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NBC and Golf Channel to air BMW event

FedExCup Playoffs Continue with BMW Championship; NBC Sports to Air 20 Hours of Live Tournament Coverage

Korn Ferry Tour Finals Kicks Off with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

PGA TOUR Champions in New York for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

European Tour Hosts Czech Masters in Czech Republic

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2019) – The newly enhanced FedExCup Playoffs continue this week with the BMW Championship outside of Chicago with a field comprised of the top-70 players in the points standings. GOLF Channel and NBC will combine for 20 hours of live coverage Thursday-Sunday, with the top-30 in the standings advancing to the season-ending TOUR Championship in Atlanta. The Korn Ferry Tour Finals – a series of three events where players will compete for PGA TOUR membership for the 2019-2020 season – kicks off this week with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio. GOLF Channel will air live coverage Thursday-Sunday. The PGA TOUR Champions head to upstate New York this week for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, and the European Tour stages the Czech Masters.



BMW Championship

Dates: Aug. 15-18

Venue: Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Ill.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Friday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday Noon-3 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday Noon-2 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)

Sunday 2-6 p.m. (Live)

PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold (Eastern):

Thursday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Xander Schauffele/Abraham Ancer/Gary Woodland (11:37 a.m. ET)
  • Brooks Koepka/Patrick Reed/Rory McIlroy (11:48 a.m. ET)

Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)

  • Tiger Woods/C.T. Pan/Billy Horschel (10:37 a.m. ET)
  • Second group to be voted on via “Fan Vote Friday” Twitter poll

Broadcast Notes:

FedExCup Playoffs Continue: As part of the PGA TOUR’s enhanced schedule this season, the Playoffs now consist of three events. The top-70 players in the standings following last week’s NORTHERN TRUST are eligible to take part this week in the BMW Championship. Following this week, the top-30 will advance to next week’s TOUR Championship in Atlanta.

Morning Drive on-site at BMW Championship: Gary Williams and Brian Bateman will be on-site at the BMW Championship throughout the week offering updates, reports and interviews from Medinah Country Club.

Bradley defends: Keegan Bradley defeated Justin Rose with a par on the first playoff hole at Aronimink Golf Club to earn his fourth PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods

NBC Sports Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Dan Hicks / Steve Sands (GOLF Channel, weekend)

Analysts: Paul Azinger / Frank Nobilo (GOLF Channel, weekend)

Tower: David Feherty / Gary Koch / Jimmy Roberts / Steve Sands

On-Course: Roger Maltbie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, Mark Rolfing

Interviews: George Savaricas, Steve Sands

Essays: Jimmy Roberts


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Dates: Aug. 15-18

Venue: Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet Course), Columbus, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday 3-5 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday 2-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

First event of Korn Ferry Tour Finals: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is the first of three events comprising the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, where 25 PGA TOUR cards will be awarded solely on the performance of this three-event series for the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season.

Headlining the field: Jonathan Byrd, Kevin Chappell, Erik Compton, Harris English, Doug Ghim, Beau Hossler, Viktor Hovland, Anirban Lahiri, Rob Oppenheim, Robert Streb, Richy Werenski

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Steve Burkowski

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Phil Blackmar

On-Course: Tripp Isenhour / Gary Christian

Interviews: Chantel McCabe


Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

Dates: Aug. 16-18

Venue: En-Joie Golf Course, Endicott, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

Friday 7-9 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live via GOLF Channel Digital)

Saturday 5-7 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday 4:30-7 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Bryant defends: Bart Bryant defeated Michael Bradley by one stroke to earn his second career PGA TOUR Champions win and his second win in this event.

Headlining the field: Bart Bryant, Fred Couples, John Daly, Retief Goosen, Jay Haas, Peter Jacobsen, Bernhard Langer, Davis Love III, Scott McCarron, David Toms

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey

On Course: John Cook / Billy Ray Brown


Czech Masters

Dates: Aug. 15-18

Venue: Albatross Golf Resort – Prague, Czech Republic

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 5-7 a.m. / 9-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live via GOLF Channel Digital)

Friday 5-7 a.m. / 9-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live via GOLF Channel Digital)

Saturday 8-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live via GOLF Channel Digital)

Sunday 7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Headlining the field: Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Bernd Wiesberger

-NBC Sports Group-

Media Contacts:
Jeremy Friedman
GOLF Channel Communications

Jeff Szklinski
GOLF Channel Communications