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Bradley, Champ, Stenson lead field at Houston Open on PGA Tour

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2019) – The PGA TOUR is in Texas for the Houston Open, where Keegan Bradley, Cameron Champ and Henrik Stenson lead the field. Francesco Molinari headlines the field in his home country at the Italian Open on the European Tour, with GOLF Channel airing more than 25 hours of live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday from Rome. On the PGA TOUR Champions, Bernhard Langer will defend his 2018 title in the final event of the regular season before the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs kick off next week.

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PGA TOUR
Houston Open
Dates: Oct. 10-13
Venue: Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course), Humble, Texas

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):
Thursday 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Jim Herman/D.A. Points/Jhonattan Vegas (8:45 a.m. ET)
  • Cameron Champ/Jason Dufner/Henrik Stenson (8:55 a.m. ET)

Friday 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Andrew Landry/Sebastian Munoz/Pat Perez (8:45 a.m. ET)
  • Second group to be voted on via “Fan Vote Friday” Twitter poll

Broadcast Notes:
Event returns in a new spot on the schedule: The Houston Open was not staged during the 2018-’19 season in order to allow for a move from the spring (played the week prior to the Masters from 2007-’18) to the fall portion of the schedule.
Headlining the field: Keegan Bradley, Cameron Champ, Henrik Stenson, Stewart Cink, Cole Hammer (a), Beau Hossler, Maverick McNealy, Sebastian Munoz, Jimmy Walker and Brandon Wu.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Rich Lerner
Analyst: David Duval
Tower: Curt Byrum / Mark Rolfing
On Course: Billy Ray Brown / Phil Blackmar
Interviews: George Savaricas

EUROPEAN TOUR
Italian Open
Dates: Oct. 10-13
Venue: Olgiata Golf Club, Rome, Italy

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6-8 a.m. / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Friday 6-8 a.m. / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 7:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Sunday 7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Event finds new spot on the schedule: The Italian Open moves from June to October on the European Tour schedule, and marks the fifth of eight Rolex Series events in 2019.
Olesen defends: Thorbjorn Olesen finished one shot ahead of Francesco Molinari to capture his fifth European Tour victory.
Headlining the field: Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Paul Casey, Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Martin Kaymer, Haotong Li, Ian Poulter, Danny Willett and Lee Westwood.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Host: Scott Walker
Play by Play: Dominik Holyer
Analyst: Mark James / Anthony Wall / Jay Townsend
On-Course: Warren Humphreys / Jamie Spence
Interviews: Tim Barter

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
SAS Championship
Dates: Oct. 11-13
Venue: Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Friday 12:30-3 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-4 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Final event of 2019 regular season: The SAS Championship marks the final event of the 2019 PGA TOUR Champions regular season. The tournament also will present the opportunity for a player to earn a “wildcard” spot into the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs next week. If a player currently outside of the top-72 on the money list finished in the top-10 this week, he will earn a spot in the Playoffs.
Langer defends: Bernhard Langer finished six strokes clear of the field to earn his 38th PGA TOUR Champions title.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Jerry Kelly, Vijay Singh, David Toms, Colin Montgomerie, Retief Goosen and John Daly.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Whit Watson
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: John Mahaffey
On Course: John Cook / Arron Oberholser

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