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Golf Channel to Devote 25 Hours of News Coverage to the Final Stage of PGA TOUR Q-School

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ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 19, 2012 – Golf Channel will present an unprecedented number of hours of news coverage of the 2012 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament Final Stage (PGA TOUR Q-School) – one of the most grueling and emotional tests in tournament golf – on-site from PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., Nov. 27-Dec. 2.  Golf Channel will delve into the back-stories and the emotional journeys these players endure as they pursue their dreams of competing on – or returning to – the PGA TOUR in 2013. 

“I’m one of the guys you hear about that missed earning a PGA TOUR Card by a shot at Q-School,” said Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer, who will be a part of Golf Channel’s news coverage throughout the week.  “I found out two hours after I had finished that I missed by one shot. That tournament is the most pressure I ever felt in my career.  To this day, it is still painful for me to watch.  I’m still emotionally scarred.”

“Q-School is the ultimate test of players’ skills, both physically and mentally, said Golf Channel analyst Curt Byrum, who will be covering PGA TOUR Q-School on-site at PGA West.  “We see the pressure bring out some great performances as well as the collapses every year. This year I’m sure will be no exception.”

Golf Channel will surround Q-School’s heart-pounding action throughout the week with comprehensive news coverage, original themed programming and nightly specials that will feature live news reports, highlights, inside analysis, compelling features and player interviews.  Viewers will get to know the history of Q-School, the tournament’s future and the storylines of the players who are competing for the opportunity to join the game’s elite in 2013.  The 2012 Q-School finals marks the last opportunity for golfers to earn PGA TOUR status.

The final stage of PGA TOUR Q-School is a six-round, no-cut event taking place on the TPC Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament Courses at PGA West.  The top-25 finishers, plus ties, will earn their PGA TOUR cards for 2013.  The next group of players nearest to 50 will have full exempt status on the Web.com Tour and the remainder of the field will have conditional status on the Web.com Tour.  Golf Channel will introduce viewers to the next wave of players who will compete on the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tours in 2013.

GOLF CENTRAL Q-SCHOOL SPECIALS WEDNESDAY-MONDAY – All of the action at the PGA TOUR Q-School Finals will be covered in nightly Golf Central Specials Wednesday-Monday (Nov. 28-Dec. 2) at 8 p.m. ET, with extended highlights, live interviews from PGA West and special features.  Wednesday’s two-hour Golf Central (8-10 p.m. ET) – hosted by Whit Watson and Jimmy Roberts – will feature a roundtable panel discussion with several Q-School alums, including Jerry Foltz, Dicky Pride and Tripp Isenhour.  Monday’s live show will be a two-hour recap capturing all of the action from the final day of Q-School and featuring live interviews with players who secured their PGA TOUR cards for 2013.  The network’s team of correspondents will report live and on-site from PGA West, including Curt Byrum, Matt Gogel, Billy Ray Brown and Phil Blackmar.  The special also will incorporate the PGA TOUR card ceremony, when the PGA TOUR’s newest members will receive their PGA TOUR cards.

GOLF CENTRAL SCHEDULED FEATURES
• The future of Q-School – Golf Channel will examine the new process of earning a PGA TOUR Card during Golf Central’s Q-School coverage.
 Looking back at Q-School’s beginnings – PGA TOUR Q-School dates back to 1965.  Golf Channel will take a look back to the first PGA TOUR Q-School, speaking with players who competed in the first edition and the pressure they felt.
• Q-School’s new rules and how it applies to college graduates – Golf Channel sits down with several of the top collegiate golfers to find out if the new process of earning PGA TOUR Cards in 2013 will change their approaches in turning professional.

GOLF CENTRAL BROADCAST TEAM: PGA TOUR Q-School graduate Dicky Pride will join Golf Channel as a contributing analyst for the network’s Q-School news coverage on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from Orlando, where he will join the network’s broadcast team reporting throughout the week, including Whit Watson, Jimmy Roberts, Jerry Foltz, Tripp Isenhour, Charlie Rymer, John Feinstein and Tim Rosaforte.  Todd Lewis will report on-site from PGA West throughout the week.  Monday’s two-hour Golf Central Special (Dec. 3) will feature Golf Channel’s Curt Byrum, Matt Gogel and Billy Ray Brown joining Lewis and Roberts to recap all of the action from the final day with live interviews with the PGA TOUR’s newest members for 2013.

MORNING DRIVE EXPANDS COVERAGE DURING Q-SCHOOL WEEK: Morning Drive will expand its news coverage during PGA TOUR Q-School week to include a special Saturday (Dec. 1) episode, keeping viewers up-to-date on the action.

SPECIAL THEMED PROGRAMMING DURING Q-SCHOOL FINALS WEEK: Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 27-28), Golf Channel’s Top 10 host Lauren Thompson will count down the top-10 heartbreaks that have taken place during the final stage at PGA TOUR Q-School (Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m. ET) and the top-10 breakthroughs (Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. ET).

EXPANDED DIGITAL AND EDITORIAL COVERAGE: Golf Channel.com features expanded editorial content surrounding PGA TOUR Q-School Finals, including:

John Feinstein Weekly Q-School Column
John Feinstein, author of the best-seller Tales From Q-School, Inside Golf’s Fifth Major, is posting a weekly column on the top stories in Q-School history – including this week’s story on George McNeill’s journey to the PGA TOUR – as players endure the highs and lows of attempting to advance to the final stage and earn their PGA TOUR cards. Feinstein’s columns will run through the first week of December.  The following is Feinstein’s most recent column: One Man's Long Journey to the PGA TOUR.

Results From Q-School Sites During First and Second Stages
Golf Channel.com will feature results from all of the sites hosting first and second stages of PGA Tour Q-School, including reports throughout the qualifying process leading up to the final stage at PGA West.

Q-School Finals Comprehensive Editorial Coverage
Golf Channel.com’s team of writers will contribute to the web site’s editorial coverage of the final stage of Q-School with daily columns, news articles, breaking news and special features, including the history of Q-School and the tournament’s future.  GolfChannel.com also will introduce readers to many of the top stories and interesting names who qualified for the final stage.  Rex Hoggard will report on-site from PGA West throughout the week.

Social Media
Golf Channel will engage fans with content via Facebook and Twitter, and also will integrate social media into GolfChannel.com by grouping golf-relevant Twitter handles together, including Golf Channel personalities on-site at PGA West.

Golf Channel / PGA TOUR Q-School Finals Television Schedule (Nov. 27-Dec. 3)
Morning Drive: Tuesday 7-9 a.m.
Golf Central: Tuesday 6-6:30 p.m.
Top 10: PGA TOUR Q-School Heartbreaks: Tuesday 7:30-8 p.m.
  
Morning Drive: Wednesday 7-9 a.m.
Golf Central: Wednesday 6-6:30 p.m.
Top 10: PGA TOUR Q-School Breakthroughs: Wednesday 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School: Wednesday 8-10 p.m.
  
Morning Drive: Thursday 7-9:30 a.m.
Golf Central: Thursday 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School: Thursday 8-8:30 p.m.
  
Morning Drive: Friday 7-9:30 a.m.
Golf Central: Friday 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School: Friday 8-8:30 p.m.
  
Morning Drive: Saturday 7-9 a.m.
Golf Central: Saturday 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School: Saturday 8-8:30 p.m.
  
Golf Central: Sunday 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School: Sunday 8-8:30 p.m.
  
Morning Drive: Monday 7-9 a.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School: Monday 8-10 p.m.

-NBC Sports Group-