Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Golf on TV - Six of Top-10 in World, Woods in Charlotte for Wells Fargo Championship

LPGA Outside of Dallas for Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR is in North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship, as six of the top-10 in the world along with 14-time major champion Tiger Woods headline the field.

The LPGA is north of Dallas for the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic, as a new venue – Old American Golf Club – stages the event for the first time.

The PGA TOUR Champions also are in Texas for the Insperity Invitational, which for the seventh consecutive year will include the “Legends of Golf” competition during Saturday’s second round telecast, featuring Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam.

The European Tour will stage GolfSixes for the second straight year, with 16 teams of two pairing up for a series of six-hole matches on Saturday-Sunday.

Wells Fargo Championship
Dates: May 3-6
Venue: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday 2-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-11 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 2-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1:30-2 p.m. / 6-7 p.m. (Live)
Friday 1:30-2 p.m. (Live) / 8-8:30 p.m.
Saturday 2:45-3 p.m. / 8-9 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 2:45-3 p.m. / 8-9 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Woods headlines player news conference on Wednesday at Noon ET: Tomorrow at Noon ET from the Wells Fargo Championship media center, Golf Channel will showcase press conference sessions with several players in the field. Those expected to speak with media during the news conference show include Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas. Woods, who is a past winner of the event (2007), returns this week to compete in Charlotte for the first time since 2012.

Harman defends: Brian Harman defeated Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez by one stroke at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C., to earn his second career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Kisner and Brian Harman.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Terry Gannon
- Analyst: Nick Faldo
- Tower: Matt Gogel
- On-Course: Curt Byrum
- Interviews: George Savaricas

Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic
Dates: May 3-6
Venue: Old American Golf Club, The Colony, Texas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)                                  
Thursday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 5:30-8 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 5:30-8 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
New venue: This is the sixth edition of the event, however, it is being staged at the Old American Golf Club for the first time.

“Caddie Knows Best” with Iacobelli on Thursday: During Thursday’s opening round coverage, Danielle Iacobelli and her caddie will be featured in “Caddie Knows Best,” where Danielle will try to match answers to questions posed to her caddie about her interests and habits on Tour.

Torres to be spotlighted in “Rookie Feature” on Friday: LPGA Tour rookie Maria Torres will be featured within Friday’s live tournament coverage as part of a “Rookie Spotlight” feature.

Nomura defends: Haru Nomura utilized a birdie on the sixth playoff hole to defeat Cristie Kerr at Las Colinas Country Club to earn her third LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Sung Hyun Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Anna Nordqvist, Moriya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko, In Gee Chun, Minjee Lee, Brooke Henderson, Brittany Lincicome, Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Grant Boone
- Analyst: Judy Rankin
- Tower: Tom Abbott
- On Course: Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill

Insperity Invitational
Dates: May 4-6
Venue: The Woodlands Country Club (Tournament Course), The Woodlands, Texas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Friday 6-8 p.m. (Tape delay) / 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday 3-5:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-5:30 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
“Greats of Golf” featured during Saturday’s telecast: For the seventh consecutive year, the tournament will showcase the “Greats of Golf,” during Saturday’s second round. The 18-hole scramble format will feature Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Annika Sorenstam, Tom Weiskopf, David Graham, Tony Jacklin, Dave Stockton, Larry Nelson, Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller, Charles Coody and Bill Rogers.

Daly defends: John Daly finished one shot clear of Kenny Perry and Tommy Armour III for his inaugural PGA TOUR Champions win.

Headlining the Field: Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Steve Flesch, David Toms, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, Kenny Perry and Jerry Kelly.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Bob Papa
- Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
- Tower: John Mahaffey
- On-Course: Billy Ray Brown / John Cook
- Interviews: Steve Sands

Dates: May 5-6
Venue: Centurion Club, St. Albans, England

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Format: This is the second edition of GolfSixes, an unofficial two-day event featuring 16 two-person teams competing in six-hole matches. A new feature this year is the inclusion of specialty teams. The matches will use a greensome format, a modified alternate-shot in which both players hit a tee shot on each hole, choose one, and then alternate on each shot for the remainder of the hole. The 16 teams on Saturday will be separated into four groups of four and play six-hole matches in a round-robin format, with teams receiving three points for a win, one for a halve and zero for a loss. On Day two, the top-two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage with the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.

Denmark defends: The team of Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard (Denmark) defeated Scott Hend and Sam Brazel of Australia in the final.

Notable teams: Kiradech Aphibarnrat/Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand), Lucas Bjerregaard/Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark), Thomas Bjorn/Catriona Matthew (European, captains), Carlota Ciganda/Mel Reid (European, women), Paul Dunne/Gavin Moynihan (Ireland), Georgia Hall/Charley Hull (England, women)

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Robert Lee
- Analyst: Nick Dougherty / David Howell / Amy Boulden / Richard Boxall
- On-Course: Wayne Riley / Henni Zuel

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