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PGA Tour to crown FedEx Cup champion on Labor Day, with Tour Championship airing live across Golf Channel, NBC (Friday-Monday)

European Tour in Spain for Andalucia Masters, airing live Thursday-Sunday

ORLANDO, Fla., (Sept. 2, 2020) – The PGA TOUR will determine its season-long champion in Atlanta this week, as 30 players advance to compete in the TOUR Championship, with the title of FedExCup champion and a $15 million first-place prize on the line. The PGA TOUR’s season-culminating event will be contested Friday-Monday, finishing on Labor Day, with Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas entering the week at Nos. 1-3 in the FedExCup standings. GOLF Channel and NBC will combine to air more than 20 hours of live tournament coverage from East Lake Golf Club, which will be preceded each day by PGA TOUR LIVE coverage on NBC Sports Gold. The European Tour is in Spain for the Andalucia Masters, with live coverage airing Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel.

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PGA TOUR

TOUR Championship

Dates: Sept. 4-7

Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

Friday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Saturday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)

Monday Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Sunday 3-7 p.m. (Live)

Monday 1:30-6 p.m. (Live)

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):

Friday 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (Featured Groups)

Saturday 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (Featured Groups)

Sunday 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (Featured Groups)

Monday 10:45 a.m.-Noon (Featured Groups)

Broadcast Notes:

Payne Stewart Award ceremony airing live at 6:30 p.m. ET tonight on GOLF Channel: GOLF Channel will air live coverage of the Payne Stewart Award ceremony at 6:30 p.m. ET tonight. Twelve-time PGA TOUR winner Zach Johnson is the 2020 recipient of the Payne Stewart Award presented by Southern Company. Each year during the week of the TOUR Championship, the PGA TOUR presents the award to a professional golfer who best exemplifies Stewart’s steadfast values of character, charity and sportsmanship. NBC Sports’ Dan Hicks will host the ceremony.

“Golf with a Purpose” charity challenge airing Thursday at 2 p.m. ET: A pair of PGA TOUR players in the field this week will team up with renowned other-sport athletes to take part in the Golf with a Purpose” charity challenge, airing Thursday at 2 p.m. ET live on GOLF Channel. Ryan Palmer will compete alongside retired NBA star Vince Carter, while Zach Johnson will be paired with Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis. The competition will utilize a scramble format and take place on the back-nine of East Lake Golf Club, to benefit the East Lake Foundation and the TOUR Championship’s other charitable beneficiaries. The match will be a PGA TOUR LIVE production, and is being simulcast live on GOLF Channel.

Last two hours of Monday’s live final round coverage on NBC to air commercial-free: The final two hours of Monday’s live final round coverage on NBC will air commercial-free (presented by Coca Cola and Southern Company), around the time that the final group makes the turn to the back-nine.

TOUR Championship format: Utilized in 2019 for the first time, the top-30 in the FedExCup standings this week will follow a strokes-based (starting strokes) system, with each player beginning with a score (relative to par) based on their position in the FedExCup standings following the BMW Championship.

McIlroy defends: Rory McIlroy finished four shots ahead of Xander Schauffele to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win the FedExCup on multiple occasions.

Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson, Collin Morikawa, Daniel Berger, Harris English, Bryson DeChambeau, Sungjae Im, Hideki Matsuyama, Brendon Todd, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Sebastian Munoz, Lanto Griffin, Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann, Tyrrell Hatton, Tony Finau, Kevin Kisner, Abraham Ancer, Ryan Palmer, Kevin Na, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Viktor Hovland, Mackenzie Hughes, Cameron Champ and Billy Horschel.

NBC Sports Broadcast Team:

Host: Mike Tirico

Play by Play: Dan Hicks / Terry Gannon

Analyst: Paul Azinger / Justin Leonard

Tower: Gary Koch / David Feherty

On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Notah Begay / Mark Rolfing

Reporter: Steve Sands

Essays: Jimmy Roberts

EUROPEAN TOUR

Andalucia Masters

Dates: Sept. 3-6

Venue: Royal Valderrama Club, Sotogrande, Spain

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 6-8 a.m. / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Friday 6-8 a.m. / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Saturday 7:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Sunday 7:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Headlining the field: Martin Kaymer, Bernd Wiesberger, Jose Maria Olazabal, Lee Westwood, Thomas Bjorn, Rasmus Hojgaard, Haotong Li, Victor Perez and Andy Sullivan.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly

Analyst: Richard Boxall

On-Course: Warren Humphreys / Anthony Wall / Marc Roe

Reporter: Tim Barter

-NBC Sports Group-


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