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Golf Channel to televise 3 major pro tours live

Network also will provide live coverage of PGA Merchandise Show

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2020) – The PGA TOUR shifts to San Diego this week for the Farmers Insurance Open, featuring a strong field led by Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. The LPGA Tour is in South Florida for the inaugural Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, which also marks the Tour’s first full-field event of the season. Bryson DeChambeau will defend his 2019 title this week at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where he’ll be joined in the field by Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry. The 2020 PGA Merchandise Show takes place this week, with GOLF Channel’s Morning Drive providing live coverage Wednesday-Friday.

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PGA TOUR
Farmers Insurance Open
Dates: Jan. 23-26
Venue: Torrey Pines Golf Course (North & South Courses), La Jolla, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 7-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Golf Central Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 2-3 p.m. / 7-8 p.m. (Live)
Friday 2-3 p.m. / 7-8 p.m. (Live)
Saturday Noon-1 p.m. / 2:45-3 p.m. / 6-7 p.m. (Live)
Sunday Noon-1 p.m. / 2:45-3 p.m. / 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Live)

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

  • Rory McIlroy/Cameron Smith/Brandt Snedeker (12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Collin Morikawa/Jon Rahm/Tiger Woods (12:40 p.m. ET)

Friday Noon-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Rickie Fowler/Phil Mickelson/Xander Schauffele (12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Second group to be voted on via “Fan Vote Friday” Twitter poll

Broadcast Notes:
Strong field includes five of top-10 players in the world: The strong field at Torrey Pines includes five of the current top-10 in the world, in Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Xander Schauffele.
Rose defends: Justin Rose finished two shots ahead of Adam Scott to earn his 10th PGA TOUR title.
Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Francesco Molinari, Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Rich Lerner
Analyst: Nick Faldo
Tower: Matt Gogel
On-Course: Arron Oberholser
Interviews: Lisa Cornwell

LPGA TOUR
Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio
Dates: Jan. 23-26
Venue: Boca Rio Golf Club, Boca Raton, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live) / 2-2:30 p.m. (Live, Streaming on GOLF Digital)
Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live) / 2-2:30 p.m. (Live, Streaming on GOLF Digital)
Saturday 3-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-3 p.m. (Live, Streaming on GOLF Digital)
Sunday 3-5 p.m. (Live) / 2-3 p.m. (Live, Streaming on GOLF Digital)

Broadcast Notes:
Inaugural event: This week marks the inaugural edition of the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, and also represents the first full-field event of the 2020 LPGA Tour season.
Van Dam to be featured in “Who’s In Control”: During Thursday’s opening round coverage, Anne van Dam and her caddie will be featured in “Who’s In Control,” presented by National Car Rental, where Anne will try to match answers to questions posed to her caddie about her interests and habits on Tour.
Noh to be spotlighted in “Rookie Feature”: During Friday’s live tournament coverage, Yealimi Noh will be spotlighted as part of a “Rookie Feature” focusing on her inaugural season on the LPGA Tour.
Green to join broadcast booth on Friday: GOLF Channel will welcome LPGA Tour player Jaye Marie Green into the broadcast booth during Friday’s live second round coverage, offering insight and perspective during the telecast.
Headlining the field: Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Nasa Hataoka, Sei Young Kim, Jeong Eun Lee6, Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson, Ariya Jutanugarn, Inbee Park, Gaby Lopez and Jessica Korda.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Grant Boone
Analyst: Judy Rankin
Tower: Tom Abbott
On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples

EUROPEAN TOUR
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Dates: Jan. 23-26
Venue: Emirates Golf Club (Majlis Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 11 p.m-4 a.m. (Live, Wednesday overnight) / 6:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 2:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 3:30-8 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 3:30-8 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
DeChambeau defends: Bryson DeChambeau separated himself from the field by seven shots to capture his first European Tour victory.
Headlining the field: Bryson DeChambeau, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Viktor Hovland.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Host: Whit Watson
Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly
Analyst: Tony Johnstone / Ken Brown / Alison Whitaker
On-Course: Anthony Wall / Ewan Porter
Interviews: Tim Barter

PGA OF AMERICA
PGA Merchandise Show
Dates: Jan. 22-24
Venue: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 8-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Replay)
Thursday 8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Live coverage from Orange County Convention Center: GOLF Channel’s Morning Drive will carry live coverage of the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show, Wednesday-Friday morning from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Coverage will include the latest trends and advancements from across the golf industry, with a number of guests scheduled to join the show coverage throughout the week.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Hosts & Analysts – Damon Hack, Matt Adams, Lauren Thompson, Gary Williams, Anna Whiteley, Paige Mackenzie, Robert Damron and Kira Dixon.

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Media Contacts:
Jeff Szklinski
GOLF Channel Communications
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Jeff.Szklinski@golfchannel.com

Jeremy Friedman
GOLF Channel Communications
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