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Golf Channel to broadcast 3 pro tours this week

NBC will televise final round of LPGA's season-ending event

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2019) – The LPGA Tour season culminates this week with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla, with final round coverage airing live at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC. The top-60 women in the season-long Race to the CME Globe standings are eligible to compete, and – for the first time – the winner of this week’s tournament will be guaranteed to win the season title and new accompanying $1.5 million first-place prize. The European Tour also wraps up its season this week in Dubai at the DP World Tour Championship. Bernd Wiesberger leads the standings entering the week, with Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry and Matthew Fitzpatrick as the only other four players with a mathematical chance of surpassing Wiesberger for the season-long title. The PGA TOUR is in Georgia for the RSM Classic, where Charles Howell III will defend his 2018 title.

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CME Group Tour Championship
Dates: Nov. 21-24
Venue: Tiburon Golf Club (Gold Course), Naples, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 4-7 p.m. / 1-4 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)
Friday 4-7 p.m. / 1-4 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)
Saturday 4-7 p.m. / 1-4 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)
Sunday 8-11 p.m. (Replay, Final Round)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Sunday 1-4 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Largest first-place prize in women’s golf up for grabs: For the first time, every player in the field (top-60 in season-long standings are eligible) will have the chance to win the season-long Race to the CME Globe, as the winner of this week’s tournament will automatically be crowned the season-long champion and be awarded the $1.5 million first-place prize – the largest-ever in women’s golf. The purse in total has been doubled, from $2.5 million to $5 million this week.
Live final round coverage airing Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC: Live final round coverage of the CME Group Tour Championship will air at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.
Wraparound news reports, interviews from on-site: Thursday-Sunday, Morning Drive and Golf Central will provide wraparound news coverage surrounding the event, featuring highlights and analysis. GOLF Channel’s Lisa Cornwell also will report from on-site, and be joined by guests during the course of the tournament.
Golf Central special news conference, Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET: On Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET, Golf Central will air a special news conference show, with Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson scheduled to speak with media to preview their final event of the 2019 season.
Thompson defends: Lexi Thompson won by four shots to capture her 10th LPGA Tour title, while Ariya Jutanugarn won the season-long Race to the CBE Globe.
Headlining the field: Jin Young Ko, Sung Hyun Park, Nelly Korda, Nasa Hataoka, Minjee Lee, Jeongeun Lee6, Brooke Henderson, Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson, Ariya Jutanugarn and Sei Young Kim.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Terry Gannon
Analyst: Judy Rankin
Tower: Tom Abbott
On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples
Interviews: Lisa Cornwell (GOLF Channel) / Steve Sands (NBC)

DP World Tour Championship
Dates: Nov. 21-24
Venue: Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 2-8 a.m. (Live) / 10-11:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 2-8 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 2-8 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 1:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Wiesberger leads Race to Dubai entering season-culminating event: Bernd Wiesberger leads the season-long Race to Dubai by 723 points over Tommy Fleetwood entering this week’s season finale. Four players have a mathematical chance at passing Wiesberger based on their performance this week: Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry and Matthew Fitzpatrick. The winner of the DP World Tour Championship will earn a $3 million first-place prize, with the top-5 in the final standings splitting a $5 million bonus pool.
Willett defends: Danny Willett finished two shots ahead of Patrick Reed and Matt Wallace to win for the sixth time on the European Tour.
Headlining the field: Bernd Wiesberger, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Rory McIlroy, Matt Wallace, Tyrrell Hatton, Louis Oosthuizen and Erik van Rooyen.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Host: Mike Ritz
Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly
Analyst: Sam Torrance / Ken Brown / Thomas Bjorn
On-Course: Jay Townsend / Jamie Spence
Interviews: Tim Barter

RSM Classic
Dates: Nov. 21-24
Venue: Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside & Plantation Courses)

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday Noon-4 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday Noon-4 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Saturday 1-4 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-4 p.m. (Live) / 5-8 p.m. (Replay)

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):
Thursday 9:15 a.m.-Noon (Featured Groups)

  • Billy Horschel/Zach Johnson/Matt Kuchar (9:45 a.m. ET)
  • Austin Cook/Patton Kizzire/Webb Simpson (9:55 a.m. ET)

Friday 9:15 a.m.-Noon (Featured Groups)

  • Charles Howell III / Kevin Kisner / Davis Love III (9:35 a.m. ET)
  • Second group to be voted on via “Fan Vote Friday” Twitter poll

Broadcast Notes:
Howell III defends: Charles Howell III defeated Patrick Rodgers with a birdie on the second playoff hole to earn his third-career PGA TOUR victory, and first since 2007.
Headlining the field: Brendon Todd, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner, Webb Simpson, Charles Howell III, Adam Hadwin, Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk, Jim Furyk, Lanto Griffin and Will Gordon.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Rich Lerner
Analyst: Justin Leonard
Tower: Matt Gogel
On-Course: Curt Byrum / Craig Perks
Interviews: Damon Hack

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Media Contact:
Jeff Szklinski
GOLF Channel Communications