Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NBC Sports Group Set to Cover Tiger's Return to Competitive Golf at the Hero World Challenge

Coverage from Orlando’s Isleworth Golf & Country Club to Feature News Conferences, Live Look-Ins, Sit-Down Interviews and Tournament Action

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Competing for the first time since August, Tiger Woods returns to action this week to headline an invitation-only, star-studded field at the Hero World Challenge, which will be covered from all angles by Golf Channel and NBC.

Taking place at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Fla., the tournament will feature 18 of the PGA TOUR’s top players competing in a 72-hole, stroke play event for a $1 million prize. In addition to Woods, who has won this event on five occasions, other headliners (and past champions) in the field include: Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell (2010, 2012), Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Zach Johnson (2013) and Jordan Spieth, who is coming off a spectacular, four-shot victory at the Emirates Australian Open. Golf Channel will air live coverage of the Hero World Challenge Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5, followed by weekend coverage on both Golf Channel and NBC, Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7.

Granted special access, Golf Channel cameras will follow Woods in his official capacity as tournament host during the week and will air a series of features highlighting his role scheduled to air both on Morning Drive and Golf Central. Expected is footage from the tournament golf clinic, welcome dinner, practice rounds, Tiger Woods Foundation board meeting, and behind-the-scenes media appearances and photo shoots.

Other coverage includes:
* Live look-ins from Isleworth throughout the week on both Morning Drive and Golf Central.
* Live coverage of the Hero World Challenge News Conferences, featuring Woods, Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET.
* Zach Johnson guest appearance on Tuesday’s edition of Morning Drive.
* Sit-down interview with Woods to air Wednesday on Morning Drive.
* NBC golf analysts appear on Morning Drive throughout the week.
* Woods’ appearance in the NBC Sports Group broadcast booth during the tournament.

HERO WORLD CHALLENGE BROADCAST TEAMS: Terry Gannon and Frank Nobilo will call the action for Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5, as well as weekend “lead-in” coverage Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7. Dan Hicks and Roger Maltbie will anchor NBC’s weekend coverage, with Gary Koch, Notah Begay, Billy Kratzert and Steve Sands reporting for both Golf Channel and NBC.

Dec. 4 - 2-5 p.m. Golf Channel
Dec. 5 - 2-5 p.m. Golf Channel
Dec. 6 - Noon-2:30 p.m. Golf Channel
Dec. 6 - 2:30-5 p.m. NBC
Dec. 7 - Noon-1:30 p.m. Golf Channel
Dec. 7 - 1:30-5 p.m. NBC

The Hero World Challenge will continue to raise funds and awareness for the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and will also benefit the Tavistock Foundation. The Tiger Woods Foundation provides educational opportunities for underserved youth nationwide, with the mission to break the cycle of poverty. The Tavistock Foundation is dedicated to supporting communities in which the Tavistock Group has significant business interests, with a focus on funding education and medical research programs.

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