Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes and Notes: RBC Heritage, LOTTE Championship

PGA TOUR Shifts to Hilton Head for RBC Heritage; World No. 1 Lydia Ko and Michelle Wie Headline Field at LOTTE Championship in Hawaii

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR is on Hilton Head Island this week for the RBC Heritage, where 33 of the 93 players in last week’s Masters field are competing this week, including the past three champions at this event – Matt Kuchar (2014), Jim Furyk (2015) and Branden Grace (2016).

The LPGA Tour is in Hawaii for the LOTTE Championship, airing in primetime on Golf Channel from Wednesday-Saturday. Four of the top-five in the Rolex Rankings, headlined by No. 1 Lydia Ko, all five past champions at this event, including 2014 champion Michelle Wie, are competing this week.

RBC Heritage
Dates: April 13-16
Venue: Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday - 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Friday - 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday - 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday - 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday - 1:30-3 p.m. (Live) / 6-7 p.m. (Live)
Friday - 2:30-3 p.m. (Live) / 6-7 p.m. (Live)
Saturday - 12:30-1 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-3 p.m. (Live) / 6-7 p.m. (Live)
Sunday - 12:30-1 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-3 p.m. (Live) / 6-7 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Grace defends: Branden Grace defeated Luke Donald and Russell Knox for his first career PGA TOUR win.
Headlining the field: Keegan Bradley, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Bryson DeChambeau, Ernie Els, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Jim Furyk, Branden Grace, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Marc Leishman, Davis Love III, Graeme McDowell, William McGirt, Sam Saunders, Vijay Singh, Brandt Snedeker and Danny Willett.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
- Play by Play: Terry Gannon
- Analyst: Curt Byrum
- Tower: Matt Gogel / Jim Gallagher Jr.
- On-Course: Craig Perks
- Interviews: Damon Hack / Steve Burkowski

LOTTE Championship
Dates: April 12-15                                                                    
Venue: Ko Olina Golf Club, Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday - 7-11 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Thursday - 7-11 p.m. (Live) / 5-6:30 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday - 7-11 p.m. (Live)
Saturday - 7-11 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
LOTTE Championship airing in primetime Wednesday-Saturday on Golf Channel: Golf Channel will televise all four rounds of the LOTTE Championship live and in primetime, Wednesday-Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Lee defends: Minjee Lee defeated In Gee Chun and Katie Burnett by one stroke to earn her second career LPGA Tour win.
Gonzalez Escallon Rookie Spotlight: Golf Channel will spotlight LPGA rookie Laura Gonzalez Escallon this week during tournament coverage.
Caddie Knows Best – Alison Lee: LPGA professional Alison Lee will find out how well her caddie knows her in this week’s Caddie Knows Best feature that will air during  tournament coverage.      
Headlining the field: Aditi Ashok, In Gee Chun, Carlota Ciganda, Paula Creamer, Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko, Alison Lee, Minjee Lee, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Inbee Park, Michelle Wie, Cheyenne Woods and Amy Yang.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
- Host / Interviews: Tom Abbott
- Play by Play: Grant Boone
- Analyst: Karen Stupples
- Tower: Mark Rolfing                        
- On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill

Additional Tours
The PGA TOUR Champions are in Georgia for the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, with six Masters champions who competed last week in the field: Larry Mize, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Mark O’Meara, Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Woosnam.

The European Tour and the Ladies European Tour will stage their events at the same venue - Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco. The Trophee Hassan II will be staged on the Red Course, and the Lalla Meryem Cup will take place on the Blue Course.

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