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Golf Channel to air live coverage of 3 pro tours

Network will broadcast PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open, European Tour's Saudi International and Champions Tour's Morocco Champions beginning Thursday

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2020) – The PGA TOUR is in Arizona for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where Rickie Fowler will defend his 2019 title. GOLF Channel’s Golf Central will originate from TPC Scottsdale Thursday-Sunday prior to and immediately following live tournament coverage, offering analysis and reaction throughout the course of the tournament. The European Tour stages the Saudi International, with world No. 1 Brooks Koepka headlining the field, and No. 5 Dustin Johnson defending. The PGA TOUR Champions host the Morocco Champions, the first-ever PGA TOUR-sanctioned stroke-play event to be contested on the continent of Africa. Live coverage will air Thursday-Saturday morning on GOLF Channel.

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PGA TOUR
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Dates: Jan. 30-Feb. 2
Venue: TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course), Scottsdale, Ariz.

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) / 6:30-11 p.m. (Replay)

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

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):
Thursday 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Xander Schauffele/Cameron Smith/Gary Woodland (9:50 a.m. ET)
  • Hideki Matsuyama/Jon Rahm/Justin Thomas (10:00 a.m. ET)

Friday 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Bryson DeChambeau/Tony Finau/Rickie Fowler (10:00 a.m. ET)
  • Second group to be voted on via “Fan Vote Friday” Twitter poll

Broadcast Notes:
Golf Central wraparound news coverage on-site Thursday-Sunday: Golf Central will originate from on-site at TPC Scottsdale Thursday-Sunday, with live analysis and highlights leading into and immediately following live tournament coverage. The set will be positioned within the amphitheater of the par-3, 16th hole, with coverage being hosted by Ryan Burr, who will be joined by analysts Brandel Chamblee and Trevor Immelman, along with George Savaricas reporting.
Fowler defends: Rickie Fowler finished two shots ahead of Branden Grace to earn his fifth PGA TOUR victory.
Headlining the field: Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson and Hideki Matsuyama.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Terry Gannon
Analyst: Curt Byrum
Tower: Arron Oberholser
On-Course: Davis Love III (Thursday-Friday) / Mark Immelman (Saturday-Sunday)
Interviews: George Savaricas

Golf Central Broadcast Team:
Host: Ryan Burr
Analyst: Brandel Chamblee / Trevor Immelman
Reporter: George Savaricas

EUROPEAN TOUR
Saudi International
Dates: Jan. 30-Feb. 2
Venue: Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-5 a.m. / 6:30-9:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 3-5 a.m. / 6:30-9:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 4:30-9 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 4:30-9 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Johnson defends: Dustin Johnson defeated Haotong Li by two strokes to capture his sixth European Tour win.
Headlining the field: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Shane Lowry, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Phil Mickelson, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Host: Jay Townsend
Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly
Analyst: Tony Johnstone / Ewan Porter
On-Course: Warren Humphreys / Anthony Wall
Interviews: Tim Barter

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Morocco Champions
Dates: Jan. 30-Feb. 1
Venue: Samanah Golf Club, Marrakech, Morocco

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 9:30 a.m.-Noon (Live) / Midnight-2 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 9:30 a.m.-Noon (Live) / Midnight-2 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 9 a.m.-Noon (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Inaugural event: This week marks the inaugural edition of the Morocco Champions, and is the first-ever PGA TOUR-sanctioned stroke-play event to be held on the continent of Africa.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Tom Lehman, Retief Goosen, Darren Clarke, Mark O’Meara and John Daly.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Bob Papa
Analyst: Phil Blackmar
On-Course: Billy Ray Brown / John Cook

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