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Thomas leads field at Sony Open in Hawaii; live coverage airing in primetime Thursday-Sunday on Golf Channel

Oosthuizen defends on European Tour at South African Open

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2020) – The PGA TOUR stages the Sony Open in Hawaii this week, where Matt Kuchar will defend his 2019 title alongside Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed. Live coverage will air in primetime, Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel. On the European Tour, Louis Oosthuizen will defend in his home country at the South African Open, airing Thursday-Sunday live on GOLF Channel. The tournament also marks the second of 12 Open Qualifying Series events, with the top-three finishers this week inside the top-10 (not previously qualified) earning an invitation to The 2020 Open in July. Tony Finau and Shane Lowry lead the field at the Hong Kong Open, with live coverage airing Wednesday-Saturday night. The Korn Ferry TOUR kicks off its 2020 season at the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, airing Sunday-Wednesday afternoon live on GOLF Channel.

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Sony Open in Hawaii
Dates: Jan. 9-12
Venue: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii

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

Golf Central Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6-7 p.m. / 10:30-11 p.m. (Live)
Friday 6-7 p.m. / 10:30-11 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 6-7 p.m. / 10:30-11 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 5-6 p.m. / 10-11 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
First full-field event of 2020: This week marks the first full-field event of 2020 on the PGA TOUR. 15 of the previous 21 winners at the Sony Open – including each of the past six – competed at Kapalua in the Tournament of Champions the week prior. 23 of 34 players in the field last week in Maui are scheduled to compete in Honolulu this week.
Kuchar defends: Matt Kuchar finished four shots ahead of Andrew Putnam to claim his ninth PGA TOUR win.
Headlining the field: Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Marc Leishman, Abraham Ancer, Sungjae Im, Hideki Matsuyama, Collin Morikawa, Cameron Smith and Webb Simpson.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Dan Hicks
Analyst: Paul Azinger
Tower: Mark Rolfing
On-Course: Curt Byrum / Jim “Bones” Mackay
Interviews: Todd Lewis

South African Open
Dates: Jan. 9-12
Venue: Randpark Golf Club (Firethorn & Bushwillow Courses), Johannesburg, South Africa

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5-10 a.m. (Live)
Friday 5-10 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 4-9 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 4-9 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Event format, venue: The entire 240-player field will be split over both courses for the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday. After a 36-hole cut, players will utilize the Firethorn course for the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Oosthuizen defends: Louis Oosthuizen separated himself from the field, winning by six strokes to capture his ninth European Tour title.
Headlining the field: Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Charl Schwartzel, Eddie Pepperell, Justin Harding, Brandon Stone, Andy Sullivan, Zander Lombard and Erik van Rooyen.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Host: Jay Townsend
Play by Play: Dominik Holyer
Analyst: Tony Johnstone / Alan Michelle
On-Course: Dale Hayes / John Morgan

Hong Kong Open
Dates: Jan. 8-11
Venue: Hong Kong Golf Club (Championship Composite Course), Sheung Shui, Hong Kong

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Live)
Thursday 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Headlining the field: Tony Finau, Shane Lowry, Jazz Janewattananond, Andrea Pavan, Scott Hend, Shiv Kapur, Sam Brazel, Andrew Dodt, John Catlin and Joohyung Kim.

Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
Dates: Jan. 12-15
Venue: Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Sunday 2-5 p.m. (Live)
Monday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 6-9 p.m. (Replay)
Tuesday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 6-9 p.m. (Replay)
Wednesday 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-8 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
“Featured Group” coverage to highlight opening two rounds: GOLF Channel’s live tournament coverage of the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic will highlight a “Featured Group” during the first two rounds on Sunday-Monday. The three players in the featured group will be mic’d up for their round. Tuesday’s third round coverage will utilize a featured hole, in addition to cameras tracking those near the top of the leaderboard, while Wednesday’s final round will employ a traditional live tournament production approach.
Dou defends: Zecheng Dou finished two shots ahead of Ben Kohles and Steve LeBrun to earn his second Korn Ferry TOUR win.
Headlining the field: Sean O’Hair, Braden Thornberry, Brett Coletta, Zecheng Dou, Joshua Creel, Brian Campbell, Dan McCarthy, Kevin Dougherty, Davis Riley, Chad Ramey and Steve LeBrun.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Steve Burkowski
Analyst: Craig Perks
Tower: Phil Blackmar
On-Course: Gary Christian

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