Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Florida Swing Enters Third Leg as Spieth Defends at Valspar Championship

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR stages the third leg of its Florida Swing as World No. 1 Jordan Spieth is set to defend his 2015 title at the Valspar Championship outside of Tampa. Golf Channel and NBC will televise the event – the third in a series of six consecutive weeks of exclusive NBC Sports Group live tournament coverage of the PGA TOUR leading up to the Masters in April.

Valspar Championship
Dates: March 10-13
Venue: Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
- Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-10 p.m. (Replay)
- Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-10 p.m. (Replay)
- Saturday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
- Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
- Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
- Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
* Last opportunity to qualify for WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin: The top-64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking at the conclusion of the Valspar Championship are eligible to compete in the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, March 23-27.
* Morning Drive on-site from Innisbrook: Golf Channel’s daily news program, Morning Drive (10 a.m.-Noon ET Thursday-Sunday), will feature on-site reports Thursday-Sunday from Innisbrook’s Copperhead course. Damon Hack and Paige Mackenzie will provide live updates on location and conduct interviews with players and other guests each day.
* Spieth defends: Jordan Spieth defeated Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair on the third playoff hole to earn his second PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Danny Willett, Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas and Martin Kaymer.

Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:
* Play by Play: Bob Papa (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)
* Analyst: Gary Koch (Golf Channel: Thursday-Friday; NBC) / Jerry Foltz (Golf Channel: Saturday-Sunday)
* Tower: Peter Jacobsen / Mark Rolfing
* On-Course: Notah Begay / David Feherty (Saturday-Sunday) / Billy Ray Brown (Thursday-Friday)
Interviews: Steve Sands

Other Tours: Miguel Angel Jimenez will headline the field at the True Thailand Classic on the European Tour, while the Ladies European Tour heads to China for the World Ladies Championship. And on the Sunshine Tour, a field of 16 will compete in the final event of the season as part of the Chase to the Investec Cup.

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