Mark Rolfing and Frank Nobilo will serve the host/analyst for both the Mastercard Championship at Hualalai and the following weeks Turtle Bay Championship. Rolfing has served as host for several Champions Tour events on the Golf Channel while Nobilo made his debut as lead analyst on Champions Tour telecasts in 2004.
For the majority of events in 2007, Brian Hammons - who is an original member of the Golf Channel on-air team - and Nobilo will serve as the host/analyst team.
In addition, Dave Marr III and Mark Lye will also handle play-by-play and analyst duties, respectively. Lye is entering his fourth year as a member of the Champions Tour team and will continue to provide on-course analysis when he is not competing or serving as lead analyst. Marr will continue his on the couch interview sessions when he is not hosting the telecast.
Adding insight and expert analysis is a team of on-course reporters that have extensive tournament golf experience from both sides of the ropes. They include:
Billy Ray Brown, a newcomer to the Golf Channel who has worked numerous PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and LPGA events for ABC and ESPN.
Donna Caponi-Byrnes, an LPGA Hall of Famer who has been a mainstay on Golf Channel Champions Tour telecasts.
John Mahaffey, who joined the Golf Channel in 2004 after winning 10 times on the PGA TOUR including one major, the 1978 PGA Championship, and the 1986 Players Championship.
Brandt Packer will orchestrate the production as producer for all Golf Channel Champions Tour telecasts. Packer has worked for ABC Sports as the lead producer for the majority of the networks golf events in 2006.
We are excited about the assembled Champions TOUR team and the product that we will deliver to our viewers at the MasterCard Championship in January, said Tony Tortorici, vice president, Production & executive producer for the Golf Channel. The team has vast knowledge as well as insight that will lend itself to an informative and entertaining viewing experience.
As a part of the Golf Channels umbrella agreement with the PGA TOUR, the network remains the exclusive cable television home of the Champions Tour through 2021. In 2007, the network will provide all rounds of 22 Champion Tour events and early round coverage of four other tournaments.
The Golf Channel (www.thegolfchannel.com), co-founded by Arnold Palmer, is available in more than 100 million homes throughout the United States, Canada and Japan through cable, satellite and wireless companies. It features a programming schedule that includes more live golf coverage than any other network ' an extensive blend of golf competition from around the world ' as well as news, instruction and original specials. In addition to being the exclusive television home of the Nationwide Tour, European Tour and Canadian Tour, the Golf Channel is the exclusive cable home of the Champions Tour and televises other competition from the LPGA Tour, USGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour of Southern Africa.
Beginning in January, the Golf Channel will embark on its 15-year agreement as the exclusive cable television home for the PGA TOUR. The networks annual coverage will feature early-round coverage of the entire FedEx Cup season, including the World Golf Championships, THE TOUR Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship, the PGA TOURs crown jewel. In total, early-round coverage of 30 events will air on the Golf Channel.
Also included in the package will be 13 full, four-round events beginning with the seasons first three tournaments ' Mercedes-Benz Championships, Sony Open in Hawaii and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic hosted by George Lopez ' and the seven official money events following THE TOUR Championship. The network also will provide full coverage of three tournaments played opposite golfs majors and World Golf Championships.