Live Coverage Returns to Broadcast Television for First Time Since 2013 With Weekend Coverage on NBC
(WOBURN, England) – Historic Woburn Golf Club near London sets the stage this week for the women’s fourth major championship of 2016, the RICOH Women’s British Open, featuring a field that includes eight of the top-10 players in the Rolex World Rankings and 29 out of the top-30 in the 2016 LPGA money list. Golf Channel and NBC will air more than 20 hours of live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday, the most number of live hours in the tournament’s history and marking the tournament’s return to broadcast television.
TOURNAMENT COVERAGE: 22 LIVE HOURS: Thursday and Friday, Golf Channel will air live coverage in two telecast windows (4:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. ET / 9 a.m.-Noon ET). Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily news and lifestyle show, will air in between to recap the action and preview the afternoon wave. Saturday and Sunday, live coverage will begin at 9 am ET on Golf Channel and will continue on NBC at 11 a.m. ET.
WRAPAROUND NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Central and Morning Drive will provide comprehensive wraparound coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open on-site from Woburn Golf Club. Cara Robinson will report for Morning Drive and Golf Central.
TOURNAMENT TEAM: Rich Lerner and Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin will call the action from the 18th hole broadcast booth. Tom Abbott will report from a tower position, with Jerry Foltz and 2004 Women’s British Open champion Karen Stupples on the course. Mike Ritz also joins the broadcast team as studio host, and Robinson will conduct interviews.
RICOH Women’s British Open / NBC Sports Group Airtimes (all times ET)
July 28 - 4:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
July 29 - 4:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m. -Noon (Live)
July 30 - 9-11 a.m. (Live, Golf Channel) / 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live, NBC)
July 31 - 9-11 a.m. (Live, Golf Channel) / 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live, NBC)