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Golf Channel to televise tournaments on 3 pro tours

PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship, ShopRite LPGA Classic and Scottish Open to air this week

PGA TOUR in Mississippi for Sanderson Farms Championship; Live Coverage Airs Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel

Thompson Defends at ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey, with Live Coverage Airing Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel

GOLF Channel Airing More Than 20 Hours of Live Coverage of Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, as Fleetwood, Fitzpatrick Lead Field

Next Week: Inaugural “Blessings Collegiate Invitational” Airing Monday-Wednesday Live on GOLF Channel, in College Golf’s Return to Television

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ORLANDO, Fla., (Sept. 30, 2020) – The PGA TOUR is in Mississippi this week for the Sanderson Farms Championship, as Sebastian Munoz defends his 2019 title. Live coverage airs Thursday-Sunday from 4-7 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel. Lexi Thompson will defend in New Jersey this week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, which will be staged as a 72-hole event for the first time since 1990. The European Tour hosts the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, as Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick headline the field. GOLF Channel will carry more than 20 hours of live tournament coverage from Scotland, Thursday-Sunday. Next Monday-Wednesday, GOLF Channel will televise live coverage of the inaugural Blessings Collegiate Invitational presented by Tyson Foods, a new college golf event originating from Fayetteville, Ark.

PGA TOUR
Sanderson Farms Championship
Dates: Oct. 1-4
Venue: Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):
Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Keegan Bradley/Sungjae Im/Scottie Scheffler (9:00 a.m. ET)
  • Stewart Cink/Zach Johnson/Hudson Swafford (9:11 a.m. ET)
  • Ryan Armour/Corey Connors/Sebastian Munoz (1:55 p.m. ET)
  • Sergio Garcia/Adam Long/Henrik Stenson (2:06 p.m. ET)

Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Ryan Armour/Corey Connors/Sebastian Munoz (9:00 a.m. ET)
  • Sergio Garcia/Adam Long/Henrik Stenson (9:11 a.m. ET)
  • Keegan Bradley/Sungjae Im/Scottie Scheffler (1:55 p.m. ET)
  • Stewart Cink/Zach Johnson/Hudson Swafford (2:06 p.m. ET)

Broadcast Notes:
Munoz defends: Sebastian Munoz defeated Sungjae Im with a par on the first playoff hole to earn his first PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Sungjae Im, Scottie Scheffler, Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Charl Schwartzel, Sebastian Munoz and Hudson Swafford.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Steve Sands
Analyst: Matt Gogel
Tower: Craig Perks
On-Course: Jim Gallagher Jr. / Kay Cockerill
Interviews: Lisa Cornwell

LPGA TOUR
ShopRite LPGA Classic
Dates: Oct. 1-4
Venue: Seaview Golf Club (Bay Course), Galloway, N.J.

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

Broadcast Notes:
Lee, McDonald and Popov scheduled to be “mic’d up” during Thursday’s opening round: GOLF Channel will “mic up” Andrea Lee, Ally McDonald and Sophia Popov (2020 AIG Women’s Open champion) during Thursday’s opening round coverage. While competing in the same group (12:44 p.m. ET tee time), each player will wear a microphone to provide an inside-the-ropes perspective for fans tuning in during the course of the telecast.

Tournament being staged as four-day event: Originally scheduled for late May, the event was postponed due to COVID-19, and now will be contested as a 72-hole event instead of the tournament’s traditional 54-hole format. It marks the second time overall and first instance since 1990 that the tournament will be played as a four-round event.

Thompson defends: Lexi Thompson finished one shot ahead of Jeongeun Lee6 to capture her 11th LPGA Tour title.

Headlining the field: Nelly Korda, Brooke Henderson, Mirim Lee, Sei Young Kim, Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Hannah Green and Sophia Popov.

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

EUROPEAN TOUR
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open
Dates: Oct. 1-4
Venue: The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 6:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Wiesberger defends: Bernd Wiesberger defeated Benjamin Hebert with a par on the third playoff hole to capture his sixth European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ian Poulter, Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Willett, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Martin Kaymer and Eddie Pepperell.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Host: Jay Townsend
Play by Play: Dominik Holyer
Analyst: Richard Boxall / Alison Whitaker / Ken Brown / Ewen Murray
On-Course: Wayne Riley / Andrew Coltart
Interviews: Tim Barter

COLLEGE GOLF
Blessings Collegiate Invitational presented by Tyson Foods
Dates: Oct. 5-7
Venue: Blessings Golf Club, Fayetteville, Ark.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Monday 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Tuesday 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Wednesday 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Inaugural event: Announced earlier this month as a multi-year partnership with Blessings Golf Club and Tyson Foods, the new men’s and women’s college golf championship will be contested in Fayetteville, Ark.

Format: The competition will mark the first televised event of the 2020-’21 college golf season and feature a 54-hole stroke play format for individual and team honors. The competition will be contested without spectators.

Tournament field: The event will feature representatives of both the men’s and women’s golf teams from Southeastern Conference (SEC) universities. Among those expected to compete in the event include Ingrid Lindblad (LSU – No. 3 in World Amateur Golf Ranking) and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (South Carolina – No. 4) in the women’s field, along with Ricky Castillo (Florida – No. 2) and Davis Thompson (Georgia – No. 4) on the men’s side.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Steve Burkowski
Analyst: Curt Byrum
Tower: John Cook
On-Course: Notah Begay / Billy Ray Brown

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