NBC Sports Group has Women's Open covered

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NEW YORK – July 5, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group is primed to deliver an unprecedented 25+ hours of combined, live tournament and wrap-around news coverage of this week’s 2011 U.S. Women’s Open Championship – the third major championship on the ladies schedule this year – on both Golf Channel and NBC.

Contested on the East Course at the historic Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., “Golf Channel on NBC” will present six hours of live coverage over Saturday and Sunday, with Golf Channel providing wrap-around news coverage originating from the course throughout the week. NBCSports.com and GolfChannel.com will team to provide comprehensive online coverage of the championship, including live chats and a special weekend wrap-up show offered exclusively online.

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Dan Hicks will host Golf Channel on NBC's coverage alongside analysts Johnny Miller and Dottie Pepper, who competed in 19 U.S. Women's Opens during her illustrious career. They will be joined by tower reporter Gary Koch, and on-course reporters Roger Maltbie and former LPGA players Jane Crafter and Kay Cockerill.

“Golf Channel on NBC” live coverage (all times ET):

Saturday: 3-6 p.m.

Sunday: 3-6 p.m.

GOLF CHANNEL

Golf Channel will provide the most extensive news coverage of the U.S. Women’s Open in its history, featuring live news reports, inside analysis, player interviews, special guest appearances and compelling features from the women’s third major championship of 2011.

Golf Central will broadcast live and on-site from a dedicated set overlooking the 18th hole at The Broadmoor Thursday-Sunday, delivering wrap-around news coverage before and after tournament play. Morning Drive, the network’s live, weekday morning show, will expand to seven days this week, featuring daily special guests on-site from the tournament.

On Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will present a special U.S. Women’s Open edition of Golf Talk Live, when Golf Channel and “Golf Channel on NBC” personalities will discuss the hot topics in women’s golf. Moderated by Terry Gannon, the discussion will include LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, 10-time major winner and three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Annika Sorenstam, Hall-of-Famer and current commentator Judy Rankin and two-time major winner and “Golf Channel on NBC” commentator Dottie Pepper.

Anchoring Golf Channel’s on-site news coverage will be Tom Abbott, Charlie Rymer and Whit Watson. GolfChannel.com senior writer Randall Mell will contribute to the shows throughout the week, as will Golf Channel on NBC analysts.

Golf Channel U.S. Women’s Open Programming (all times ET)

Wednesday

Golf Central 6-7 p.m.

Golf Talk Live 8-9 p.m.

Thursday

Golf Central Pre Game 1:30-3 p.m.

Golf Central 9-9:30 p.m.

Friday

Golf Central Pre Game 1:30-3 p.m.

Golf Central 9-9:30 p.m.


Saturday

Morning Drive 7-8:15 a.m.

Golf Central Pre Game 12:15-2 p.m.

Golf Central 6-6:30 p.m.

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Morning Drive 7-8:30 a.m.

Golf Central Pre Game 12:30-2 p.m.

Golf Central 6-7 p.m.

DIGITAL

Live U.S. Women’s Open Wrap-up Shows, presented by Lexus, will air online after the conclusion of Saturday and Sunday’s rounds of play on NBCSports.com and GolfChannel.com. Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis and Jason Sobel will host the shows.

ProGolfTalk will provide daily coverage throughout the week and can be accessed from the Sports Talk apps as well (on iPad, iPhone and Android devices).

GolfChannel.com senior writer Jason Sobel will host a live chat on Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. ET during Golf Channel’s Golf Talk Live special.

Sobel, Randall Mell and Jay Coffin will contribute to the newly formed GolfTalkCentral blog, along with daily columns, news articles, features and breaking news on GolfChannel.com.

--NBC Sports Group--

For more information contact:

 
Jeremy Friedman
Golf Channel
t: 407-355-4058
e: jfriedman@golfchannel.com
 
Chris McCloskey
NBC Universal Sports & Olympics
t: 212-664-5598
m: 347-331-3593
e: christopher.mccloskey@nbcuni.com
 

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