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Golf Channel to air live coverage of 4 major pro tours

Network schedules PGA, Champions, LPGA and European tours, plus Japan Skins

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2019) – The PGA TOUR is in Korea to kick off its Asia stretch of the season, as world No. 1 Brooks Koepka defends at the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, airing Wednesday-Saturday live in primetime on GOLF Channel.

The PGA TOUR Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs get underway this week with the Dominion Charity Classic in Virginia, where Scott McCarron and Jerry Kelly are atop the standings following the conclusion of the Tour’s regular season schedule.

The LPGA also begins its Asia swing this week at the Buick LPGA Shanghai, airing live (overnight) Thursday-Sunday, with additional live tournament coverage available via GOLF Channel Digital streaming immediately preceding the live tournament linear telecast for each round on GOLF Channel.

On the European Tour, Alex Noren defends his title at the Open de France outside of Paris.

Monday at Midnight ET (Sunday overnight), Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama will convene for The Challenge: Japan Skins, which will simulcast live on GOLF Channel in the United States.

Dates: Oct. 16-19
Venue: The Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, Korea

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Thursday replay)
Thursday 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 6-9:30 p.m. (Sunday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Event to kick off PGA TOUR Asia swing: This week marks the third edition of the South Korean tournament, which will feature a field of 78 players competing in a 72-hole, no-cut format.
Koepka defends: Brooks Koepka finished four strokes ahead of Gary Woodland to earn his fifth PGA TOUR victory.
Headlining the field: Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Gary Woodland, Kevin Na, Marc Leishman, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Danny Willett, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Steve Sands
Analyst: Frank Nobilo
Tower: Phil Blackmar / Dom Boulet
On Course: Craig Perks

Dominion Energy Charity Classic
Dates: Oct. 18-20
Venue: The Country Club of Virginia (James River Course), Richmond, Va.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Friday 1-5 p.m. (Live) / 4-6:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 1:30-5 p.m. (Live) / 4-6:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 1:30-5 p.m. (Live) / 4-7 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs begin: This marks the fourth year for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, a series of three tournaments to wrap up the PGA TOUR Champions season. The top-72 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings are eligible to compete in this week’s event, with the top-54 at week’s end moving on to take part in the Invesco QQQ Championship in California. The money list from the regular season has been converted into points for the playoff events (with every dollar earned equal to one point), with points doubled for the three playoff events.
Austin defends: Woody Austin defeated Bernhard Langer by one shot to capture his fourth PGA TOUR Champions title.
Headlining the field: Scott McCarron, Jerry Kelly, Kirk Triplett, Steve Stricker, David Toms, Retief Goosen, Bernhard Langer, Woody Austin, Scott Parel, Billy Andrade and Kevin Sutherland.

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

Buick LPGA Shanghai
Dates: Oct. 17-20
Venue: Qizhong Garden Golf Club, Shanghai, China

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live, GOLF Channel Digital) / 2-4 a.m. (Live, GOLF Channel)
Friday 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live, GOLF Channel Digital) / 2-4 a.m. (Live, GOLF Channel)
Saturday 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live, GOLF Channel Digital) / 2-4 a.m. (Live, GOLF Channel)
Sunday 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live, GOLF Channel Digital) / 2-4 a.m. (Live, GOLF Channel)

Broadcast Notes:
Live tournament coverage to stream on GOLF Channel Digital ahead of live telecast: Live tournament coverage of the Buick LPGA Shanghai will air from 2-4 a.m. ET on Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel. Complementing the linear live telecast, GOLF Channel Digital will live stream earlier coverage of each round from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. leading into the network’s live telecasts.
Kang defends: Danielle Kang finished two shots clear of the field to win for the second time on the LPGA Tour.
Headlining the field: Jin Young Ko, Jeongeun Lee6, Nasa Hataoka, Brooke Henderson, Minjee Lee, Nelly Korda, Ariya Jutanugarn, Carlota Ciganda, Sei Young Kim, Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Peter Donegan
Analyst: Kate Burton / Alison Whitaker
On-Course: Sandy Mackenzie

Open de France
Dates: Oct. 17-20
Venue: Le Golf National (Albatross Course), Guyancourt, France

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6-8 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 6-8 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 6:30-11 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Noren defends: Alex Noren finished one shot clear of Russell Knox, Julian Suri and Chris Wood to earn his 10th European Tour win.
Headlining the field: Stewart Cink, Alex Noren, Martin Kaymer, Kurt Kitayama, Thomas Pieters, Julian Suri, Hudson Swafford, Alexander Levy, Thomas Bjorn and Jose Maria Olazabal.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Host: Scott Walker
Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly
Analyst: Ken Brown / Anthony Wall
On-Course: Jay Townsend / Julian Tutt

Date: Monday, Oct. 21 (Sunday overnight)
Venue: Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Chiba, Japan

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Monday, Oct. 21 (Sunday overnight) Midnight-4 a.m. (Live)
Tuesday, Oct. 22 2-6 p.m. (Replay)
8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Woods, McIlroy, Day & Matsuyama convene for Japan Skins: MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins (being produced by GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR) will be simulcast live in the United States on GOLF Channel and be available to stream via PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold.

Event format: Showcasing four of the sport’s premier players in Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama, the competition format will assign an increasing monetary “skin” value to each hole that is won “outright” over a player’s three playing competitors. It will mark Woods’ return to Japan for the first time in 13 years, and also represent the first televised exhibition match of McIlroy, Day and Matsuyama’s careers.

News coverage: GOLF Channel’s Golf Central will offer live pre-game commentary and analysis leading into The Challenge at 11 p.m. ET on Sunday. Coverage will include Todd Lewis offering on-site reports and interviews, along with GOLF Channel Insider Rex Hoggard who also will report from on-site. GOLF Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee also will contribute in-studio to Golf Central pre-game.

-NBC Sports Group-

Media Contacts:
Jeff Szklinski
GOLF Channel Communications

Jeremy Friedman
GOLF Channel Communications