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Johnson, Koepka lead field at Vivint Houston Open; live coverage Thursday-Sunday on Golf Channel

PGA Tour Champions in Arizona for Charles Schwab Cup Championship, as live coverage airs Friday through Sunday on Golf Channel

Ladies European Tour stages Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic, with live coverage airing Wednesday-Friday morning on Golf Channel; European Tour hosts Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown

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ORLANDO, Fla., (Nov. 3, 2020) – The PGA TOUR is in Texas for the Vivint Houston Open, the final tournament in advance of the Masters next week. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson headlines the field, along with Brooks Koepka and Tyrrell Hatton, with live coverage airing Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel. The PGA TOUR Champions are in Arizona for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, which is being contested as a full-field event, airing Friday-Sunday. Minjee Lee, Lydia Ko and Celine Boutier lead the field on the Ladies European Tour at the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic. The event will see players compete in daytime and night (under the lights) conditions, with coverage airing live on GOLF Channel Wednesday through Friday morning. The European Tour hosts the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown, the second event in as many weeks being contested on the island of Cyprus.

PGA TOUR
Vivint Houston Open
Dates: Nov. 5-8
Venue: Memorial Park Golf Course, Houston, Texas

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         1-4 p.m. (Live) / 5-8 p.m. (Replay) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              1-4 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1-4 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-4 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):                            
Thursday                     7 a.m.-1 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Lanto Griffin/Brooks Koepka/Jordan Spieth (8:25 a.m. ET)
  • Tony Finau/Sergio Garcia/Brian Gay (8:35 a.m. ET)

Friday                          7 a.m.-1 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Tyrrell Hatton/Dustin Johnson/Adam Scott (8:25 a.m. ET)
  • Jason Day/Viktor Hovland/Phil Mickelson (8:35 a.m. ET)

Broadcast Notes:
Griffin defends: Lanto Griffin finished one stroke ahead of Scott Harrington and Mark Hubbard to earn his first PGA TOUR win.  

Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tyrrell Hatton, Adam Scott, Tony Finau, Sergio Garcia, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Steve Sands
Analyst: Justin Leonard
Tower: Matt Gogel
On-Course: Mark Rolfing / Arron Oberholser / Billy Ray Brown

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Charles Schwab Cup Championship
Dates: Nov. 6-8
Venue: Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Ariz.

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

Broadcast Notes:
Andrade, Herron and Jobe to be mic’d up during Friday’s opening round: Billy Andrade, Tim Herron and Brandt Jobe are scheduled to be mic’d up during GOLF Channel’s live opening round tournament coverage on Friday.

Full-field event: Due to COVID-19, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship is being played as a full-field event, not as the culmination to the PGA TOUR Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, as it is traditionally contested. This week’s tournament marks the final event of the calendar year, as part of the Tour’s 2020-’21 wraparound season.

Maggert defends: Jeff Maggert defeated Retief Goosen – thanks to a hole-out eagle from 123 yards on the third playoff hole – to win for the sixth time on the PGA TOUR Champions.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, Jerry Kelly, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vijay Singh, Mike Weir, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara and John Daly.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Whit Watson
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: John Cook
On-Course: Curt Byrum

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR
Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic
Dates: Nov. 4-6
Venue: Emirates Golf Club (Faldo Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Thursday         10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Friday              10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Unique event: The tournament includes a field of 56 players competing in both daylight and night time (under the lights) conditions during the course of the 54-hole competition.

Iturrioz defends: Nuria Iturrioz finished one stroke ahead of Olivia Cowan and Esther Henseleit to win for the third time on the Ladies European Tour.

Headlining the field: Minjee Lee, Lydia Ko, Celine Boutier, Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, Laura Davies, Bronte Law and Catriona Matthew.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown
Dates: Nov. 5-8
Venue: Aphrodite Hills Resort, Paphos, Cyprus

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

Broadcast Notes:
Inaugural event: This is the inaugural edition of the tournament, and marks the second of two consecutive weeks of European Tour events taking place at Aphrodite Hills Resort on the island of Cyprus.

Headlining the field: Haotong Li, Sam Horsfield, Matthias Schwab, Callum Shinkwin and Michael Campbell.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Dominik Holyer
Analyst: Tony Johnstone / Anthony Wall / Johnny Morgan / Mark Roe
On-Course: Tim Barter

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