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Simpson, Im headline field at RSM Classic in Georgia

World No. 1 Ko makes 1st U.S. start in 2020 at LPGA’s Pelican Women’s Championship in Florida; coverage Thursday-Sunday on Golf Channel

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Sharma Defends on European Tour at Joburg Open in South Africa; Ladies European Tour Hosting Saudi Ladies Team International

ORLANDO, Fla., (Nov. 17, 2020) – Webb Simpson and Sungjae Im lead the field at the RSM Classic in Georgia, with live coverage airing Thursday-Sunday from 1-4 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel. The LPGA Tour is in Florida for the inaugural Pelican Women’s Championship, with world No. 1 Jin Young Ko set to make her first start in the U.S. in 2020. The European Tour is in South Africa for the Joburg Open, as Shubhankar Sharma defends. The Ladies European Tour hosts the Saudi Ladies Team International, with live coverage airing Wednesday and Thursday morning on GOLF Channel.

PGA TOUR
RSM Classic
Dates: Nov. 19-22
Venue: Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside & Plantation Courses)

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

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):                            

Thursday                     9:15 a.m.-1 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Tyler Duncan/Charles Howell III/Kevin Kisner (10:10 a.m. ET)
  • Sungjae Im/Matt Kuchar/Justin Rose (10:20 a.m. ET)

Friday                          9:15 a.m.-1 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Stewart Cink/Jason Kokrak/Webb Simpson (10:00 a.m. ET)
  • Jason Day/Harris English/Hudson Swafford (10:10 a.m. ET)

Broadcast Notes:
Duncan defends: Tyler Duncan defeated Webb Simpson with a birdie on the second playoff hole to earn his first PGA TOUR win.  

Headlining the field: Webb Simpson, Sungjae Im, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Dylan Frittelli, Charles Howell III, Stewart Cink and Shane Lowry.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Whit Watson
Analyst: Curt Byrum
Tower: Matt Gogel
On-Course: Billy Ray Brown / Trevor Immelman
Interviews: Rex Hoggard

LPGA TOUR
Pelican Women’s Championship
Dates: Nov. 19-22
Venue: Pelican Golf Club, Belleair, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         4-7 p.m. (Tape delay) / 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Steaming on GOLF Channel Digital)
Friday              4-7 p.m. (Tape delay) / 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)
Saturday          4-7 p.m. (Tape delay) / 1-4 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)
Sunday            4-7 p.m. (Tape delay) / 1-4 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)

Broadcast Notes:
World No. 1 Ko to make first U.S. start in 2020: World No. 1 Jin Young Ko is set to make her first start in the United States in 2020, having remained in her native South Korea since the outbreak of COVID-19. It will mark her first competition in the U.S. since the 2019 CME Group Tour Championship last November.

Inaugural event: This week marks the inaugural edition of the event, the fourth new tournament added to the LPGA Tour schedule in 2020. The event was originally scheduled to take place in May prior to being postponed due to COVID-19.

McDonald to be featured in “Caddie Knows Best”: During Thursday’s opening round coverage, Ally McDonald and her caddie will be featured in “Caddie Knows Best,” where McDonald will try to match answers to questions posed to her caddie about her interests and habits on Tour.

Pagdanganan to be spotlighted in “rookie feature”: During Friday’s second round telecast, Bianca Pagdanganan will be spotlighted as part of a “rookie feature,” focusing on her inaugural season on the LPGA Tour.

Headlining the field: Jin Young Ko, Sei Young Kim, Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson, Sung Hyun Park, Celine Boutier, Jeongeun Lee6, Karrie Webb 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
Joburg Open
Dates: Nov. 19-22
Venue: Randpark Golf Club (Firethorn Course), Johannesburg, South Africa

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2-5 a.m. (Live)
Friday              5-10 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          5-9:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            5-9:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Sharma defends: Shubhankar Sharma finished three shots ahead of Erik van Rooyen to win his first European Tour title.

Headlining the field: Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Shubhankhar Sharma, Alexander Levy, Adrian Otaegui, Richard Sterne, Julian Suri, Matthieu Pavon and Dean Burmester.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Alison Whitaker
Analyst: Tony Johnstone / Richard Boxall / Dale Hayes / John Morgan

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR
Saudi Ladies Team International
Dates: Nov. 18-19
Venue: Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     7-10 a.m. (Live)
Thursday         7-10 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Format: The event consists of 36 four-player teams (three professionals and one amateur), each competing in individual stroke-play, with the two best scores (each day) counting toward the team total. In addition to recognizing a team champion, the event also will crown an individual winner.

Headlining the field: Laura Davies, Georgia Hall, Anna Nordquist, Charley Hull, Caroline Hedwall and Emily Kristine Pederson.

-NBC Sports Group-

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