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GOLF Channel to Air Eight Hours of Thursday’s Opening Round, Including PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold Starting From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET; Followed by Live Tournament Coverage From 2-6 p.m. ET

Thursday’s Featured Groups: Champ/Johnson /Watson; Mickelson/Schauffele/Spieth

Woods/McIlroy/Thomas Highlight PGA TOUR Live’s Friday’s Early Featured Groups;

Second Group via Twitter’s “Fan Vote Friday” Program

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2019) – GOLF Channel will expand its tournament coverage of the Genesis Open on Thursday by offering viewers a live look-in to PGA TOUR LIVE, the PGA TOUR’s over-the-top subscription video service on NBC Sports Gold that complements traditional golf television coverage. PGA TOUR LIVE featured groups will air on GOLF Channel Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET, followed by traditional live tournament coverage from 2-6 p.m. ET.

Featuring live coverage of select marquee groups, the PGA TOUR LIVE window on Thursday will precede GOLF Channel’s traditional live tournament coverage to give viewers a glimpse at the video subscription platform available for purchase in the United States. In total, GOLF Channel will air eight continuous hours of tournament action of Thursday’s opening round.


Featured Groups being shown during Thursday’s PGA TOUR LIVE coverage on GOLF Channel include:

  • Cameron Champ/Dustin Johnson/Bubba Watson (10:11 a.m. ET tee time)
  • Phil Mickelson/Xander Schauffele/Jordan Spieth (10:22 a.m. ET tee time)

Friday’s PGA TOUR LIVE coverage on NBC Sports Gold will include Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas (10:22 a.m. ET tee time) as one of two Featured Groups. The other group will be selected via Twitter’s “Fan Vote Friday” program.
PGA TOUR LIVE launched on NBC Sports Gold in January at the Desert Classic, kicking off nearly 900 hours of premium live tournament programming available to subscribers on NBC Sports Gold in 2019. Available on double the number of supported platforms versus 2018, PGA TOUR Live is available for purchase for $64.99/season. The 2019 season offers the most robust offering ever for the service, including:

  • Live four-day coverage from 28 PGA TOUR events.
  • Featured Groups coverage: early round coverage on Thursday and Friday prior to Golf Channel’s afternoon television window.
  • 10-minute “Speed Round” recaps for Featured Groups.
  • Featured Holes coverage: Live coverage of some of the PGA TOUR’s most iconic holes, concurrent with GOLF Channel’s television window.
  • Expansive VOD content.
  • Integrated scoring and statistics.

Through NBC Sports Gold, PGA TOUR LIVE is on more supported platforms than ever, including web, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast. In July, the PGA TOUR and NBC Sports Group announced a multi-year digital partnership to carry PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold.
Subscribers of PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold will have access to the following during Genesis Open week:

Thursday, Feb. 14
NBC Sports Gold Coverage: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. ET

Featured Groups: Cameron Champ/ /Dustin Johnson/Bubba Watson (10:11 a.m. ET)

Phil Mickelson/Xander Schauffele/Jordan Spieth (10:22 a.m. ET)

Bryson DeChambeau/Matt Kuchar/Jon Rahm (3:11 p.m. ET)

Tiger Woods/Rory McIlroy/Justin Thomas (3:22 p.m. ET)

Friday, Feb. 15
NBC Sports Gold Coverage: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. ET

Featured Groups: Tiger Woods/Rory McIlroy/Justin Thomas (10:22 a.m. ET)

Winners of Twitter Vote for “Fan Vote Friday” Featured Group

Fan Vote Friday Choices:

Charl Schwartzel / Ernie Els / Kiradech Aphibarnrat (10:01 a.m. ET)

Matt Kuchar / Bryson DeChambeau / Jon Rahm (10:11 a.m. ET)

Jhonattan Vegas / Jonas Blixt / Adam Scott (10:32 a.m. ET)

Davis Love III / Jim Furyk / Fred Couples (10:43 a.m. ET)

Saturday, Feb. 16
NBC Sports Gold Coverage: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ET

Featured Groups and Featured Hole Coverage (14th and 16th)

Sunday, Feb. 17
NBC Sports Gold Coverage: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ET

Featured Groups and Featured Hole Coverage (14th and 16th)

-NBC Sports Group-

Media Contacts:
Jeremy Friedman
GOLF Channel Communications

Jeff Szklinski
GOLF Channel Communications