Industry News

Golf Channel to televise 4 pro events

Johnson, Fowler Lead Field at PGA TOUR’s Inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit as TOUR Returns to Michigan for First Time in 10 Years

Hataoka Defends at LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Airing Friday-Sunday Live on GOLF Channel

Korn Ferry Tour’s Utah Championship Airing Live in Primetime, Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel

Garcia Vying for Third Straight Win at Andalucia Masters in Home Country

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 26, 2019) – The PGA TOUR is in Michigan for the first time in 10 years, with the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic taking place in Detroit. Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland headline the field, and GOLF Channel’s coverage will include Detroit-area local Mike Tirico hosting play-by-play duties throughout the week. The network’s Golf Central news show also will originate live from on-site at Detroit Golf Club Thursday-Sunday. On the LPGA, Nasa Hataoka defends her title at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, airing Friday-Sunday live on GOLF Channel. The Korn Ferry Tour is out west for the Utah Championship, which will air live in primetime Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel. The European Tour is in Spain, where Sergio Garcia will look to claim the Andalucia Masters for the third straight year in his home country.



Rocket Mortgage Classic

Dates: June 27-30

Venue: Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Mich.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):

Thursday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Billy Horschel/Hideki Matsuyama/Bubba Watson (7:25 a.m.)
  • Rickie Fowler/Charles Howell III/Kevin Kisner (7:35 a.m.)

Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Dustin Johnson/Chez Reavie/Patrick Reed (7:35 a.m.)
  • Second group to be voted on via “Fan Vote Friday” Twitter poll

Broadcast Notes:

Golf Central airing from on-site at Detroit Golf Club: Thursday-Sunday, Golf Central will originate from on-site at Detroit Golf Club with live news coverage previewing and recapping live tournament action. Ryan Burr will host, with Notah Begay and Brandel Chamblee offering analysis, and George Savaricas reporting the latest developing storylines and interviewing players in the field.

Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Chez Reavie, Ernie Els, Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Mike Tirico

Analyst: Nick Faldo

Tower: Curt Byrum

On-Course: Kay Cockerill

Interviews: George Savaricas

Golf Central Broadcast Team:

Host: Ryan Burr

Analyst: Brandel Chamblee / Notah Begay

Reporter: George Savaricas


Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Dates: June 28-30

Venue: Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Ark.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

Friday Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live)

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

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

Broadcast Notes:

Lopez joining broadcast booth during Saturday’s second round coverage: Gaby Lopez will be welcomed into the broadcast booth during Saturday’s second round coverage to offer insight and perspective during the telecast from a player in the field this week.

Hataoka defends: Nasa Hataoka finished six strokes ahead of Austin Ernst to claim her first LPGA win.

Headlining the field: Brooks Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn, Sung Hyun Park, Sei Young Kim, Inbee Park, Minjee Lee, Nasa Hataoka, Maria Fassi, Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Grant Boone

Analyst: Judy Rankin

Tower: Tom Abbott

On-Course: Karen Stupples / Jerry Foltz


Utah Championship

Dates: June 27-30

Venue: Oakridge Country Club, Farmington, Utah

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 6-9 p.m. (Live)

Friday 6-9 p.m. (Live)

Saturday 6-9 p.m. (Live)

Sunday 6-9 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Headlining the field: Doug Ghim, Maverick McNealy, Henrik Norlander, Scottie Scheffler, Robby Shelton, Braden Thornberry, Norman Xiong, Lanto Griffin and Angel Cabrera.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Steve Burkowski

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Phil Blackmar

On-Course: Gary Christian


Andalucia Masters

Dates: June 27-30

Venue: Royal Valderrama Club, Sotogrande, Spain

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

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

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

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

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

Broadcast Notes:

Garcia defends: Sergio Garcia finished four shots clear of Shane Lowry to successfully defend his 2017 title and earn his 15th European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Jose Maria Olazabal and Andrea Pavan.

-NBC Sports Group-


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