Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Oct. 14-18): Open

PGA TOUR 2015-16 Season Kicks Off with Open in Napa with McIlroy, Matsuyama and Koepka Headlining the Field

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR will kick off its 2015-16 season this week with the Open in Napa, Calif., the first of 47 regular season events leading up to the 2016 FedExCup Playoffs next August. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy headlines the field, along with Hideki Matsuyama and Brooks Koepka. Open
Dates: Oct. 15-18
Venue: Silverado Resort & Spa (North Course), Napa, 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 - 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
* Sunday - 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
2015-16 season kicks off: This week marks the first of 47 official events during the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season, with seven of those events being played in 2015.

Napa, Calif., resident Johnny Miller to contribute to Golf Channel’s event coverage: Napa resident and Golf Channel on NBC analyst Johnny Miller will make multiple appearances during Golf Channel’s telecasts of the Open this week. Miller was instrumental in finding a new home for the event after previously being contested at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. Pro-Am airing Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET: On Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will air the Pro-Am, as players make their final preparations ahead of Thursday’s opening round. U.S. Presidents Cup participant Chris Kirk will be mic’d up during the Pro-Am and provide viewers with insight during his round. NBA star (Golden State Warriors) Stephen Curry has committed to compete in the Pro-Am.

Jordan Spieth: Player of the Year airing Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET: Immediately following the Pro-Am show, Golf Channel will present a 30-minute special looking back on the memorable 2014-15 season of World No. 1, Jordan Spieth. The show will feature an exclusive interview with Spieth, conducted by Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner and Gary Williams. A roundtable discussion with Lerner, Williams, Damon Hack and Tim Rosaforte also will examine Spieth’s memorable season in the context of golf history.

PGA TOUR Season in Review airing on NBC, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET: Viewers will have an opportunity to recount the memorable 2014-2015 PGA TOUR season, with PGA TOUR 2015: Season in Review presented by Astellas airing Sunday, Oct. 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The special will examine the moments, biggest events and breakout stars from the past season on TOUR.

Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose, Chris Kirk, Daniel Berger, Charl Schwartzel, Brandt Snedeker, Ollie Schniederjans and Webb Simpson.

Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:
- Play by Play: Terry Gannon
- Analyst: Peter Jacobsen
- Tower: Gary Koch / Curt Byrum
- On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Matt Gogel
- Interviews: Tim Rosaforte

The Champions Tour hosts its penultimate event this week prior to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship with the San Antonio Championship. Colin Montgomerie currently carries a slim lead over Jeff Maggert in the Schwab Cup standings, and Bernhard Langer also is within striking distance of the top spot.

The LPGA Tour is in Korea – just 20 minutes down the road from where the Presidents Cup was contested last week – for the LPGA KEB – HanaBank Championship, where nine of the top-10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings are in the field.

And the European Tour will stage the Portugal Masters, with Martin Kaymer headlining the field.

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