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Golf Channel to air coverage of 4 major pro tours

LPGA's ANA Inspiration, PGA Tour's Safeway Open, Champions Tour's Sanford International and European Tour's Portugal Masters will be televised

LPGA in Southern California for ANA Inspiration – Second Women’s Major of Year; GOLF Channel to Air 20 Hours of Live Coverage, Thursday-Sunday

PGA TOUR Kicks Off 2020-‘21 Season with Safeway Open in California; Live Coverage Airing Thursday through Sunday on GOLF Channel

PGA TOUR Champions in South Dakota for Sanford International, Friday-Sunday (GOLF Channel); First Event with Spectators Since Pre-COVID-19

Fleetwood Headlines Field at Portugal Masters on European Tour

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ORLANDO, Fla., (Sept. 9, 2020) – The LPGA Tour is in Southern California for the second women’s major of the year, as GOLF Channel will carry 20 hours of live tournament coverage for the ANA Inspiration, Thursday-Sunday. The field will feature eight of the top-10 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, including Danielle Kang and Nelly Korda. The PGA TOUR begins its 2020-’21 season in Napa, Calif., with live coverage of the Safeway Open airing Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel. Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar lead the field. The PGA TOUR Champions are in South Dakota for the Sanford International, which will mark the first PGA TOUR-sanctioned event allowing spectators since prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples headline the field, with coverage airing Friday through Sunday. Tommy Fleetwood leads the field at the Portugal Masters on the European Tour, airing Thursday-Sunday live on GOLF Channel.

LPGA TOUR
ANA Inspiration
Dates: Sept. 10-13
Venue: Mission Hills Country Club (Dinah Shore Tournament Course), Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday Noon-4 p.m. / 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 1-5 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday Noon-4 p.m. / 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 2-6 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 2-6 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Second of four women’s major championships in 2020: The ANA Inspiration this week will mark the second of four women’s major championships taking place in 2020, after originally being scheduled in April before being postponed due to COVID-19.

“ANA Inspiration Charity Skins Match” airing live at 7 p.m. ET Tonight: Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, GOLF Channel will air live coverage of the “ANA Inspiration Charity Skins Match,” which will benefit Eisenhower Health. The competition will feature four players in the field this week, as Katherine Kirk and Amy Olson will team up against Christina Kim and Angela Stanford in a nine-hole match for charity.

Headlining the field: Danielle Kang, Nelly Korda, Sung Hyun Park, Minjee Lee, Sei Young Kim, Nasa Hataoka, Inbee Park, Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson, Hinako Shibuno, Rose Zhang and Gabriela Ruffels.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Terry Gannon / Grant Boone
Analyst: Judy Rankin / Karen Stupples
Tower: Tom Abbott
On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Jim Gallagher Jr. / Karen Stupples
Reporter: Lisa Cornwell

PGA TOUR
Safeway Open
Dates: Sept. 10-13
Venue: Silverado Resort & Spa (North Course), Napa, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Friday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Saturday 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Sunday 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):
Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Shane Lowry/Phil Mickelson/Brendan Steele (10:30 a.m. ET)
  • Sergio Garcia/Emiliano Grillo/Kevin Tway (10:40 a.m. ET)

Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Jim Furyk/Brandt Snedeker/Jordan Spieth (10:30 a.m. ET)
  • Keegan Bradley/Pat Perez/Kevin Streelman (10:40 a.m. ET)

Broadcast Notes:
2020-’21 PGA TOUR season kicks off: This week marks the first of 50 official events that will make up the 2020-’21 PGA TOUR season, and represents the seventh time in the last eight years that the Safeway Open will kick off the new season.

Headlining the field: Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, Brendan Steele, Jim Furyk, Maverick McNealy, Brandt Snedeker and Jimmy Walker.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Steve Sands
Analyst: Justin Leonard
Tower: Matt Gogel
On-Course: Phil Blackmar / Kay Cockerill

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Sanford International
Dates: Sept. 11-13
Venue: Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Friday 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 5-7 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)
Saturday 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 5-7 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)
Sunday 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)

Broadcast Notes:
First event with spectators since pre-COVID-19: The Sanford International is scheduled to be contested as the first PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to welcome back spectators on-site since prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Award-winning musician Colt Ford to make PGA TOUR Champions debut: Country music star Colt Ford – a former golf professional – will make his PGA TOUR Champions debut this week, competing on a sponsor’s exemption. A frequent competitor on various golf tours, Ford turned 51 last month.

Mediate defends: Rocco Mediate finished two shots ahead of Ken Duke, Bob Estes and Colin Montgomerie to earn his fourth PGA TOUR Champions victory.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly, Tom Lehman, Scott Parel, Brett Quigley, Colin Montgomerie and Colt Ford (a).

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: George Savaricas
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
On-Course: Billy Ray Brown / John Cook

EUROPEAN TOUR
Portugal Masters
Dates: Sept. 10-13
Venue: Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6-8 a.m. / 9-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 6-8 a.m. / 9-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Brown defends: Steven Brown outlasted Brandon Stone and Justin Walters by one stroke to win for the first time on the European Tour.

Headlining the field: Tommy Fleetwood, Haotong Li, Jose Maria Olazabal, Paul Waring, John Catlin and Steven Brown.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly
Analyst: Richard Boxall
On-Course: Warren Humphreys / Anthony Wall / Marc Roe
Reporter: Jamie Spence

Media contact:
Jeff Szklinski
GOLF Channel Communications
814-880-6933
Jeff.Szklinski@golfchannel.com

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