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75th U.S. Women’s Open marks golf’s final major of 2020; more than 25 hours of live coverage to air across NBC, GOLF Channel and Peacock

European Tour season culminates at DP World Tour Championship, Dubai; professionals team up for QBE Shootout in South Florida, Friday-Sunday

ORLANDO, Fla., (Dec. 9, 2020) – The best female golfers in the world convene in Houston this week for the 75th edition of the U.S. Women’s Open, with live domestic (U.S.) coverage airing exclusively across NBC, GOLF Channel and Peacock. In total, more than 25 hours of live U.S. Women’s Open coverage will air Thursday-Sunday across NBCUniversal. The European Tour is in Dubai for the season-culminating DP World Tour Championship, with live coverage airing Thursday through Sunday morning on GOLF Channel. Twelve teams of two will tee it up in Naples for the QBE Shootout, a three-day event airing on GOLF Channel (Friday-Sunday) and NBC (Sunday).

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USGA
75th U.S. Women’s Open
Dates: Dec. 10-13
Venue: Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek & Jackrabbit Courses), Houston, Texas

Tournament Airtimes (Eastern):

Thursday, Dec. 10First Round10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)Peacock
 First Round12:30-6 p.m. (Live)GOLF Channel
Friday, Dec. 11Second Round1-3 p.m. (Live)Peacock
 Second Round3-6 p.m. (Live)GOLF Channel
Saturday, Dec. 12Third Round11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)GOLF Channel
 Third Round1-2:30 p.m. (Live)Peacock
 Third Round2:30-6 p.m. (Live)NBC
Sunday, Dec. 13Final Round11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live)GOLF Channel
 Final Round2-5 p.m. (Live)NBC

 
Broadcast Notes:
More than 25 hours of live coverage: In total, NBC and GOLF Channel will combine to televise 20 hours of live linear coverage form Champions Golf Club. Additionally, Peacock will exclusively stream a portion of live U.S. Women’s Open coverage from free across the first three rounds (Thursday through Saturday).

First two rounds split across multiple courses: Due to the event being moved from June to December (and less daylight hours as a result), the USGA will utilize two courses at Champions Golf Club over the course of the first two days. Players in the field each will complete one round on both the Jackrabbit and Cypress Creek courses. Following a 36-hole cut, the Cypress Creek course will stage the third and final rounds.

Comprehensive news coverage: GOLF Channel’s daily news program Golf Central will provide wraparound news coverage with interviews, highlights and analysis throughout the championship. Steve Burkowski will host Golf Central Thursday and Friday, while Whit Watson will host Saturday-Sunday. Brandel Chamblee and Amanda Blumenherst will offer analysis across the four days of competition on Golf Central live pre and post-round coverage. Lisa Cornwell, Cara Banks and Karen Stupples also will contribute to coverage ofGolf Central from on-site at Champions Golf Club.

NBC Sports’ signature USGA music, full-field coverage returns: Viewers tuning in to coverage will recognize a familiar musical refrain previously synonymous with NBC Sports’ coverage of USGA Championships, as Yanni’s In Celebration of Man will be incorporated throughout the championship. Coverage additionally will aim to showcase each of the 156 players in the field, under the mantra that if a player is good enough to make it into the field, they deserve the opportunity to be shown on the broadcast. 

U.S. Women’s Open practice round show airs today at 2 p.m. ET: GOLF Channel will televise a special practice round show from Champions Golf Club beginning at 2 p.m. ET this afternoon. The show will give viewers an opportunity to see players completing their final preparations in advance of Thursday’s opening round.

“Golf’s Greatest Rounds” to celebrate past U.S. Women’s Opens: Today (Wednesday), GOLF Channel will commemorate some of the most-memorable editions of the U.S. Women’s Open in recent memory with special episodes of Golf’s Greatest Rounds. Alison Nicholas’ 1997 victory at Pumpkin Ridge (Ore.) will be revisited at 11 a.m. ET, along with Cristie Kerr’s 2007 triumph at Pine Needles (N.C.) at 9 p.m. ET. In addition to Golf’s Greatest Rounds episodes, GOLF Films also will air a one-hour special, Greatest Moments of the U.S. Women’s Open, which will air on NBC immediately following the conclusion of final round coverage on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Lee6 defends: Jeongeun Lee6 finished two shots ahead of So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson and Angel Yin to capture her first LPGA Tour win and first major championship.  

Headlining the field: Jin Young Ko, Danielle Kang, Nelly Korda, Brooke Henderson, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Minjee Lee, Sophia Popov, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis. 

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Dan Hicks / Grant Boone
Analyst: Paige Mackenzie / Judy Rankin
Tower: Tom Abbott
On-Course: Kay Cockerill / Jim “Bones” Mackay / Karen Stupples / Billy Ray Brown
Interviews: Cara Banks

EUROPEAN TOUR
DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
Dates: Dec. 10-13
Venue: Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2-8 a.m. (Live)
Friday              2-8 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          2-8 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            1:30-7:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
European Tour season culminates: This week marks the final event of the 2020 Race to Dubai on the European Tour. The top-60 players in the standings, along with the top-75 in the Official World Golf Ranking are eligible to compete in the event. Entering the tournament, the top-five players in the standings are: Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Collin Morikawa, Lee Westwood and Christiaan Bezuidenhout. 

Headlining the field: Patrick Reed, Sungjae Im, Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Ian Poulter.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Dominik Holyer
Analyst: Ewen Murray / Ken Brown / Andrew Coltart / Paul McGinley
On-Course: Wayne Riley / Anthony Wall / Jamie Spence
Interviews: Tim Barter

SPECIAL EVENT
QBE Shootout
Dates: Dec. 11-13
Venue: Tiburon Golf Club at Ritz Carlton Resort (Gold Course), Naples, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Friday             11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 7-11 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday         1-5 p.m. (Live) / 7-11 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday           2-4 p.m. (Live)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Sunday            Noon-2 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Event format: Twelve teams will compete in a scramble format during Friday’s first round, followed by a modified alternate-shot for Saturday’s second round, concluding with a best-ball format for Sunday’s final round.

Sabbatini/Tway defend: Rory Sabbatini and Kevin Tway finished two shots ahead of Jason Kokrak/J.T. Poston.  

Headlining the field: Abraham Ancer/Matthew Wolff, Daniel Berger/Steve Stricker, Tony Finau/Cameron Champ, Harris English/Matt Kuchar, Mackenzie Hughes/Lanto Griffin, Marc Leishman/Cameron Smith, Sebastian Munoz/Joaquin Niemann, Kevin Na/Sean O’Hair, Louis Oosthuizen/Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer/Harold Varner III, Rory Sabbatini/Kevin Tway, Billy Horschel/Brendon Todd.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Terry Gannon
Analyst: David Feherty
Tower: Curt Byrum
On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Jim Gallagher Jr.

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