Group Selections Will Be Drawn Live on Golf Channel During 90-Minute Special, Including Player Reaction from Host Course TPC Harding Park in San Francisco
(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The new player selection process determining the groupings that will complete the competition bracket for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play will be showcased live on a Golf Central Special airing April 27 at Noon ET, on Golf Channel.
The 90-minute “Selection Monday” show will originate from Studio A at Golf Channel’s world headquarters in Orlando, Fla., and will be hosted by Ryan Burr, with analysis provided by analyst Tripp Isenhour and Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte. Todd Lewis will be reporting with player reaction from the site of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
Also joining in studio will be PGA TOUR rules official John Lillvis, who will officially oversee the process to determine the groupings. The new format this year will assign the top seed for each of the 16 four-player groups based on the top 16 players in order of their position in the Official World Golf Ranking. The remaining three players in each group will be determined by a blind draw from each of three pools depending on their standing in the OWGR (17-32, 33-48 and 49-64). Each group will play round-robin matches within their group Wednesday through Friday. The player with the best record in each group advances to the Round of 16 for single-elimination match play.
Following the telecast at 1:30 p.m. ET, viewers can log on to www.GolfChannel.com for further analysis and discussion of the groupings with editor Jay Coffin and staff writer Ryan Lavner on Monday Scramble, a new, weekly digital program. Burr, Isenhour and Rosaforte will drop in for a segment, as will staff writer Will Gray. The team also will break down the week’s past action in golf, including the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Golf Channel’s social media platforms will be reporting news, insights and updates all week surrounding the WGC-Cadillac Match Play via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Fans will have access to the latest information from the group announcements on Monday to the final 16 on Friday, and the crowning of a Match Play Champion on Sunday. Handles to follow for the week include @GolfChannel, @GolfCentral, @GCTigerTracker, Facebook.com/GolfChannel, Instagram.com/GolfChannel.
Golf Channel and NBC will feature more than 30 live hours of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, with much of the coverage airing in primetime. On Saturday, May 2, NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby will lead directly into the Quarterfinal matches, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.