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Golf Channel starts busy week of golf

Horschel/Piercy Defend at Zurich Classic of New Orleans

LPGA Tour in Southern California for Hugel-Air Premia LA Open

Broadhurst/Triplett Defend at Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge; Nicklaus, Player, Timberlake and Wahlberg Competing in Legends Competition

Levy Defends at Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on European Tour

Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific to Award Winner with Exemptions into

Majors and 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur

PGA Professional Championship Sunday-Wednesday Live on GOLF Channel

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 24, 2019) – The PGA TOUR is in Louisiana for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, with two-man teams taking part in a rotating better ball and alternate shot 72-hole format. The LPGA Tour is in Southern California for the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open, airing live and in primetime on GOLF Channel Thursday-Sunday. Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett are set to defend their 2018 title at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge. On Saturday, a Legends Division will be led by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, along with celebrities Justin Timberlake and Mark Wahlberg. Alexander Levy will defend at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on the European Tour. The R&A will stage the second annual Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, with the winner receiving exemptions into the Evian Championship and AIG Women’s British Open, along with the 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur. And starting Sunday, 312 PGA of America professionals will convene in South Carolina for the PGA Professional Championship, with 20 exemptions on the line into next month’s PGA Championship. Coverage airs Sunday-Wednesday on GOLF Channel.

PGA TOUR

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Dates: April 25-28

Venue: TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Friday 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Saturday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Sunday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-4 a.m. (Monday replay)

Golf Central Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 2:30-3:30 p.m. / 9-9:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday 3-3:30 p.m. / 9-9:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday 12:30-1 p.m. / 2:45-3 p.m. / 9-10 p.m. (Live)

Sunday Noon-1 p.m. / 2:45-3 p.m. / 9-10 p.m. (Live)

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):

Thursday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Jason Day and Adam Scott; Jhonattan Vegas and Abraham Ancer (8:39 a.m. ET)
  • Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood; Kyle Stanley and Cameron Smith (8:52 a.m. ET)

Friday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay; Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell (9:53 a.m. ET)
  • Second Featured Group to be selected by Twitter’s “Fan Vote Friday”

Broadcast Notes:

Event format: Eighty two-man teams will compete in a 72-hole stroke play event using a four-ball (better ball) format in the first and third rounds, and foursomes (alternate shot) in the second and final rounds. Following Friday’s second round, a 36-hole cut will be made to the low-35 teams (and ties).

Horschel/Piercy defend: Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy defeated Jason Dufner/Pat Perez by one stroke to win the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Notable Teams in the Field: Jason Day/Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay/Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood/Sergio Garcia, J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer/Jon Rahm and Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner

Analyst: Frank Nobilo

Tower: Curt Byrum / Mark Immelman

On-Course: Billy Kratzert

Interviews: Chantel McCabe

LPGA TOUR

Hugel-Air Premia LA Open

Dates: April 25-28

Venue: Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live)

Friday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live)

Saturday 6-9 p.m. (Live)

Sunday 6-9 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Annie Park to Join Broadcast Booth on Friday: LPGA Tour winner and USC alum Annie Park will join GOLF Channel’s broadcast booth as a guest analyst following her second round of coverage on Friday.

Caddie Knows Best with Danielle Kang: Danielle Kang and her caddie will participate in a “Caddie Knows Best” feature that will air during Thursday’s live tournament coverage.

Jutanugarn defends: Moriya Jutanugarn finished two shots ahead of Inbee Park and Jin Young Ko to earn her first LPGA victory.

Headlining the field: Jin Young Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, Moriya Jutanugarn, Georgia Hall, Carlota Ciganda, Lydia Ko and So Yeon Ryu.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Judy Rankin

Tower: Tom Abbott

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Dates: April 26-28

Venue: Top of the Rock & Ozarks National, Ridgedale, Mo.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday Noon-3 p.m. (Live) / 2-4:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Nicklaus and Player Headlines Legends Division on Saturday: On Saturday, a Legends Division will compete alongside celebrities, led by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, David Graham, Ben Crenshaw and Jerry Pate competing alongside Justin Timberlake, Mark Wahlberg and Kid Rock.

Event format: Teams will complete one round each at Ozarks National and Top of the Rock (par-3 course) over the first two days of competition, and then a final round on Sunday at Top of the Rock.

Broadhurst/Triplett defend: Paul Broadhurst/Kirk Triplett defeated Bernhard Langer/Tom Lehman with a birdie on the first playoff hole in 2018.

Notable teams in the field: Jose Mara Olazabal/Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie/Mark O’Meara, Andy North/Tom Watson, Paul Broadhurst/Kirk Triplett, Jay Haas/Peter Jacobsen, Carlos Franco/Vijay Singh, Bob Tway/Scott Verplank and Sandy Lyle/Ian Woosnam.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: Phil Blackmar

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown / Arron Oberholser

EUROPEAN TOUR

Trophee Hassan II

Dates: April 25-28

Venue: Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Red Course), Rabat, Morocco

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 6:30-8:30 a.m. / 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday 6:30-8:30 a.m. / 10:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Saturday 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Sunday 7:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Levy defends: Alexander Levy finished one shot ahead of Alvaro Quiros for his fifth European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Sean Crocker, Thongchai Jaidee, Joost Luiten, Tom Lewis, Esteban Toledo and Chris Wood.

THE R&A

Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific

Dates: April 25-28

Venue: The Royal Golf Club, Hokota, Japan

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Wednesday 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live, Wednesday overnight)

Friday Midnight-2 a.m. (Live, Thursday overnight)

Saturday Midnight-2 a.m. (Live, Friday overnight)

Sunday Midnight-2 a.m. (Live, Saturday overnight)

Broadcast Notes:

Event format: This is the second edition of the event, which has been developed by The R&A and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation to find emerging talent and to provide a pathway for Asia’s elite female amateurs to the international stage. 80 players representing 19 countries and territories will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with the winner receiving exemptions into the 2019 Evian Championship, 2019 AIG Women’s British Open, and the 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Headlining the field: Yu-Chiang Hou, Yu-Sang Hou, Seo-yun Kwon, Hee Ying Loy, Bianca Pagdanganan, Yuka Saso, Julienne Soo, Atthaya Thitkul, Yuka Yasuda and Lei Ye.

PGA OF AMERICA

PGA Professional Championship

Dates: April 28-May 1

Venue: Belfair (East & West Courses), Bluffton, S.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Sunday 10 p.m.-Midnight (Tape delay)

Monday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Tuesday replay)

Tuesday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Wednesday replay)

Wednesday 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Thursday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

312 PGA professionals vying for coveted spots in 2019 PGA Championship: 312 PGA of America professionals will compete for 20 places in the field for next month’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in New York. The field will complete one round on each of the East and West courses over the first two days prior to a 36-hole cut for the low 90 players (and ties). The final two rounds will be contested on the West course, and a second cut after 54 holes will reduce the field to the low 70 and ties.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson

Analyst: Charlie Rymer

Tower: Todd Lewis

On-Course: Tripp Isenhour / Kay Cockerill

Interviews: Scott Walker

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