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McIlroy, Rahm, Thomas lead field at WGC-Mexico Championship

Trainer defends at Puerto Rico Open

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2020) – Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas headline the field at the WGC-Mexico Championship, where Dustin Johnson will defend his 2019 title. The tournament begins a seven-week stretch on the PGA TOUR that will feature live tournament coverage across GOLF Channel and NBC. Martin Trainer will defend at the Puerto Rico Open, with live coverage airing Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel.

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WGC-Mexico Championship
Dates: Feb. 20-23
Venue: Chapultepec Golf Club, Mexico City, Mexico

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

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday 2:30-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 2:30-7 p.m. (Live)

Golf Central Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1:30-2 p.m. / 7-8 p.m. (Live)
Friday 1:30-2 p.m. / 7-8 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 11 a.m.-Noon / 6-7 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. / 7-8 p.m. (Live)

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):
Thursday Noon-2 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Abraham Ancer/Dustin Johnson/Francesco Molinari (12:39 p.m. ET)
  • Tommy Fleetwood/Rory McIlroy/Gary Woodland (12:51 p.m. ET)

Friday Noon-2 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Marc Leishman/Hideki Matsuyama/Justin Thomas (12:39 p.m. ET)
  • Second group to be voted on via “Fan Vote Friday” Twitter poll

Broadcast Notes:
NBC Sports kicks off seven consecutive weeks of live tournament broadcast coverage: This week kicks off NBC Sports’ stretch of seven consecutive weeks of PGA TOUR broadcast coverage. The span will include more than 310 hours of live tournament coverage across linear television (GOLF Channel and NBC) and streaming (PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold).
Dan Hicks celebrates 20-year anniversary since making debut in NBC Sports’ 18th tower: Making his initial debut as NBC Sports’ play-by-play host on PGA TOUR coverage at the 2000 Doral Open (won by Jim Furyk), Dan Hicks will celebrate the 20-year anniversary since his first broadcast in the network’s 18th tower. Contributing to some of golf’s most memorable broadcast calls over the past two decades, Hicks will be joined in the 18th tower by NBC Sports’ lead golf analyst, Paul Azinger, for the second consecutive year.
Johnson defends: Dustin Johnson finished five shots ahead of Rory McIlroy to earn his 20th PGA TOUR victory.
Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar.

NBC Sports Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Dan Hicks / Steve Sands
Analyst: Paul Azinger / Justin Leonard
Tower: Gary Koch / David Feherty
On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Notah Begay / Jim “Bones” Mackay
Interviews: Steve Sands / Todd Lewis

Puerto Rico Open
Dates: Feb. 20-23
Venue: Coco Beach Golf & Country Club (Championship Course), Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 1-3:30 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 1-4 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 2:30-5 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Trainer defends: Martin Trainer finished three strokes ahead of the field to capture his first PGA TOUR win.
Headlining the field: Viktor Hovland, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Scott Brown, Doug Ghim, Alex Noren, Chesson Hadley, Patrick Rodgers, Maverick McNealy, Emiliano Grillo and Martin Trainer.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Terry Gannon
Analyst: Curt Byrum
Tower: Arron Oberholser
On-Course: Kay Cockerill / Craig Perks

-NBC Sports Group-

Media Contacts:
Jeff Szklinski
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Jeremy Friedman
GOLF Channel Communications

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