Wednesday, February 18, 2015

PGA TOUR Wraps up West Coast Swing with Northern Trust Open as Watson Defends 2014 Title

Webb Defends ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in Native Country

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR shifts to Southern California this week with 2014 Northern Trust Open winner Bubba Watson defending at Riviera Country Club. At week’s end, the TOUR will turn its attention to the “Florida Swing”, with four consecutive tournaments scheduled in the Sunshine state beginning with The Honda Classic next week. The LPGA Tour returns with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, as 41-time LPGA Tour winner and Australia native Karrie Webb will try to defend in her home country in an event she has won on five previous occasions. And, the European Tour will co-sanction the Hero Indian Open for the first time ever this week.

Northern Trust Open
Dates: Feb. 19-22
Venue: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):        
Thursday: 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday: 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday: 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday: 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Watson defends: Bubba Watson finished two shots ahead of Dustin Johnson to earn his fifth career PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Hideki Matsuyama, Fred Couples and Davis Love III.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
* Play by Play: Terry Gannon
* Analyst: Nick Faldo
* Tower: Curt Byrum / Matt Gogel
* On-Course: Phil Parkin / Phil Blackmar
* Interviews: George Savaricas

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Dates: Feb. 18-21
Venue: Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Composite Course), Melbourne, Australia

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):        
Wednesday: 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Thursday replay)
Thursday: 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Friday replay)
Friday: 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 3-6:30 p.m. (Sunday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Webb defends: Karrie Webb won by one stroke over Chella Choi for her 40th career LPGA Tour win, and it was her fifth time winning her national open championship.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Na Yeon Choi, So Yeon Ryu, Jessica Korda, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Charley Hull, Ai Miyazato, Chella Choi, Minjee Lee and Cheyenne Woods.

Hero Indian Open
Dates: Feb. 19-22
Venue: Delhi Golf Club (Lodhi Course), New Delhi, India

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):        
Thursday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape delay)
Friday: 5-7 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Tape delay)
Saturday: 5:30-9:30 a.m. (Tape delay)
Sunday: 5:30-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Broadcast Notes:
Tournament being played as official European Tour event for first time: This is the 51st edition of the Hero Indian Open, but the first time that it will be contested as an official European Tour event. It is co-sanctioned by both the European Tour and Asian Tour, and marks the first European Tour event in India since the 2013 Avantha Masters.

Headlining the field: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Arjun Atwal, Anirban Lahiri, Jeev Milkha Singh, Siddikur Rahman, Daniel Chopra, S.S. P. Chawrasia and Jyoti Randhawa.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
* Play by Play: Dominik Holyer
* Analyst: Paul Eales
* On Course: Dom Boulet

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