallagher Jr.

Tower: Frank Nobilo / Matt Gogel

On-Course: Phil Blackmar / Damon Hack

Interviews: Rex Hoggard




Rust-Oleum Championship

Dates: June 9-12                                                                         

Venue: Ivanhoe Club, Ivanhoe, Ill.   


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday              10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Sunday            9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)


Broadcast Notes:

Headlining the field: Ben Curtis, Oliver Goss, Ollie Schniederjans, Casey Wittenberg, Richy Werenski, Matthew Goggin, Brad Fritsch, Andrew Svoboda, Ryan Armour and Len Mattiace.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Grant Boone

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Steve Burkowski

On-Course: Tripp Isenhour / Gary Christian




Lyoness Open

Dates: June 9-12

Venue: Diamond Country Club (Diamond Course), Atzenbrugg, Austria


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-7 a.m. / 9-10:30 a.m. (Live)

Friday              5-7 a.m. / 9-10:30 a.m. (Live)

Saturday          6-10 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            5:30-10 a.m. (Live)


Broadcast Notes:

Wood defends: Chris Wood won by two shots over Rafa Cabrera-Bello for his second career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Y.E. Yang, Thomas Bjorn, David Howell, Bernd Wiesberger, Chris Wood, Lasse Jensen and Sepp Straka.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Mike Ritz

Play by Play: Dominik Holyer

Analyst: Tony Johnstone

On-Course: Julian Tutt


-NBC Sports Group-

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.